I know, I know… new year means, “new me” right? Wrong! I’ve realized that I’ve been looking at getting healthy incorrectly all of these years. I didn’t start putting on my weight till after I had kids, so I guess, you could say that my mentality was a tad bit construed, or maybe I was just lazy. But, this year (I actually started in December 2017), I’m making a change in not only my thoughts and how I view things, but what I’m doing to get to my healthy me. Today I share with you my 2018 Personal Fitness Goals. I whole-heartily agree that a person’s fitness and health goals should be tapered and adjusted, customized and unique to that particular person. We aren’t cookies, so, therefore, we shouldn’t have cookie-cutter goals and routines. Don’t you agree?
Try New Things: I really want to be able to embrace new workouts by trying new things and including a variety of different stuff. By doing so you will encourage your body to continue burning fat for energy and increasing your metabolism. While I know it, I often get stuck in the same rut. My schedule is never my own, so I workout and exercise around everyone else’s time. Because of this, I find myself doing what I know works and that fits within that given time frame. The problem is that my body eventually gets to a standstill and as I plateau, I get discouraged. I have somewhat figured out a way around this. By creating a schedule block of different exercises throughout the week, changing between interval training, cardio and stretching as well as a good walk/jog each week, my body will still be active while still burning fat and building leaner muscle. Adding in additional dance and hip-hop fitness into the mix is a great way to jumpstart the routines as I’m changing them around throughout the month. I’ll test my theory and I’ll get back with all of you on how it has worked for me.
Get Running: I also look at my current fitness and exercise regimen and compare it to what I used to do before. I bet most people didn’t know that I was a runner. I ran cross country and track in middle school and high school. I used to be pretty fast too. After a few ankle injuries in the last 20-25 years and a bad knee, I stopped running or even jogging and it’s been a struggle for me to get back on track. By the end of this year, I want to be able to at least jog without being in so much pain. I have been slowly increasing my walks to a light jog lately and I noticed that it’s a challenge for my aches and pains. But with proper support and effort, I think I can include low impact running into my workout routine before the end of the year.
Planks, Pull ups and Push ups – oh my: Before planks were a popular thing, my Daddy had me doing them along with pull ups and push ups each day. It’s how I kept my core strong and strengthened my arms so that I could paddle my surfboard out to the wave breaks and stand up on the board, balance and catch a wave. It’s been years since I’ve been able to really do any of those things. However, I’ve been slowly incorporating all three into my exercise regimen the last month. I’d love to be able to do planks, push ups and pull ups easily, without having to stop to take a break between each set. I’d also like to be able to do it the challenging way instead of easy. I think by incorporating a little of it in each workout, by the end of the year, I’ll be to able to do it without struggling.
Positive affirmation and goals: You see the photo above? Well, that photo was taken in 1998, back when I was smaller than a size 8 and 125 lbs wet. It seems like a lifetime ago. Obviously, I have had three children (2 pregnancies) and I weigh more than 150 lbs above that weight that I am in that photo. I’m realistic that I can do well and I can lose my weight, tone my muscles and build lean muscle, but, honestly, I will never look the same again. I will have saggy skin once I lose my weight and that’s something I have to deal with, but I will be healthy and happy because I accomplished it all. My biggest fitness goal this year is to use my past body as inspiration, determination and drive to be a healthier person, not using it as a way to bring me down. Our lives are filled with enough negativity and lack of drive, that I want to make sure that I’m not soaking all the bad energy in. I’m doing all of this for a healthier me so that I can be there for my husband and sons. It doesn’t matter what anyone says or the looks they give because it doesn’t feed my drive to be a better me. My goal this year is to keep positivity around me as much as possible so that I can be much more successful in this healthier lifestyle.
My 2018 Fitness goals are minimal but I believe they will make a huge impact on me. Besides, when we try out new things or focus on things to drive us, sometimes starting off small is the key. What about you? Do you have any fitness goals for this year? Is there anything in particular that you would like to try or incorporate into the year to get you on track?
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I’m quite impressed with myself – to be honest, that I was able to release most of my Holiday Gift Guides by the first week of December. Let’s all stand and give me a round of applause, shall we? lol – All kidding aside, I’m pretty happy with myself this year because I laid out a schedule and I kept with it. Today, I’m sharing with you a gift guide that I’m absolutely excited about, because it’s one of my favorites to do each year. When it comes to Stocking Stuffers, I find that they can be the easiest gift to buy for anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Why? Well, because anything that you can fit in a Christmas stocking goes… and for me – that means I get to pick up all the little nifty products that I would love to get or receive as a gift and it can always be something fun, practical or unpractical and definitely interesting. I have a wide list of products that fit into this list so this is going to be a long post – so without further adieu, let’s get started.
Hickies Lacing System is by far one of my favorite gifts to give for the holiday. Each pack is small enough to fit into a stocking (of most sizes) and anyone who wears shoes with traditional laces will love these. I own about 8 pairs myself, using them to change up my shoes from time to time and to fit my personality for the day. Sneaker designs change but one thing that remains the same, are laces. You’ll never have to tie a shoelace again and once you go Hickies, you’ll never go back to traditional laces.
Hickies come in a huge array of colors and sizes for adults and children and are so easy to put on and take off. Hickies is running a Winter Holiday Sale right now – purchase Hickies 1.0 for $13.99 (reg $14.99), Hickies 2.0 for $14.99 (reg $17.99) and Hickies Kids for $9.99 (reg $11.99)
Purchase Hickies at: https://www.hickies.com/
I couldn’t mention a cool pair of laces without mentioning something along the lines of fitness and the MilestonePod is definitely a great stocking stuffer. This little device is perfect for any runner or walker and whether you’re training for your first 5K or just getting into shape or staying active, this is the perfect gear for you. This wearable pod not only tracks your running metrics, but it also tells you when it’s time to replace your shoes and it helps to prevent many common injuries a new running should definitely have in their toolkit.
The Pod is easy to use. Simply clip the Pod onto your shoe once and leave it there. The Pod collects data as soon as it senses movement. The Pod is always ready to go and it knows when you start and stop. There is no need to run with your phone to keep track of the data and you can sync your Pod to the MilestonePod App to view detailed performance data and gait metrics. The Pod works everywhere, even indoors and no charging is needed.
The MilestonePod retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at: http://www.milestonepod.com/the-product/the-milestone-pod/
Handcrafted jewelry pieces make GREAT stocking stuffers. Pura Vida Jewelry offers gorgeous handmade pieces and each bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their gorgeous work. Pura Vida Charity Collection was created to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida is partnered with over 190 charities and have donated more than $935,358 to date. Pura Vida also donates 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. The goal of Pura Vida is to continue to expand the charity line and support as many causes as possible. These gorgeous bracelets (pictured above) have been favorites of mine to use on a daily basis because they are dressy, yet casual and work well with anything that I’m wearing.
Pura Vida Bracelets retail for $5.00 each or you can select a Style Pack that retails for $65+. You can purchase your bracelet(s) from Pura Vida at: http://www.puravidabracelets.com/
When it comes to gift giving – I do my best to offer functional gifts to friends and family. A gift that you can expect from me or a stocking stuffer for all to see would be a reusable tote. Here in Hawaii, plastic bags are banned and unable to be given out at grocery markets so a great tote makes a perfect gift for anyone. Urban Market Bags to the rescue. With Urban Market bags you get 3 or 6 bags per drawstring pack which means you basically have your needs covered with bags should you need them.
Urban Market Bags come in contemporary colors that look great (I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of that bright blue bag you get at one of those big box stores) and they are made of high quality, durable and machine washable fabric. What I love about them is that they fold up small to fit in a handbag or cupholder of your car as well as a Christmas Stocking and they are just perfect for everyday.Urban Market bags are great to take to the soccer or in my case football field, gym or grocery store and I love that you have three or more bags to take with you and have bags that are stylish.
3 Pack Set retails for $28.00 and 6 Pack Set retails for $40.00 – Urban Market Bags can be purchased at: http://www.urbanmarketbags.com/shop
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Probably one of my favorite stocking stuffers to give out this year comes from Topperfino. If you follow me on Instagram (if not, hello -what are you waiting for? lol) you would have seen me post about Topperfino a few weeks back. Coffee is such a huge part of our everyday lifestyles – well, in my case, it’s now cocoa and tea since I can’t drink coffee as much as I would like. Topperfino is a great coffee innovation, a chocolate topper that not only gorgeous but delectable.
Topperfino is the perfect mix for coffee to create an unparalleled coffee art, but it’s a chocolate topper that can be enjoyed with any frothy hot chocolate or foamy drink. These toppers make fabulous presents.
Get the Limited Edition Holidays Mix – 10 count box for $19.99 or select the design that you think would make a great gift for just $13.99 a 10 count box. Purchase your Topperfino for yourself or a gift at: http://topperfino.com/
I have mentioned LATHER in a previous Gift Guide for Skin Care and Body Care and couldn’t possibly resist sharing them again. LATHER has made great stocking stuffers and ornaments packaged appropriately for the holiday season. The Soap & Candle sets ($18.00 each) make great stocking stuffers as well as the Sugar Plum Kisses Set ($15.00 each) and Vanilla Bath Fizz Combos ($18.00 each). Each set would make a great addition to anyone’s gift collection and are packaged and ready to go for holiday gift giving. Simply add a little bow or hang on a tree and you’re ready to go.
FAB Nails by Beauty Junkees is the perfect little size for travel and on the go, but most definitely makes a great gift for anyone’s holiday stocking. It’s small and fits perfectly inside and it makes a wonderful gift. FAB (File and Buff) Nail File is a 2-in-1 Set that includes the best glass nail file and a case. The file is perfect for natural fingernails and a great nail care alternative to nail polish
This nail file is a great solution for men and women and if you can’t wear nail polish – you’ll enjoy this one. You can keep your nails looking FAB with a high gloss finish that lasts up to four weeks. FAB Nails crystal glass file lasts up to a year, depending on how you care for it and your use. It’s gentle on the nails like a chamois and can be used as a buffer in a back and forth direction, sealing the keratin layers together and preventing peeling and chipping. Unlike harsh Emery boardst hat can cause the keratin layers to shed, leaving your nails thin and sometimes peeling – FAB Nails is a great solution for a smooth, ridge free glossy finish.
This awesome nail file retails for $14.97 and can be purchased here.
I’ve been a long time fan of The Body Shop and I’m absolutely loving their new releases for the year. Any makeup lover would absolutely adore these Down to Earth Eye Palettes that have been recently released. These Limited Edition Eyeshadow Quads are a winter must have and are a part of The Body Shop’s Cruelty-free makeup collection. With 100% vegetarian formulation, which contains no carmine, petrolatum, gluten or mineral oil – these gifts will make a great find for anyone that wants to do good, feel good and look good this holiday season and always.
Available in 5 different shade selections (quads) and retailing for $24.00, these shadows are buttery, feel luxe and are winners this holiday for any makeup lover. You can purchase these at your local The Body Shop store or at: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com
Speaking of beauty lovers, lippies make great holiday stocking stuffers. Having to narrow down my favorites is nearly impossible, so I figured what better product to choose than a lippy that will protect the lips during the colder months. FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms have been a staple for my lips this Fall and Winter and I thought these would make great stocking stuffers. Available in Coconut Beach and Whoopie! Cream, these lip balms are so sleek and ready to rock out any pout.
Made with jojoba oil and shea butters, these lip balms promote healing and hydration with a long-wear formula that lasts and lasts with one application. They have a light fragrance and taste, but overall I love that they leave my lips hydrated all day long. These lip balms are perfect for travel and on the go and will be a great gift for anyone that needs a little lip therapy.
The FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms retail for $15.00 and can be purchased at: http://farmhousefreshgoods.com
The perfect little nail kit for the nail lover’s Christmas Stocking would be great nail wraps or decals. I was recently introduced to Glossique Nail Deco which makes it easy for anyone to have a gorgeous manicure at anytime. Say goodbye to dry-time, chipping and harsh chemicals and have a wonderful manicure for those holiday parties. I picked up a few of these to put in each of my nieces stockings this year because they are so fun and easy to use. Glossique offers a variety of different designs and they literally can be put on in minutes at anytime.
Glossique Nail Deco Decals retail for: $15.00 and can be purchased at: https://www.glossique.com/shop
Personalized gifts make great stocking stuffers too. Whether they are handcrafted using your own creativity or you utilize a service and put your own spin on things, I love a great personalized gift in my stocking. This cute square compact mirror you see here is a great gift. Retailing for $15.95 you can create your own by adding your own text and image. I used a photo of a sunflower that I took in my garden and added fun text that I love. The options are endless and you can personalize it with a family photo or anything you see fit.
Personalize your own gift at: http://www.zazzle.com
I certainly didn’t forget about the kiddos in our lives. Stocking Stuffers are so fun to shop for when it comes to kids because they are so happy to get fun little things that they can play with. My sons are no exception and I love that we can easily put small and fun gifts into their stocking and they will cherish it all. Lego Mixels are one of my favorite things to stash into a stocking each year. Mixels are created by Lego and are similar to basic lego in that you can build different characters utilizing a set of legos to create from. My sons love them and have quite a collection of these little guys so it’s always fun to add to their sets.
Lego Mixels can be purchased at different locations like Walmart, Target and other stores and I love that they range in price from $4.99 and up so there is a Mixels set for anyone.
The National Geographic Bug Dig Kits are something my sons love and that I love giving out as gifts. Each set allows you to dig up 3 real bugs and kids love to uncover these perfectly preserved insect specimens (spiny spider, fortune beetle and scorpion). Of course – there are a bunch of different bug kits online and National Geographic and Dr. Cool’s kits are our favorites. These make great stocking stuffers or gifts and offer an educational adventure for each child that gets one. Children will learn all about their speciments as well as many other fascinating anthropods and it becomes a cool interactive lesson with a hands-on science kit. The bugs can be kept and inspected in all angles as the bugs are preserved in transparent acrylic for easy examination.
These fun sets retail for about $10 – $20 and can be purchased here.
Like most of my gift guides this 2016 – this one is particularly lengthy, but I wanted to ensure to provide all of you, my readers with a variety of different things to help inspire your holiday gift shopping. Christmas is 13 days away and if you’re still out shopping, I definitely suggest checking out some of these finds. A few things I didn’t include in my gift guide but definitely suggest are:
Pens or Pencils (I love getting new fun gel pens for the holiday – they are great gifts for a planner lover or student)
Candy Canes (I absolutely love seeing all of the different candy canes now available in stores, grab a box of canes and put a few in a stocking. Because, everyone loves a great sweet treat)
Body lotion (I didn’t include this one in the list, but I love getting some new body lotion for holidays – anything sweet smelling is right for me)
homemade goods (I make a pie or chex mix, homemade fudge or something delectable to give to my postman, delivery guys and friends and family. Sometimes making things from the heart are the best goods anyone will receive)
** Holiday Gift Giving Tip: Keep in mind shipping times and delivery schedule when ordering online and find out from the company prior to purchasing if it will be shipped and delivered in time for holiday gift giving.
If you’re looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)
The Holidays is probably my favorite time of year and when it comes to Christmas gifts, I love shopping for family and friends. Any of these gifts would make a great selection for anyone this holiday season – even you, if you’re planning to treat yourself. What about you, are there any gifts on this list that you hope to find in your stocking this year, comment below and share!
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I bet you didn’t know, just by looking at me, that I walk or run a mile to two miles five days a week! Or that I exercise, workout or I spend lots of time on the elliptical at least 3x a week. Running or walking is my way of clearing my mind and keeping me motivated, active and allows me to really bring out my creative side and working out, well – it keeps me healthy and helps with my asthma. A few weeks ago I was in a grocery market when a lady snickered at the fact that I had picked up a pint of ice cream… basically saying… “Are you sure you need to be buying that?” I let it go, but I then realized that there is such a common misconception that if you are plus sized, or larger than most that you are obese or overweight. The fact of the matter is, yes – I could stand to lose about 100 pounds to make myself healthier for my children, my husband and me – but that doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily unhealthy as so many will assume that I am. Prior to having children, I was a size 8, petite in body with a large bust and behind and after having children certain medical ailments have assisted with my weight gain. I’m not an over eater, but because of my physique – I often get pegged as “the fat girl”. I realized a few years ago that while I’m on my journey to get healthy and stay healthy (regardless of my size), many will not see it as such. So – now I am categorized as a plus sized lady and hey, at this moment in time… it’s who I am and I’m okay with it. The important thing is that I continue to live a healthy life to the best of my ability – regardless of what the social standards may outline. Yes, I do have extra baggage on me, but – I do live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Today – after giving this topic some thought, I figured it would be a great way to not only share my story but also a few tips that can help you make small changes to your life for a healthy lifestyle. 5 easy, healthy lifestyle changes anyone can make and anyone can do. Feeling a little frumpy or just feel like you need a boost of endorphins or happy thoughts or need a little pick me up? These tips are simple, easy and you can do them too.
Drink more water
This particular tip may seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is… most people do not consume or drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day. I love water and I love that I can add a little bit of lemon to my water and I am hydrated for longer periods. I’m really good at drinking the recommended amount but if I don’t I make sure I have a trusty timer go off every so often so I do not forget. Having a bottle with you at all times helps A LOT. I fill up my Hydroflask with ice and water and take it with me whenever I’m on the go so I always have water available that is cold and refreshing whenever I need it. Just adding the 8 glasses of water to your daily intake each day will make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.
Get up and move, walk your way to healthy
It may seem like it’s no big deal, but walking increases not only your oxygen but also helps in you regulating your breathing. But, I get it – life can get busy and sometimes you can’t find the time… as a busy mother, I know this all too well. There are still so many ways to get your walking in. Park further away from the store, at the back of the parking lot (be careful to watch your surroundings if you are by yourself) and get a little extra walking time in that way. I hate battling for parking stalls – especially when I’m at places like Costco or Walmart, so I’ll just park far and walk – exercise and a little extra steps are worth it. You can also park your car at the end of the drive way instead of right near the house. Since my mailbox is at the bottom of the drive way and we have another house in front of us, I like to walk back and forth to the mailbox a few times if I know I can’t devote any time to walking that day. And, sometimes walking by yourself is boring… so head to your local big box store like Target, Walmart, etc. and just walk around the store window shopping (if you can avoid the need to make a purchase) and get some walking done there. Last week while walking around target I clocked over 1200 steps just browsing the store and it didn’t feel like exercise to me.
Got a sweet tooth? Don’t let it get the best of you
Let’s face it – we all have it… that dreaded sweet tooth that makes us crave those favorite goodies that satisfy our souls. For me, it can be ice cream, gummy bears or the occasional chocolate. Thankfully – I am not the type of person that feels the “need” to have them, but I do have my moments. Instead of letting these things get the best of me, I just don’t keep them around me but I also don’t deprive myself if I have a craving. The key is moderation and control. Since I know I like ice cream – I will either replace my ice cream with a frozen smoothie with frozen fruit or make a sorbet and if that really doesn’t work, I will eat some ice cream, but make sure to choose the smallest bowl in the house to serve me in. Sometimes all we need is the taste on our tongue to satisfy that craving and a little of it will go a long way. Also – stock your house with fruits, when you want that snack – have a small bowl of fruit and you will be amazed at how fast it will curb that craving.
Stop drinking soda or try to eliminate it the best you can
I never drank soda growing up and once I was really introduced to the taste of it in my early 20s, it was hard to ignore. I’m a Pepsi girl and my husband and I both enjoy Pepsi soda as well (who do you think introduced it to me? haha). It was a hard one to battle and while we don’t stock soda in our house, we still treat ourselves from time to time. I NEED soda with Pizza. I know, I know – no one needs soda… but it’s something I look forward to when I have a piece of pie to eat. So if we really find the need, my husband and I will share a can of it together. That way – we get the flavor, the satisfaction and we are not stuck with a huge case of it in our house and feel the need to drink it all. We can go a whole year without it and then one day, we find the need to taste the yummy, sugary carbonated flavor we enjoy and we’ll treat ourselves. If you can quit cold turkey – do it… if not, just try eliminating it to the best of your ability until you don’t find the need for it any longer.
Get up – stand up, stand up for your life!
As someone who works from home, I can find myself on the computer for hours at a time trying to work on campaigns, type out posts, answering emails… etc. Like with any job, the time can get away with you when you have a deadline or are busy working. But, you should always remember that it’s important to get up once in a while, stand and stretch – walk away from your desk. This will not only allow you to take a breather, maybe have a second to gather your thoughts, but also stretch those muscles and move. Standing up is so important to help in the blood flow of your body and it also helps to give you a little boost of energy that you may be needing after sitting a while.
While this is just a starter list, there are so many more things you can do to make a healthy lifestyle change. Remember, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to do and it shouldn’t make you feel like you are dreading it each day. Living a healthy lifestyle could mean that you are getting an extra 10 minutes of walking in, each day or you cut out your favorite junk food. Rome wasn’t built in a day and things take time. These steps and tips are there to help you be more confident in your choices. If I can do them, well – you certainly can too. Remember, a little at a time and you’ll see a change. Also – if you are in the same boat as I am, know that no one can make you feel terrible – but yourself. Have faith, think positive and know that I’m cheering you on. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself… it’s about being healthy so you can live life. Good luck!
Like posts like these? It’s been a while since I have done these types but I promise there will be a lot more coming soon. 😉
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts and this post is not sponsored.
Running, walking or any form of working out is so much better with music and because of this, I’m always looking for a way to stash my phone that holds all my favorite workout tunes. I have done everything under the sun from sticking my phone in a pocket – which, let’s be honest, most of my exercise clothing doesn’t have. I have even held my phone in my hands (ear phones connected) in an attempt to still get a full workout in for the day. But recently I was introduced to the TKO Running Belt with reflective trim. I have used products from TKO before and it’s a brand that I enjoy so I was so eager to try this belt out. Today I share it with all of you.
The TKO Running Belt ($12.99) works perfectly for anyone that loves a good workout, biking, running, hiking or walking. It gives you the convenience of having all of the things you would need on a workout – for me that would be my phone and my asthma inhaler, while still allowing you to be hands-free. This running belt is predominantly black with colorful reflective trim (my belt has lime trim – but available in all black, wild berry, sapphire and lime). Water-resistant design with two expandable pockets allow you to carry your necessities with ease. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it fit my phone as well as my inhaler in the pocket for hands free use. The belt also comes with an adjustable waist band which is a plus so that my husband and I both get use out of it and I like that it fits my wide hips.
This very lightweight belt is a great workout buddy and companion. I tend to drive to forest locations for a good run which means I’ll have my keys on hand at any given time. This pouch holds not only my keys but the important things I need to get in a good workout. Not only is the belt adjustable, but it stretches so it makes it comfortable and I like the fact that the reflective trim helps when I’m on the side of the road. The reflective trim really is a great feature for anyone that takes part in their workout outside of the home.
There are two pockets on the TKO Running Belt. One is large enough to fit my pretty big phone and the other small enough to hold onto my asthma inhaler and some of my keys. The belt is well made and the zipper is sturdy and strong. I’m really impressed with how well this belt has held up with use over the last two months as well as how convenient it has been for me. It’s nice to know that I can listen to my favorite jams and not worry about having my hands hold everything. The pocket zips up nicely and I leave it slightly open so that my headphone cord can hang out while it’s plugged into my ears.
Do you hold your music device or other things in your hands while out for a walk? I did and now I’m glad I don’t have to any longer. Check out TKO’s Running Belt and get one for yourself via their Amazon Store.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
While Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite Holiday and it’s usually because I stuff my self like crazy. So when Black Friday comes around, instead of shopping those calories off, I choose to either go for a nice run or spend some time putting in a little cardio. One of my favorite things to do is pick up a jump rope and get some cardio in that way. With a little change up to your routine, it can easily make for a good experience and leave you feeling like you conquered the world. Between some hip hip dancing, the elliptical and a good old fashion walk or run, the Jump Rope offers me some fun and a bit of variety. I have a few Jump Ropes I enjoy using and this one from TKO is my current favorite.
TKO is a brand that my family and I are quite familiar with. Launced in 1996 by founder Garry Kurtz, TKO was the first boxing equipment company. I remember when I was in high school and in Weight Training class as the new TKO brand equipment was delivered. There were a lot of oohs and aahs. Eventually TKO evolved into a health and fitness equipment brand offering accessories and apparel as well as other lifestyle oriented products.
Their Jump Rope retails for $30, and comes in a selection of different colors (3 to be exact) for that fitness addict. I got my set in purple / pink and we all know how much I love purple so it has made working out and putting in some cardio easy for me. Honestly though, it doesn’t matter to me what color my rope is so long as it works well and helps to give me a great work out. The rope has a great rubber coated gripped handle which makes holding it while jumping secure in your hands. The vinyl rope is 9 feet in length which makes it perfect for most heights but also allows you the speed due to the weight of the rope itself, giving you the option to really burn some calories. The rope is lightweight, has metal ball-bearings and is a great option for the beginner or advanced workout person.
A good jump rope must be comfortable to hold and lightweight to allow for high intensity interval training – which this one does well with. The TKO jump rope provides fluidity of motion which means you get little strain on joints while offering a great workout. This is a great thing for me because the less strain on my knees and ankle after some bad injuries a few years back keep me able bodied to continue my work out.
Being a plus sized gal, many think I am not active enough and that’s why I look this way – but I keep a constant workout regimen and walk / run at least a mile at least 5 days of the week. Jump rope is one of those things that will offer me a great cardio workout and get my heart rate up and I use it to replace my daily walk if I’m unable to fit it into my schedule for the day. This particular one from TKO is sold at Macy’s and most major sports retailers nationwide so it’s easy to get your hands on one for yourself.
So what about you, do you use Jump rope as a part of your workout routine? If so – do you enjoy it and if not, what do you prefer?
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
If you have been here on my site before, you know that I’m on a “healthy journey” to not only lose weight, but just get at a comfortable size where I’m healthy and happy. With that in mind, I’m always looking at additional things that can assist with keeping up with not only weight loss but overall body tone, losing inches, etc. Recently I tried the AZSPORT Waist Trimmer and wanted to share my thoughts with my readers on this product.
The AZSPORT waist trimmer sauna belt retails for $43.00 but is currently on sale for $15.00. This waist trimmer is lightweight – which is great and comfortable, offering you an ajustable and stretchy fabric that allows you to wear it under any workout apparel. It is a “one size fits most” and has a high-quality waist trimmer belt that can fit up to 50 inches. I’m a plus sized gal and found that it fit both myself and my husband without any issues.
This product is said to promote weight loss by maximizing your burn to lose belly fat fast by preserving body heat and removing excess water weight especially in your abdominal area. This belt really does help you to sweat – so before using such, I definitely suggest you discuss this product with your physician prior to use and to assure you are using it properly.
The belt will help to strengthen, tighten and protect your core muscles by stabilizing your whole body – per claims of the product and company – however, if you are going to use the belt and simply sit around and do nothing – besides a little sweat under the belt, I don’t think you will notice any results. I like to use this while going on my daily walks or runs as it will increase the sweat I have and give me a little extra burn. After a work out I’m completely drenched in sweat and I need to wash this product immediately.
The material it is made of is very strong and the velcro that closes the belt tight is very strong. In fact, it is so strong that I cannot remove the belt myself, my husband has to help me because pulling the velcro off of me is very challenging and almost never happens because I struggle with it. With that said, I couldn’t put the belt on me to take a photo, so I asked my son to help me out.
It’s quite comfortable, even thought I have a little more meat on my body then the average person. While it does help me to sweat off inches (hahaha), I noticed that it is still quite breathable and not uncomfortable to use. I am able to use it under any of my workout pants without any issues and the material moves with me allowing it to be easy to use.
When using something like this you must ensure that you drink a lot of water. I consume about a gallon of water each day and I find if I drink less than I normally would, I feel dehydrated due to sweating using the belt. Please make sure if you are using something like this that you discuss with your physician and make sure you are using it correctly. Overall – at the discounted price, I think it is a great deal and even at full price, while a bit costly I think I would still spend the money on it because I have spent much more than the retail cost on similar in the past that did not hold up to use. I think this one is made well, with quality products and worth the cost.
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I’m not normally a late shopper when it comes to the Holiday months and try to get all my Christmas shopping done in a timely manner to beat the crowds and the mail man. But, I know that life happens sometimes and it can be a difficult thing to get your shopping done in time to make the Christmas rush. While we are less than a week away from Santa stopping by our houses, I wanted to share with you a few quick buys for those on your shopping list. While presents to open under the tree or gift cards and money are great, let’s not forget the people in our lives that love to read. What’s so awesome is that the Kindle books offers so many gift giving ideas… simply at the click of a button. The receiver can easily download their selection and enjoy their read on the go or at the comforts of their own homes. Here are a few books that I have added to my reading list for myself and my husband as well as my boys.
What better way to start the new year with some clean eating. This book includes 50+ natural recipes for healthy living. Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not turning Vegan on you… I love my animal friends but giving up my carnivore ways are just impossible, but at least I can incorporate some of these healthy recipes into my diet. The Clean Food Diet by Jonathan Vine offers a variety of recipes for your heart’s desire.
Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is the perfect adventure and educational book for your child(ren) between the ages of 2 and 6. This book is about a little boy with red hair and freckles who loves to climb trees. He goes on a little adventure and takes your children along with him. Filled with photos and stories, this is the perfect book for your preschooler and includes rhyming text as well.
Have you heard of Ally Nathaniel? Ally is a children’s author who has published 10 books via Amazon (ebooks). Her books include a wide range of subjects for Toddlers and Preschoolers as well as elementary school children. Some of her books talk about Self-esteem and self empowerment as well which makes it great reading for your littles. The selection she has is great and I highly recommend checking out what she has available.
If you have been a reader of my blog for a while now, you know that my husband experiences severe back pain after an injury. To try to help with the pain so that he doesn’t have to have surgery on his spine, we are always looking for alternative solutions and the Low Back Pain Program by Sherwin Nicholson offers some techniques that can be used to help relieve pain. In this book you can learn how to self treat chronic lower back pain easily and safely. This guide is designed to carefully teach you the correct methods to move, train and strengthen your body to properly relieve your back pain. While I suggest that you first discuss with your physician before any treatment, I definitely think giving this a look see will be beneficial – especially at its price point.
The Paleo Kid is one of my absolute favorite ebooks, offering 26 easy recipes that I can incorporate into my families diet and making the transition easy peezy for the children. This book includes Gluten Free recipes which make it great for those that are on a Gluten Free diet and the recipes are easy to make. Kid Tested Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack meals that are not only great for your kids but the entire family.
The list on my kindle is ever growing but I wanted to share a few books that I have recently added to my reading list and a few that I have loved this past year. While this list is small, I wanted to offer ebooks that I know would be great for families alike. I will be sure to share more of these in the coming months but for now, if you are looking for some ideas for last minute Christmas / Holiday gifts, give these a try and see if they are something you’ll enjoy. Happy Holidays!
Some of the books discussed in this review were provided to me for free download for review and consideration via Tomoson. While some of them may be free, my opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I’m all about exercise and staying active, cardio and weight resistance, but I also love using resistance bands to help strengthen my ankles. About 6 years ago I sustained a bad injury to my left ankle, resulting in a class 3 sprain. Now, I would have rather my ankle break completely so that it would heal properly, but due to the fact that it did not, my injury is a burden constantly. Having had several physical therapy appointments over the years, resistance bands has become a part of my lifestyle. I have tried several different types and brands and found that the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands have become a favorite of mine to use.
The PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands ($12.99) is an affordable way to get in your exercises without all the strain of weights. The sets include a total of four bands and one nylon carrying bag. The bands included are:
1 Blue “Light” Band
1 Red “Medium” Band
1 Green “Heavy” Band
1 Black “X-Heavy” Band
After injuring my ankle, I have been using resistance bands to strengthen my ankle. While most bands do work well, I like the fact that the PhantomFit bands come in four different strengths, allowing me to start my exercises with a light band and when I’m comfortable, work my way up to the X-Heavy band (black). I also like that my husband and sons can use the bands as well. My husband, who can easily use the Black band, enjoys using the bands to strengthen his shoulder (which he had surgery on about 6 years ago). As a family, we also love using the bands as a form of exercise in place of our weights. Using the bands work well form arm, leg and ankle work outs and I love that they are durable, light weight and portable. If we are traveling, this can easily be tucked into our luggage or overnight bag without taking up any room.
PhantomFit also offers a 100% lifetime no-hassle free replacement guarantee. If it breaks, they will replace it. Overall, I am impressed with these bands and my family and I have enjoyed them over the last month. We incorporate them in our daily work out routines as well as use them to strengthen the parts of our body that need Physical Therapy. This will definitely become a brand we will use moving forward in the future.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I was super duper excited to find out I qualified for another Voxbox from Influenster. This is my third box that I have received over the last 3 years or so – because up until recently, they didn’t ship to Hawaii. I always look forward to testing out new products and this is a fun way to try new things out, share with the brands your thoughts on the items and take part in future VoxBox campaigns.
The GoVoxBox is a box that is geared towards those who enjoy the outdoors, exercise and staying active. Being a busy mom who is consistently running around after my littles and one who is consistently on a path and journey to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss – this box includes some fun goodies that I am putting some good use to. Check out my open box reveal embedded in the video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
I apologize that the order I list and talk about each product is different from that in the video :/
PROFOOT Triad Orthotic: $10.49
“This original, three zone everyday orthotic is clinically proven to relieve knee, leg and back pain when worn in your favorite shoes.”
I go walking with my sons daily, if not running… and I have been enjoying these orthotics in my shoes. Having worked for a Podiatrist before, I know that the proper cushioning of your feet helps to align your feet, knees and back for good back posture and better walking. I am loving these and they do really nicely considering they are a small percentage of the cost of my custom fit Orthotics I got from the doctor.
PROFOOT Pedi-Rock: $8.99
“The PROFOOT Pedi-Rock is the first soft foot file ergonomically designed delivering the ultimate foot file experience. The silicon carbide crystals gently remove even the toughest calluses in the shortest amount of time. Can be used wet or dry.”
I don’t think I will ever use anything else after using this product. I will have a complete review posted on my blog here later, but if you have the chance to get your hands on this product – get it, because it definitely “rocks”. I love that even if my feet are super sensitive, it leaves them smooth and feeling and looking great. I use a lot of flip flops – daily basically, and these are just awesome to help with my feet when they are dry and need a little TLC. I have been using it daily since getting it in my box.
Playtex Sport Fresh Balance – $3.99-$4.99
“Introducing NEW Playtex Sport Fresh Balance with Odor Shield technology. Designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field. Combined with a 360 degree design for Sport Level Protection you can go the distance and play on.”
Now – honestly, it is not that time of the month for me so I haven’t had the chance to try these out yet… but I have used the brand before and it definitely is comfortable. I think finding the right feminine products to use while staying active, whether it be to work out or other, is definitely important to be comfortable and to avoid accidents.
Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds: $3.19 for a 4oz bag
“Loaded with antioxidant Vitamin E, our Fruit-Flavored Almonds combine the delicious crunch of almonds with the subtly sweet flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.”
I am a huge fan of Blue Diamond Almonds… but never tried the fruit flavored ones until now. I’m completely hooked and can’t wait to try the other flavors. If you are one that likes to stay healthy and is looking for a great snack for on the go – these would be a great choice. If you want a little sweet with your plain almonds, simply take a packet of these and mix them in with your plain ones to help keep your plain almonds from being boring.
“Muller Yogurt is known for its delicious, silky smooth texture and playful mix-ins, and it comes in three unique varieties. Muller Greek Corner is a thick and creamy Greek-style lowfat yogurt that comes with fruit or crunchy mix-ins.”
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make use of my coupon for this goodie yet because I haven’t been able to find them in my local stores, but I’m surely excited to try it.
The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Shaker Cup: $7.99
“Unique Jaxx mixer thoroughly blends smooth shakes. Patented mixing technology completely mixes all types of powders. BPA Free”
Yay – I was sold at purple, seriously, lol. I have quite a few shaker bottles at home because I do drink protein shakes or mix them in with my green juice. I love them a lot but love that this one is perfect because it is the right serving for my needs. Did I mention it had purple on it – hello, love it.
The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit and Full Shakes – Swiss Chocolate, French Vanilla, Fresh Berries: $24.99 for a box of 14 packs (I received a sample of each flavor)
“A quick healthy meal that supports reduction of body fat, reduces hunger and cravings (as a part of a healthy diet and exercise program), clinically studied ingredient. Use as a meal replacement, add a packet to a 8fl oz of cold water and mix well. Does not contain: Yeast, Citrus, Fish, Animal Derivatives, Artificial colors.”
I tried the French Vanilla and Fresh Berries packets out and I did enjoy them. I am very picky about my shake mixes, so what I did is add it with my Silk Coconut Milk (French Vanilla) because mixing it with water is never something I enjoy. It tasted great and definitely curbed my appetite. I then took the Fresh Berries and added it to my Green Juice – which was delicious as well.
Aqua Spa Relax Collection – Lavender+Chamomile Bath Soak: $9.99
“Aqua Spa Relax Collection gives you a hydrating beauty boost when you need it most so you can skip the spa and bliss out at home, leaving your skin and mood all a-glow. “
I have used this in my bath once and I enjoyed it. I’m not huge on Lavender scents that are over powering or too strong – but this was not as strong as I had thought it would be. The chamomile helped to calm me after a long day and I felt rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to hit the hay for a busy day the next morning.
Overall this box averaged about $50 worth of products and I’m enjoying all of them. I’ll be having a full review on some of the products listed on my blog here so you can see what the hype is all about. If you are someone like me that stays active with your children or just loves the outdoors, many of these products will be an awesome fit into your busy lifestyle.
Thank you Influenster for considering me again for another VoxBox – I’m surely enjoying it.
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Since I was a little girl, water was a huge part of my life – as it should be for anyone. It quite honestly is my favorite drink and let me tell you – the ways of drinking it has surely evolved since I was younger. As a kid I would drink my water directly from the water pipe or hose outside our house to keep hydrated in the Hawaii heat and as I got older, it became more evident that it was not the best way to drink water so filtered or water bottles became a part of our daily lives. Since the gold ol’ H2O is essential in keeping our bottles cool, healthy and hydrated, it is important that we are constantly drinking for the well being of our body and lives. With new scientific research we have learned so many ways to drink our water to help us consume it more – like infused waters, water with essential oils and more but we also need to look at issues like BPA, recycling and other environmental and health risks when it comes to consuming water from plastic bottles.
Now if you have been following me on Instagram – you will see that I am huge on fruit infused waters and green juice as well as just every day delicious plain old water and recently I have been doing everything I can to switch our household from the plastic that we are used to and got us drinking from glass. There are so many benefits to drinking out of glass versus plastic or metal and here are a few of them:
Glass is 100% recyclable. You never have to worry about toxins like BPA or harmful chemicals that can leak into liquids from plastic bottles or heavy metals like aluminum, chromium and nickel which can come from metal bottles. Glass gives you a better tasting liquid or water that will not leave your drink tasting or smelling like plastic or metal. And, since Hawaii is slowly converting to a “no plastic bag” state, it is nice to know that glass bottles will also benefit the environment, eliminating a huge amount of waste. You save money and our planet’s resources since the bottle is reusable.
Shatterproof? What makes GLASStic bottles better than regular glass water bottles with protective silicone rubber sleeves? Silicon does not contain the shattering glass if the bottle breaks. The GLASStic bottle is not only “very” break resistant, but it is very shatterproof. If you drop it and the glass breaks on the inside, the glass will be contained in its shell which keeps you from getting cut or having to pick up glass around you. The outer shell is made from a highly durable BPA free plastic which helps with the longevity of the bottle. What’s also awesome is the cap and base are BPA free as well and fully recyclable.
The GLASStic bottles come in 6 cool colors ($19.99 each). Each bottle holds 16oz of fluid and what I love about it so much is that it seals with a great lid and you can lock the lid in place. Turning the bottle upside down and to its side freaked me out a bit, but it never leaked or spilled and made it perfect for travel, going to the park or storing in a cooler on its side. What is awesome is that if your bottle does break – you can contact the company directly and pay a small fee (about $8.00) to replace the glass insert on the inside. The outside layer and top/bottom should survive through most of the damage should your glass on the inside shatter.
While this bottle is super cool, it was not tested to see if it can handle high temperatures like those for tea or coffee, so please be sure to use cold or cool drinks in your bottle only. And, most importantly – do not freeze the bottle. Many don’t realize that when water freezes, it expands and because of this, it can cause the glass in the bottle to shatter. Besides these little notations, this bottle provides a great item for those who love to drink water, or any cold drink for that matter. I especially love the colors and the fact that I can see through the bottle itself. I think infused water is not only about the healthy parts of it all – but also the fact that it’s super pretty to look at. The bottle is dishwasher safe, however it is suggested you wash it by hand to preserve the bottle itself for longevity.
I have had this bottle now for a month and considering we are pretty active and my sons drop everything at this age, I am very amazed at how well it has held up to numerous washing (by hand) and some dropping as well. The company states that the bottle can take up to about 6 heavy duty drops before the inside cracks and of course, it depends on what it is dropped on and how high. If you are someone who enjoys water infused with essential oils, this would be an awesome bottle for you.
Check out the video demo below that shows how the GLASStic bottles are different from Glass bottles covered by silicone.
Overall I’m pretty impressed with the product. It is a little costly, but at the end of the day you are saving quite a bit of money since the bottle can be reused. If you are interested in the Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle – you can check out their site and see the colors and designs available for purchase: https://www.glassticwaterbottle.com/water-bottle/
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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In May of this year – I decided it was time that I really kick it into high gear and work at being healthier. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been the easiest decision but it always makes it so much more of an accomplishment when you can see how far you have come. Let’s be honest, I’m not going on a crash diet… my goals include really just trying to eat more (since I often times do not eat during the day) and incorporate exercise or at least walking into my routine. I have been a bit behind on my walking over the last couple of weeks, but while I do enjoy my naughty foods, everything is in moderation. I do not eat bad actually – don’t get me wrong, I’m not vegan… I love my meat and fish, but I consume in moderation.
I went through some old photos on Facebook that I had from before I was pregnant with the twins and came across these (below). They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and while this is only photos of my face, that is the place I slim down first. The photos to the left were taken in 2008 (before I had the twins). While I had been fairly slim most of my life, after the birth of my eldest child (he’ll be 10 in January), I put on most of my weight after giving birth. So I look at the photos and compare to those I took the other day (right) and you can certainly see a difference in my face. My cheeks and hollows of my cheeks have definition and you can see my chin and neck separately.
In 2008 when I was working in Corporate America, I was approximately 268 lbs – 270lbs. I was not happy though I tried to be positive but working 12-16 hour days didn’t allow me to really pay attention to what I looked like let alone how I felt about myself. The photo taken just 2 days ago in 2013 – I weighed in at 245.5 lbs.
Hmmm… so some will argue that everyone loses weight in their face first so I decided I would try and find a photo of me full body taken previously in the last couple of years. The photo above on the left was taken in 2011 when we went to Washington, DC. I weighed about 258 – 260 lbs. I wasn’t very happy with myself, but after giving birth to my twins, I really didn’t have much time to give it a second thought. From postpartum depression to just being super busy – I never really took into consideration that I wasn’t really taking care of myself. The photo on the right was taken last week, I weighed in at 245.5 lbs and you can significantly tell the difference. While the scarf is covering up my belly and I do still have a belly – it is not hanging over my pants as bad as it was in 2011. In general – I am feeling much more confident in myself.
Now – it’s always a work in progress. I’m a busy mom, run my blog and YouTube channel and the house. Like I mention in my weight loss journey updates on YouTube, my biggest challenge is finding time to eat. This morning I had cereal and coconut milk, which is great – because I don’t normally find the time to eat anything but dinner. Exercise is definitely something I need to add to my list of things to do consistently. I enjoy walking with my boys and need to keep up with that as well. But, I’m still proud of myself and the accomplishments I have made thus far. My ideal is to get below 200 lbs. It’s been years in the making but it’s my goal and I can do it. It’s a journey – not a diet. Stay tuned because I’ll continue to update my progress as much as I can. Thanks for reading. 😉