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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FEMBODY Nutrition – Review

I’ve been struggling with losing baby weight since I had my first.  Weigh-loss has never come easy to me and the only way I’ve ever maintained my weight was when I was a dancer, dancing many hours a week.  I’ve struggled with depriving myself – whoa that was deep.  Soda is really my weakness.  I’d give up most anything sweet if I could have a soda.  I’m kinda anal about the rest of my eating, counting calories, not eating candy, fruits and veggies…Soda is my total love.  Sigh.  I’m working on getting it under control – dang hubbs.  He’s not a coffee guy so Soda is his way of staying awake.  So when I received the chance to review something to aid in my weight loss journey I jumped at it.  Usually I would call myself a skeptical person, especially about products like this. 

         Let me introduce Fembody Nutrition Appetitle Control 100.  A product I firmly believe in, and have seen it help me get over some craving/snacking humps.  Here’s some more info about the Fembody Product:

         Summer is all about getting out and having fun, but road trips or days at the beach can lead to impulse eating and unhealthy snacking habits. Stay swimsuit-ready all year long with Fembody Appetite Control 100™ Gum with Satiereal®, which helps control hunger and reduce calorie consumption.
         There has been a lot of buzz about the breakthrough appetite control ingredient Satiereal® Saffron Extract since it was featured on a popular daytime TV health show. Fembody is proud to introduce a novel Satiereal delivery system in an innovative appetite-blocking, dual-layer chewing gum that comes in a refreshing Luscious Mint flavor.
         In a 2010 eight-week, randomized, placebo-controlled study of mildly overweight, healthy women, Satiereal Saffron Extract was shown to help decrease hunger, as well as reduce sugar cravings and compulsive snacking between meals.
         Chewing on a piece of Appetite Control 100 Gum for about five minutes twice a day releases enough Satiereal Saffron Extract to help keep snackers away from the cookie jar. Appetite Control 100 Gum may help control hunger between meals and decrease compulsive snacking, thereby supporting steady weight loss when used consistently for 8 weeks. It is stimulant-free and caffeine-free, and can be taken in the evening to avoid late-night snacking.

         I carried this gum around with me, and when I was out with the kids, instead of buying a soda or some other drink I popped in one of these.  It takes great the craving away, gets me over the hump, and it tastes good to boot.  If you are interested in trying a product like this and are concerned about it, I would be too.  In fact, I was totally concerned about this working.  Granted, I was able to try this as a free sample, but in a very stressful and and crazy time in my life, helping me get over this hump, this product delivered.  Thanks FEMBODY!!

I received a product to review, in partnership with Business to Blogger, in exchange for writing a review of the product.  I was not compensated for a positive review.  my opinions are my own, take them or leave them.

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