Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stronger than yesterday

I had a second meeting with a trainer on Monday.  It's taken a while to coordinate schedules so it's been like a month since we've worked together.  I lasted a whopping 25ish out of shape!  She had me do a 10 minute warm up on a treadmill (incline 3.5 and speed between 3.5-4) then we did two full circuits of arms with a 25lb weight, "prisoner" squats, a little cardio thing she calls "mountain climbers", lunges and planks in 30 second spurts.  I called it quits after that, because the first time we worked out I couldn't walk without wincing for two days after and didn't want to overdo it again.  Oi vey.  I was sweating and could feel it in my muscles (my poor wimpy little muscles!).

I asked her to give me some other variations of workouts that I could do on my own, seeing as we don't always get our schedules together.  She set me up with some arm moves (she recommends free weights over weight machines toning).  She wants me to keep doing lunges and squats for my legs (ugh! but I get it).  Her breakdown for my workouts was this 10 minute warm up followed by arms, legs, abs, cardio in either reps of 10 or 30 seconds each. Three full circuits.

I love this girl.  She is so sweet, and she really listens to my questions and concerns.  She also works out right along side me only stopping to correct my form.  I know I'm only two sessions in, but I really feel like she will help me get some results I can see (and I know I can already feel them).

So, that's the beginning of me working to become a healthier individual...I'd love to hear thoughts you have on healthy living.  Tips, sites you visit, your workout plans, meal plans, or blogs you follow in this area...please, let me know!

Cheers to you and have a happy day!

Monday, May 27, 2013

my last Klutch Club box

This is the Klutch Club box that I received for May 2013...and I've since opted out of their service.  There is just too much that I have no use for.

The good parts of this box were: the Bic Soleil Bella razor (always nice to have a disposable razor for travelling), the Eclos daily HydraPrimer SPF 30 (I like to keep these sample size sunscreens in my purse as a little mini reminder about wearing sunscreen daily), the Kind nut bar (I usually pick them up at the store...but they're pretty tasty), and the disinfecting wipes from Clean Well (another little purse must have).

The "meh" parts were the Shea Terra Organics Black Soap (is for acne, which I don't really have), Enjoy Life Foods Seeds and Fruit (which also had chocolate in was all one melted together blob), and 100% Pure body cream samples (4 tiny packets, nothing special).

The "just not for me" parts included: a 16oz Omega-3 dietary supplement in Lemon Nectar with 3000mg of fish oil per serving (contains 45 servings...of which I have very little desire to try), Dream Water a zero calorie sleep and relaxation shot (I'm passing on the Snoozeberry drink), Nurse Noni's Hangover Sucks lozenges in Ginger, Raspberry and Lime flavors (your supposed to allow it to dissolve in mouth and swallow, but do not chew) just looks cheap and untrustworthy, it has not been evaluated by the FDA.  Lastly there was a AgroLabs Wheatgrass Boost another shot drink, there is a chance I might try it but not entirely likely.

They called it their Beach Body Ready box, but maybe I just don't get beach ready the way they do over at Klutch Club.  Womp womp.

Cheers and hope y'all had a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cheers to Green Tea!

A while ago I read a book called "Feed Your Face" by Dr. Jessica Wu.  I like some of her thoughts, and ended up on her mailing list which overall I enjoy reading. This week she talks Green Tea, which has grown to be one of my favorite drinks anyway (me and most of the world apparently).  My most used kitchen appliance (especially in Summer) is the Iced Tea Maker.  I typically use 4 Green tea bags and sometimes 1 bag of my super favorites Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland's Mad Tea Party Blend to make it just a little fruity.

Here's a little linky-loo to Dr. Wu and her view on Green Tea...


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

taking sides on pretty (organic vs. lab made)

It's a choice you make for yourself. All organic and natural sound great...but in my experience sometimes it's a little lacking in the results department. An ingredients list with words as long as my arm doesn't seem much better, and even though I own ingredient dictionaries it is a bit time consuming to look it all up.

At an International Dermal Institute (Dermalogica) class I was at they talked about how their products are made in the lab and how the only guinea pigs they use are their employees.  It was pointed out that when a product is created in the lab it can synthesize the ingredient from nature...but it will turn out the same every time which in turn would create consistent results.  To me, I think seeing and feeling results is a bigger issue than the ingredients list.

Also, I'm currently more concerned about whether or not a product was tested on animals.

What are your main concerns when picking out products?  Do you look for organic certifications? Do you look for the bunny?  Do you go by price? Let me know...I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers xoxo~~Tam

Sunday, May 5, 2013

coming soon to my mailbox

As I am a fan of beauty subscriptions (probably because I'm also on the lazy side and like others to pick things for me) I tried a new one whose focus is health/nutrition/'s called KLUTCHclub.  I should receive the May box soon and will then give y'all a little review of what's inside.  I'm going to let May be my decider box as last month I received a full size body wash that kind of leaked on to everything else (therefore making it hard to review the box as a whole).  Fingers crossed that doesn't happen again.  Stay tuned my friends.