Energize!

HOL-Y COW! I ordered Beachbody’s “Energize” supplement and it came in the mail last week. I decided to finally give it a try before my workout and everything it says it’s going to do, it does! It helps with focus, it helps you push harder, and it makes you last longer.

1 scoop + water (2 scoops over 160lbs)


My goal today was to get back into the 21 Day Fix workouts, because I hadn’t been lifting weights since I was doing the Country Heat program. I thought I was going to have to go back to my lightest weights, and I feel like I probably would have if it wasn’t for this supplement. After an upper body workout my body was a little tired, but I still had energy and didn’t want to waste it so I decided to hit play on “country swing.”  I have to say, I wasn’t uncoordinated at all! I danced all those moves like a pro. Granted I’ve been practicing for a while now, but I usually falter on some steps. This time, I got them all down and I even added my own swagger to the moves. I didn’t even know I had swagger! If I was dancing on the street some dude would be like, “that girls got swag,” and he would be talking about me!

The only thing that bothered me at first was the tingling sensation in my arms after I first took it. I’m a worry wart so I looked it up and this is completely normal. After I got over that and decided to trust the product, all of my worries went to the wayside when the product did what it said it was going to do. I give a 5 star rating plus a two thumbs up to this product. If you want to increase your focus and energy in your workouts, I suggest you give it a try. Just click HERE.

Body Shaming on Buses

Recently the mayor of London banned ads  that he believes leads to body shaming of women and I want to know your thoughts!

Adverts which put Londoners under pressure over body image are to be banned from the Tube and bus network.

Sadiq Khan announced that Transport for London would no longer run ads which could cause body confidence issues, particularly among young people…”

Click HERE for full article.
What do you think? Should ads like this be banned? Is it unrealistic? 
Most of my friends growing up could eat anything they wanted and stay this thin. I never could and have always had body image issues, mostly because I always wanted to be a leading lady on screen and every actress I looked up to had an amazing physique. Now we see more and more leading ladies in all shapes and sizes.

I wasn’t as active as my friends either. I quit all sports, besides tennis, by my senior year in high school. That’s where I went wrong…unhealthy eating habits and inactivity. When I went to college it became even worse, with the introduction of alcohol and a fast food and cafeteria diet. My first job was at a gym and that’s when fitness came into my life. However, not much changed because I still wasn’t putting the right foods into my body. I also had deeper seated issues that I wasn’t addressing. In my opinion, anyone who has a problem with someone else usually has a problem within themselves that they aren’t considering. I always made a subliminal choice to struggle with my body because I was struggling with so much else emotionally.

Anyway, enough about me. Let’s get to the meat of the topic.

I honestly don’t care what the ad looks like and who is on it. This girl looks young and healthy in my opinion and it doesn’t look like she’s had any weight issues she has had to struggle with at all. She doesn’t have muscle tone either. I could be wrong, but she probably won’t have any issues until she’s in her 30’s or 40’s when her metabolism slows and her hormones change. I don’t think it was the best casting for the brand, but that was their decision. 

I think this ad is unrealistic because anyone that needs to lose weight must have a healthy lifestyle, that includes being active and eating healthy. A pill/protein advertisement for weight loss is unrealistic. In my opinion, that is where the issue is. There is no magic pill and no magic protein shake. Of course you can use supplements if you aren’t getting all the nutrients you need in your diet, but people need to be educated about that. I think if the marketing team showed care in that respect, that their dollars would make a much larger impact. Even in the video on their website, the girls are talking about losing weight due to the products. No where is there a mention of exercise or eating healthy. What’s funny is these girls have more realistic body types then the girl they chose for the ad. 

I think the mayor is making a big stance in getting rid of these advertisements, but I think there is more to it than the model that was chosen.

If he seriously is concerned that women will have body image issues because of this, then he needs to address the bigger picture. This company is still going to advertise their products as the magic key to weight loss with or without a model like this. 

It also leads to the overall plague that’s taking over our world. The hypersensitivity that people have towards this kind of thing is outrageous. Maybe you think I’m out of line. If you have such a huge issue with a silly advertisement, you probably have deeper issues within yourself that you need to work on. That’s just me being brutally honest. If you see something that bothers you, walk away from it and toward something that will make you happy! 

[Just as a side note, I do the Beachbody programs and yes, I drink a protein shake packed with nutrients as a supplement. Their programs are based on healthy lifestyles. They teach portion control and have tons of exercise programs. I do not condone just using a supplement to lose weight if you aren’t going to put in the work. Eat healthy and exercise and you will see a difference with or without these supplements.]

3 Day Refresh – Day 3 + Results!


I know I know, you’ve been waiting to see how Day 3 went and I haven’t posted!! I just wanted to keep you on the edge of your seats, that’s all.

Or…maybe I’m just hoping that you’ve been waiting anxiously…Either way here goes!

First of all I have to say that this cleanse has been fantastic. On Day 3 I was starting to crave foods that weren’t allowed on the cleanse – proteins for the most part, but it still wasn’t hard to pass up what my boyfriend was eating while I drank a shake and ate veggies.

Day 3 eats:

  • Breakfast: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology & half a banana. I decided to have these separately instead of blended together and it made me feel like I had more to eat.
  • Fiber Sweep – again with extra lemon juice. Everyone in our accountability group seemed to like the taste of this and I did too, but you still want to make sure to drink it pretty quickly so you don’t have any clumps.
  • Lunch: I had my vanilla fresh with strawberries (and had a few strawberries left over to eat) as well as two medium celery sticks with hummus. I loooove hummus!
  • Afternoon snack: I sauteed spinach in coconut oil and it was a super-good super-food!! I also made decaffeinated green tea and it was a nice little bonus.
  • Dinner: I had vanilla fresh again and added cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to it. Vanilla fresh does kind of get old through the process, but this combo definitely made it better. I also made the cucumber tomato recipe that is provided in the 3 day refresh booklet and it was great. The serving was actually more than I needed and I was full halfway through, but I ate it all because I felt like I needed to stick to the cleanse to a T.

 

They say not to exert yourself too much during the refresh, but I’ve gotten so used to working out that I just had to. I did the Beachbody 21 day extreme leg workout and it was intense but not overly. I love this workout, but then again, I love working my legs. I think this also helped burn some extra calories and my legs were definitely a little sore on day 4.

Results:

I was so looking forward to waking up in the morning to see my results that I didn’t sleep very well. I measured myself and lost 1″ around my waist, 1″ around my hips, and 1/4″ around both of my thighs which amounts to 2.5″ in all!! I lost a pound (I have trouble losing weight, but I think that also has to do with building muscle) and I am very happy with the results!! I feel so good from the inside out and will hopefully maintain these results through the next 21 day round.

I think I will definitely do this again, probably after the July 4th holiday, so if you want to jump on board and try it, let me know!!!

 

 

3 Day Refresh – Day 2

Today has been pretty good! I’ve heard from a lot of people that day 2 is the hardest and it wasn’t really bad for me. I did have a headache early in the morning and took some Aspirin with a bunch of water and almost immediately felt better. I may have just needed the water! I also felt a little tired, but I think it was mostly from sitting in front of my computer all day. We have one car this week so I had to reschedule some things so I could work from home for a couple of days instead of from my car. If it had to happen, this was good timing…close to a bathroom, got my blender, and I didn’t have to prepare my snacks ahead of time. Although, if I do this again I don’t think it will be a problem if I’m doing it while traveling. 
Today pretty much mimicked yesterday as far as my food went. I did get a variety of fruits and veggies but yesterday was so great that I decided to copy it. The only difference was I used strawberries instead of raspberries in my first vanilla fresh (and even had a few leftover strawberries to eat) and I made a different recipe out of the pamphlet for dinner. I made steamed kale with pinenuts, juice from one lemon, and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was so delicious! I would have been happy with a little less lemon though. 

I have a great steamer/rice cooker and it makes everything perfectly. In the recipe instructions it says to boil the spinoff and drain, but I steamed mine and it was delish. This was the first time I’ve had steamed kale and I absolutely loved it! Score!

Tomorrow is the last day! I don’t feel like I’ve lost any weight or anything, but we shall see. I certainly don’t feel like I’m depriving myself of anything, although I did want some of that leftover chicken in the fridge today. I can hold out, but just so you know I can’t wait to have a real meal on Friday!

3 Day Refresh – Day 1

I am so glad I’m doing this because so far it is easy peasy! It is the end of day one, I just took a bubble bath, I’m drinking a little more water and then I’m heading to bed.


Since it’s just after Memorial Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to detox from the fun weekend. I didn’t go all out by any means but I did have more than one cheat meal! I went to the grocery store and got everything I needed which was all fruits and veggies and 3 gallons of filtered water. I wanted to get the gallons of water to ensure I was drinking enough every day. I’m drinking one a day and that should really assist in flushing out my system. In the refresh pamphlet there are some great recipes and food lists that you can pick from to prepare for the 3 days.

This morning I woke up, checked my email in bed, and then immediately made my shakeology before I got ready for the rest of the day. I added a half of banana, water, and ice to it and it tasted great. I had been drinking unsweetened almond milk with it and I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in taste.

An hour later I had the fiber sweep which wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I put it in cold water and squeezed some fresh lemon in it, and shook it until it was all nice and blended. There were a couple of clumps at the bottom which didn’t go down as smoothly, but all in all not that bad!

For Lunch I had my vanilla fresh and added raspberries to it. I also had a cucumbers and hummus for my veggie and healthy fat. It was filling and I didn’t feel like I was missing out at all


I also got an afternoon snack. If I didn’t have that I think it would have been much harder. I prepared a couple of celery sticks with almond butter and it was the perfect snack.


Dinner was probably the hardest because I made dinner for my boyfriend. We had yummy, healthy chicken sitting in the crock pot all day. This is normally a go to meal for me because it’s so easy. I usually make him a starch and then add a veggie. Since roasted asparagus was in the recipe book I made that for his and my veggie tonight. They were sooooo good!!! 


I had to pass up the chicken and the mashed potatoes and I knew it was going to be hard, so I did the 21 day extreme upper fix workout. This made having another vanilla fresh shake soooo much easier. As an fyi, I really love the extreme workouts so far. I feel like I needed to change up my routine and my muscles are thanking me because I’m working them in a different way. That’s another reason I love beachbody. There are so many different programs to choose from so nothing ever gets old…except for maybe this vanilla fresh. I kid, I kid!!! hahaha

On to day 2!