Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Its almost 2015...

Did you make changes in 2014? 

We all have those crazy friends, even crazier family members, and hellish days. You know those days you want to crawl into a hole and forget about the world? Unfortunately unless your a snake or something, crawling into a hole is not an option. A year ago I found myself feeling run down and miserable, I was 25lbs overweight, with no excuses . So I made a decision this summer that changed my life. No excuses became my motto, and of course I started saying/typing the word #BAMMMMM a lot! Lol! In 6 months time I was 25 lbs lighter and a crap load stronger. I'm not saying that all of my troubles and frustrations are gone and life is 100% rosey, what I am saying is I'm more confident and ready to face lifes challenges head on. Making the choice to become a healthier me was key to my success. So with all that said, are you ready to make the change? 2015 needs to stand back and take names...#BAMMMMM

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Time, Dasani Drops Holiday Craft, and My Daughters Busy Week...


The holidays are finally here you guys! My kids have been driving me nuts about getting the Christmas decorations up, so last night I finally got the lights outside up and my new mantle decorated...
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I haven't painted my mantle yet because I am not sure what color. Any ideas?

This weeks training has been kind of slow. I have kept up my running streak and have done 1 mile a day but that's it. So my training this week has been a total of 4 miles. LOL! After finally ending football this past weekend, I went straight into stage mom mode. My daughter is in the play Babes in Toyland, here at the Saenger Theater this week. We have had dress rehearsals every night plus she has had swim practice. AHHHHHHH! Her show only runs for 2 days, so after Friday we are done. I am super excited about seeing her perform...
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She is in blue and red polka dot top and red skirt. This is her first play. I think I am more nervous than she is. Go figure! LOL! Then on Saturday we head to Biloxi MS for a big swim meet. I AM SOOOOO TIRED! However I LOVE my kids and that they love sports.

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I wanted to show you guys an awesome DIY teacher gift we are doing this year. I have been reviewing the  new Dasani drops for a Fitfluential campaign and they are great. I have been putting them in EVERYTHING from water to greek yogurt to the new Dasani Sparkling water. So I thought why not make Dasani Drops lip gloss...
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All you need is Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline), a cute container, edible glitter, and your favorite Dasani Drops flavor. I chose Pineapple Coconut. Also if you are wanting the same bottles I used, I got them at Hobby Lobby in the craft section. They have a lot of mini glass containers to choose from.

In a glass container melt enough Petroleum Jelly in the microwave to fill your container. I melted it at 1 minute increments and stirred until it was completely melted. Then add Dasani Drops. I added 2 full squeezes. Its completely up to you. Stirred until it was completely dissolved. It will take a little while stirring because of it being hot. After it is fully mixed, add edible glitter, stir, and than pour into your containers. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until it is back in "jelly" form.

I bought initial stickers and cute ribbon and made them look super cute. I hope they like them.
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The flavors you can make are endless. you can use drops or powdered koolaids. Here are some of the flavors we made...
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I bought empty kids paint containers and jewelry holders to make Cadences friends their own mini lip glosses...
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If you decide to make these, I would love to see pictures of the flavors you chose.

After this week, life will slow down and I can get back to my training. YAYYYY! Until then I am going to enjoy my kids, my husband, and my new flavored EXTRA gum...
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ALL PUMPKIN ALL DAY!

Whats your favorite DIY craft for teachers?
Favorite EXTRA flavor?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Atkins 40 Week 3 Update and Preparing for Vacation Travel with Atkins Meal Replacement Bars...

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.
Hey guys I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We were in the gorgeous Panama City Beach for a huge football tournament with my baby boy.


Anyways I wanted to give you guys an update on my 3rd week on Atkins 40.


For week 3 I lost 3 more lbs. YAY! That makes 10lbs in 3 weeks. I like how slow but steady this weightloss is going. I feel I could keep this way of eating up and not gain any of it back. And most of all I feel great... (sorry its blurry)


I did have one day on vacation that I didn't track carbs, but it didn't hurt me any. Also I knew that I wouldn't be able to stick to the menu plan given to me because of not being able to cook at home. So I used the My Fitness Pal app and the Atkins carb counter and stuck to the plan as much as I could. Like I said I only went over on one day and it was totally worth it. :)
One of the great things about the Atkins program is that they make on the go meals, bars, and shakes for those times when you don't want to think about what you want to eat. I knew that being on the road for 3 hours with 3 kids we would be making a couple stops at gas stations, so I didn't want to be tempted with gas station snacks. So I brought along a couple Atkins meal replacement bars.


These bars are delicious and they are the perfect meal replacement bar for when 'you are on the go. They have a ton of delicious flavors...


One of my favorite bars is the new Atkins Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bar. I have mentioned before that one of my favorite breakfast/snacks is greek yogurt with granola and fruit, so now I can have it in an on the go bar form...


Atkins also has smaller bars for snack time called Atkins Daybreak bars which also comes in some yummy flavors...


Look how good the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars looks...


I am super excited about this week heading into week 4 and closing out a whole month following the Atkins 40 plan. My goal was to lose 10lbs the first month and knowing that I have done that with a week left makes me so excited for week 4.
Now that football is over for us and the holidays are here, I will be sitting down soon and get my training calendar and race calendar for 2015 wrote out. I will be racing a lot this coming up year. Until then I will be enjoying the holidays with my family and tracking my meals as I indulge in lots of healthy holiday Atkins 40 approved treats. Stay tuned....
You can connect with Atkins at www.atkins.com and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

What is your favorite on the go snack?

How do you prepare for being on vacation and staying healthy?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Be back in a week Happy Thanksgiving...

Ill be in Panama City Beach for the rest of the week. I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Atkins Frozen Meals, Delicious and Balanced...

I finished week 2 of the Atkins 40 Challenge and I am happy to say I am down another 3lbs. That is 7lbs down in the 2 full weeks I have been following the Atkins 40 diet. I have changed a couple of the meals on the diet plan to include my protein shakes but I made sure they still fit into my diet 40 plan using the carb counter. It makes it so easy to plan out the week of meals. Including adding in one of my favorite breakfast meals of nonfat greek yogurt fruit, granola, and almonds.

Another fantastic things about the Atkins programs is that they offer some amazing frozen meals. I am not big on frozen dinners mainly because they usually contain so many calories, are high in sodium, and lets not even talk about the carbs and sugars. however Atkins has found a way to balance all this in their meals and make them balanced for any meal plan.

Atkins Frozen Meals includes delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options:

High quality proteins without fillers
Premium cuts of vegetables
Gravies and sauces made with real natural creams and butter
No added sugars or preservatives
4-7g Net Carbs per meal
Fits all 4 phases of Atkins

I was sent a couple of frozen meals to test out this past week...

I am very busy between football practice, basketball practice, and swim team, I don't always have time to make a healthy meal for lunch or dinner. So being able to run home and pop something in the microwave that I know is going to taste good and fill me up was super convenient and took the guess work out of what I would eat.

Looks delicious! I teamed it up with a couple carb smart tortillas strips. I also was able to indulge in PIZZA! Yep pizza!

Atkins has just introduced their new frozen pizza line and let me tell you they are DELICIOUS!

This was the cheese pizza, now I know it doesn't look the greatest, but let me tell you it was delicious. The crust stayed soft but crispy on the edges. It was super filling and ready in 3 minutes.

I am starting my 3rd week, so I am excited to let you guys all in on how week 3 goes. The Atkins 40 has been super easy to adjust to. I am not feeling like I am ever hungry or not eating the foods I would normally eat. You guys should def check it out.

You can get more information at http://atkins.com.

Also, you can connect with Atkins on social media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AtkinsDiet

Twitter: https://twitter.com/atkinsinsider

Do you like frozen meals/pizza?

If so, whats you favorite?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Puritan's Pride November Seasonal Smoothie Challenge and Giveaway...

The following post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride, but like always, all opinions are my own.

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Last month I told you guys about joining in on the SweatPink and Puritan's Pride Seasonal Smoothie Challenge. In October I made a Green Pumpkin Power Smoothie and a Chocolate Coconut Pumpkin Surprise Smoothie using the Puritan's Pride Vegan Protein Powder.

For November, I am making 2 new fall smoothies using the Puritan's Pride Whey Protein for Her...

100 Calories Per Serving to Help Satisfy Appetite
Delicious and Easy to Mix
Low Fat
94% Lactose Free
Aspartame-Free
Whey Protein for Her is specifically designed for women’s needs. Our product provides superior whey proteins in a low fat, great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle while helping you achieve your dieting goals and obtain the toned physique you desire.** In addition, Whey Protein for Her naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy you need for your workouts.** Whey Protein for Her is high-quality nourishment designed for women who want the best of both worlds: a delicious supplement that helps support their fitness goals.**
No Artificial Color, No Preservatives, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast, No Fish. .



In all honesty I am not sure why men wouldn't use it too! But hey whatever. LOL! I gave it to my husband and son, SHHHHHH! Don't tell them :)

The challenge this month was to make 2 Cleansing/Belly Soother Smoothies using the Kale Powder, Psyllium Husk Seed, and Emergen-C Blueberry...

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Here is the info on the add ins...

Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836): Kale is one of the most nutritious of all vegetables. This powder is made from fresh, whole, raw Kale and custom freeze-dried. Freeze-drying is the best method for preserving the complex chemistry, active enzymes and entire matrix of a plant in its fresh form.
 
Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348): Supplement provides key nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a proprietary immune complex with beta glucans.*
 
Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992): is rich in soluble fiber, to keep your digestive tract moving smoothly.* Fiber naturally slows down digestion, making it possible for your body to absorb more nutrients. Plus, the fiber in Psyllium Husk Seed Powder helps your body eliminate what it doesn’t use, making for a cleaner colon.*

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Smoothie #1 Blueberry Cinnamon Soother
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1 scoop of Puritan's Pride Whey Protein for Her
1 package of Blueberry Emergen-C
1 tbsp Kale Powder
1 tbsp Psyllium Husk Seed
ice
water

Mix all ingredients in blender. Top with cinnamon. ENJOY!

Smoothie #2
Spicy Green Lemon Vanilla Cleanser
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1 scoop of Vanilla Bean Puritan's Pride Whey Protein for Her
1 tbsp Kale Powder
1 lemon squeezed (or 2 tbsp lemon juice)
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (or a sprinkle to taste)
water
ice

Mix all ingredients in blender. (Optional: Top with Lemon Zest) ENJOY!
(Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is an herb that contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, B6 and K, making it a very healthful spice. Cayenne pepper my help to aid in digestion, which many people may need after that big holiday meal.)

I have been having the spicy smoothie pretty much every morning for the past week it is DELICIOUS!
Here are a couple more recipes for you developed by Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox, who works as a spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride.


Cleanse Smoothie
Focus ingredient:
Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is an herb that contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, B6 and K, making it a very healthful spice. Cayenne pepper my help to aid in digestion, which many people may need after that big holiday meal.
Recipe:
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Clementines
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ lemon, juiced
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.
Belly Soother
Focus ingredient:
Mint is an herb that needs more credit. It may help to soothe your digestive system after a few too many bites or sips. Mint also has antioxidants and key nutrients like trace amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. All the more reason to love this refreshing herb.
Recipe:
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

If you are interested in ordering any of the products seen in this post or an product Puritans Pride product. CLICK HERE for $5 off $25 and free shipping.

Now for the fun part...

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One of you guys is winning the products I used to make these smoothies.
Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein for Her (Vanilla Bean), Puritan’s Pride 100% Natural Psyllium Husk, Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder and Alacer Emergen C Immune + w/Vit D. Blueberry-Acai

Just Enter below. Giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, November 24th, 2014! 
Good luck!

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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to Residents of the CONTINENTAL US 18 years of age or older.  Must have a non P.O. Box mailing address. Winner must have a valid email address.
Winner will notified via email and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen.
Winner will be provided the prize directly from Puritan's Pride. Substitutions unlikely but may apply.  0to26point2 is not responsible for failure of sponsor to deliver product.


You can connect with Puritan's Pride:

BLOG: http://blog.puritan.com/
TWITTER: @puritanspride


(Puritan’s Pride® (http:/www.puritan.com) began over 40 years ago, with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value to their customers. Today, the company remains true to its original commitment and serves millions of loyal customers. Puritan’s Pride manufactures thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements in their state-of-the art facilities located throughout the U.S. As part of the company’s commitment to quality, Puritan’s Pride only uses ingredients from suppliers worldwide that meet their Quality Assurance Standards, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards.)

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride on behalf of SweatPink; opinions expressed are my own.

Whats your favorite fall smoothie/drink?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Five: 5 Budget Friendly Cold Holiday Fitness Gifts

One of my "blends" Cynthia from You Signed Up For What host a Friday Five Link up every week with Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run so I thought I would join in this week with five of my favorite budget friendly fitness gifts for the cold holidays.
And YES, if your wondering that is me and my girls at the Santa Run in Baton Rouge 2 years ago. Couldn't resist not using it. If your ever in Baton Rouge on the weekend of the Santa parade, you should def join in on the pre parade race fun. You head the parade with a 2 mile run down the parade route lined with tons of people. It was so much fun and the best part is the Santa Suit is included AND they have hot chocolate at the finish, SCORE!

Anyways back to my Friday Fives...

1. Swiftwick Socks (www.swiftwick.com) $12.99-$24.99
  
These are hands down my favorite socks in the world. If there is one thing that every active person needs is a good pair of socks. The wicking and compression of Swiftwick socks is hands down the best on the market. Since starting to wear Swiftwick in 2012,  I have not had a single blister on my feet. The sock we are wearing in the above picture at the Color Run in New Orleans are the white Aspire 12. Full compression from the toe to the knee and super comfortable. You can check out all the different socks Swiftwick offers at www.swiftwick.com.

 2. Koss headphones (www.koss.com) $9.99-$29.99
I have been using the Koss FlexFit Fit Clips for the past year, and they are amazing. I have not had to adjust them on my runs or rides at all. They also have yet to fall off while I attempt to do yoga. I will say they are not as loud as the previous headphones I have used, but are definitely more comfortable and fit better. For safety reasons you don't need them to be very loud anyways, so that part doesn't bother me. Even though they say For Woman, my husband loves them. He has smaller ears and he keeps trying to steal mine.

3. Headsweats visors (www.headsweats.com) $5-$20
Right now at www.Headsweats.com they are offering $5 grab bag visors. These are the best visors for catching sweat and they are not heavy on your head. Here are the details...

"Having a hard time making a decision? Let us at Headsweats make it for you. Roll the dice and get a random visor from our collection. The visor you receive will have a logo on it, either from a racing event, team, or brand. 
*If you're looking for a particular color or hat style, you can make a request in the customer notes when checking out and we'll do our best to fulfill it. Grab bag items are not part of our current inventory and does not include any new arrivals. Grab bag pricing can not be combined with discount codes - ALL SALES FINAL!"

This is a great way to check out an amazing visor for running and have a little fun guessing what they might send you all for $5.

4. Powder Kegs (www.powderkegsusa.com) $12.99
I absolutely love this thing. Its a stackable cup system that will hold anything from protein powder to on the go snacks. You can take 1 cup or keep stacking them for the day. I have used this thing all over the country when I have traveled. Its perfect for the gym, work, or travel. It is available in red or pink.

5. Fat to Fit Cookbook by Cindy Lane Ross (www.amazon.com) $31.46
My Fat to Fit radio cohost Cindy Lane Ross wrote this AMAZING cookbook. Its full of healthy, easy to cook recipes that are delicious. What I like most is that there is a picture for every recipe and nutrition facts. Its a must have for all the chefs in your household.

From Cindy herself...
"Nutrition and healthy eating can be intimidating and overwhelming. When writing this book, I wanted to help people make an easy transition for a healthier lifestyle change. Lots of healthy recipes and nutrition tips for the whole family! This book is volume one of the series Fat to Fit. I break it down very simple with easy to follow recipes. This book is about the battle of the bulge, after fighting my own weight issues and dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I feel it's necessary to eat the right foods for a good quality of life!"

You can order it on Amazon HERE!

These are just 5 examples of some of my favorite fitness items that don't break the bank. There are always plenty of things you can buy for all the healthy people in your life. Remember its the thought of the gift not the amount of money you spend. If your an a super tight budget you can always make a healthy treat like my chocodate brownies and wrap them for a sweet treat for coworkers, teachers, and friends.

So I am linking this up on the ladies blogs mentioned above and I hope you will go check them out. One last thing to announce that the DC Trifecta of Mar @ Mar on the Run, Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC and me, You Signed Up for WHAT?! are hosting an Instagram “Gratitude” Challenge. To join them here’s how it works:

  • Beginning this Monday, November 17 through Wednesday, November 26 post a photo daily of what you’re thankful for.
  • Be sure to tag each of us on Instagram (@eatprayrundc @yousignedupforwhat @marmaone1) with the hashtag #DCTrifecta and #Gratitude so we can show you some social media love.
  • Each tagged photo qualifies as an entry for a giveaway prize at the conclusion of the 10 day challenge.


I cant wait to participate and follow along to see all of the pictures posted.

Have a great weekend! I will be at a football tournament in Mississippi this weekend. Luckily it will be 70 degrees and sunny. YAYYYYY!

What are some ideas you have for healthy Christmas presents?

Linked to my Amanda (www.runtothefinish.com) Stocking stuffer linkup HERE!