#FitnessFriday Fembody Science!

           Hi everyone. Yes, I realize its Saturday, but lets not split hairs.  I’m really trying to focus of keeping the momentum going.  This seems to harder than I thought it would be.  Keeping a momentum of working out, and eating healthy is becoming harder and harder for me to stick to.  Having multiple children, I realize, isn’t an excuse but for me it seems to be the root of my problem.  Although I will say that having my oldest in school has been helpful on many levels.  I’m walking roughly four miles every day, taking Brian to school.  Then I’m usually able to squeeze in another workout – either one of the workouts on my iphone workout app or P90X.  I feel like I’m finding my new rhythm.  It’s a new and different one of course.  Adaptation is key; and I think we women are really good at it.  I find myself getting frustrated and I tend to fall into a sort of trap if you will.  One in which I find myself getting ridiculously frustrated with commercials that talk about how easy it is to lose weight.  Track your food, get your “coach”, order your six weeks of food and get two weeks free. *insert eye roll*  Here’s the thing, you and I both know anyone can initially loose weight if they have the money to order months of food, perfectly portioned out, pay for a person a personal trainer, or pay for someone to watch their kids so they can go to a gym (because their husband is literally almost never home) or go grocery shopping so you can actually pay attention to what you are doing.  I am so super proud of myself though, because I’ve gotten really good at my meal planning, which helps with budgeting and eating better.

         So, what have I been doing…what am I doing to combat this?  I’ve been doing P90X.  I decided to put the calendar up on my bedroom door, in a prominent place so that it will help me to remember.  I’m tracking everything on My Fitness Pal.  I know, I know, everyone does it.  But writing down what I’m eating really helps me stay on track.  I also discovered an amazing app called Workout Trainer.  It’s a free iPhone app.  There’s an upraded version that costs like $2.99 I think.  Whenever I need something short, or something to concentrate on a particular area because I want to mix it up, I go to this app.  So many kinds of workouts of varying difficulty, length, in home or at a gym.  There are even user reviews, which is also really helpful.  It’s an amazing app and I’ve really enjoyed using it.  I can do it while I’m watching tv or listening to Pandora or whatever else.  Along with that I’ve been walking my son to and from school, pushing the double stroller, with my middle and youngest in it.  Sometimes Ami walks, but mostly she takes advantage of the free ride, wouldn’t you?

         I also decided to partner with Fembody Nutrition.  You can see my review for the appetite suppressing gum here.   Paula Abdul (I know, I know, yuck it up!) is one of the celebrity endorsements of FemBody.  You can’t argue with the fact that she actually looks pretty darn good.

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         I’m using the Slim Select GT300 –  Breakthrough formula with EGCG Green Tea Extract and Raspberry Ketones, which helps accelerate fat burning and support healthy metabolism; and the Appetite Control 100 – Breakthrough Satiereal® Saffron Extract demonstrated a substantial reduction in the desire to snack among study participants.  I’ve been taking them for about a month.  Results should be seen in about 8 weeks.  I plan to keep everyone updated.  I’m excited!  If you know of any awesome Fitness Friday link-ups, let me know.

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Fittness Fri….errr….I mean Saturday Aurorae Yoga *review*

Yes, its Saturday not Friday…but that’s really only a day off so I say its pretty close.  I really want to be committed to working out and loosing this baby weight…from Brian, Ami and Phillip.  I sort of loose most of the weight but not really.  I’d really love to fit back into my wedding dress as my first goal.  Ultimately I’d like to lose more than that, but one goal at a time.  I’ve never been a skinny gal, ever.  Even at my smallest, where I was working out the most with dance.  It’s just not the way I’m built.  I’m stacked and thick.  Being the proud owner of P90X I really got motivated after Ami was born.  I lost quite a bit of weight and got close to that wedding number.  Then came Phillip, which I didn’t gain a lot with and was really committed to working out during that pregnancy.  Then after Phillip, you know, you take it easy like you’re supposed to take it easy, then I had gall bladder surgery, only two months after having him, then we moved across country.  Not exactly prime workout motivation circumstances.  Yes, I know its all about motivation.  It is really hard to work out with any sort of consistency with three littles at home.  Once Brian starts kindergarten I really hope it will get easier.  That’s why I decided to bring this part of me to my blog in the hopes that blogging will help hold me accountable and help me track my progress.  I would love to be FitFluential for all you mama’s out there that are in the same place as me.

 This is me about 6ish months pregnant
 This is me about a month after giving birth at my friends Tea party shower – see my awesome vintage hat?
 This is me on Day 2 after Phillip was born

So What I’m Doing?

P90X, walking with the kids, My Fitness Pal App and a Workout App called Workout Trainer (great workouts when you want to spice things up).  I’ve also decided to add in SlimQuick.  It worked out well for me the last time.  They have reformulated it so I’m excited to try it out this time.  It may not be what everyone would do or likes, but that’s what I’m doing for me.  I really love that it is formulated just for women and helps with other issues.  Stress is a huge part of my life and I’ll be the first to tell you Stress Management is not something that I have under control.  One of my bloggy friends who I had the awesome opportunity to meet blogged about something similar – stress and anxiety (which I have in spades).  Her blog is amazing and you should take the time to check it out.  But anyway, she absolutely saved me when she talked about visiting her doctor and the symptoms that appear on your body when you are stressed out to the max.  Having a baby, surgery, moving across the country all in like 3 1/2 months?  yipes!

So in honor of starting out I have a review for you.  It’s an awesome cool Yoga Mat.  If you are friends with me off line you may have heard me talk about the fact that I loathe yoga.  I really do.  Seriously!  I just can’t get into it.  I find it absolutely maddening (anxiety and stress much! LOL).  But I wanted to start fresh with this Yoga thing, and really get into it.  So when I was given the opportunity to review a product for Aurorae  Yoga I jumped at it.  The perfect motivator!

I tried out the Aurorae Northern Lights yoga mat.  

It is a great yoga mat and I’m excited about it furthering my new friendship with Yoga.  It is also just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures.  You can purchase the mat on sale for $39.95 (reg 59.95).  Now I don’t profess to know too much about Yoga mats.  I’ve tried a cheaper mat before and I’ve got to tell you there really is now comparison with the comfort and support I felt when I tried out the Aurorae mat for the first time, and I have bad, picky feet.  So take that for what it’s worth.  I love it!  Aurorae has tons of other products as well including two other yoga mat types, bags, mat spray, rosin, and other tools to help make your yoga experience good.  Their customer service was wonderful and you can easily order from them through Amazon!  Yahooooo!  I’m a fan of easy.  If you are in the market for an awesome yoga mat check out Aurorae products.

And since this is a crazy kid house, what better way to show off the mat then to share the pictures my 6 year old took of me using it while my 3 yr old pranced around with her pink blanket trying to steal my picture thunder.  Yes, we apparently have no shame in this house

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