Showing posts from April, 2013

Importance of Strength Training + Beginner Routine

While cardio is good for you, strength training is even more important to burn fat while you're not even working out! A good rule to follow is to strength train 2-3 times a week. Make sure you have a day of rest in between so your muscles can recover properly. Also, after every strength training session, I drink a protein shake or bar that has at least 20g of protein in it within 45 minutes. This is KEY! I didn't do this until I met Jared, and it's CRAZY how much more defined my muscles are! The protein feeds your muscles and keeps them fueled to burn fat at rest, and look toned ;)  BEGINNER TIPS: I would start out with a light weight, maybe 8 or 10 pounds. (Just see what feels best to you and go with it!) I like to do 3 sets of 12 reps for my strength training stuff. This is what I do with free weights: Bicep Curls Overhead lifts Squats Lunges (12 on EACH leg) Shoulder raises (you will have to decrease your weight for these. I use a 6 pound, so you might try 3 or 4…


URAWK sent me some bars to review! Here's some info from their website: About the Founder Isabel Gallego

Isabel is a Biology and Chemistry Bachelor of Science candidate at Florida International University with both ACE and AFFA Fitness certification and years of experience with the effects of nutrition in fitness programming.  She has experimented with Raw and Paleo Diet programs and has developed an individual nutrition strategy specifically tailored to high intensity interval training and personal wellness. An avid Crossfit coach and competitor, She is currently working on attaining her Crossfit Level 1 and USAW certifications.

Mission: To give you a better option
To introduce you to the world of RAW Living Foods.​
To provide you with the highest and purest form of nutrition available to us today, free of preservatives, synthetic chemicals and pollutants.​
To proudly and humbly bring you a product like no other, a product that fuels your body naturally and completely.​

Rob's Really Good Drinks Review

Rob's Really Good Zero sent me some drinks to review! 
Here's some info from their website: ROB’S Story I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur, one of those guys who laid by the beach whilst their products sold like crazy. The reality is actually more exciting than the dream and I hope you follow me as I journey through this life. Its more exciting, like James Bond driving on hairpin turns in Europe, and wearing a tux to the casino. Actually its clean up in Aisle 3, after I break a bottle of catsup as I bring boxes of my product to the shelf. It’s all happening and you react with the nimbleness of a river barge. I am the founder of Pirate’s Booty and now you have Rob's Really Good in your hand. I surround myself with very talented and exciting people and you are one of them. You've read this far so you must be fascinated. I want to share my passion.

****************************************************  My Review: 10/10! I recently gave up diet soda and anyt…

Awesome Bars Review

Awesome bars sent me some product to review! Here's some info from their website: Healthy + handcrafted + natural ingredients + biodegradable wrapper = Awesome Bars. In our little granola factory, we believe that food can only be as good as its ingredients. Which means, no fake “stuff” is added to our wholesome bars. Only real ingredients from real people; because really, you can’t fake awesome.  THE BACK-STORY
One day, Chef Leah had an energy bar epiphany. She decided that there needed to be a better snack; a delicious snack that’s made with pure and natural ingredients. And most importantly, this snack needed to be awesome.  
So, Leah sought out to make a healthy and super yummy snack for the world. Something simple that would satisfy the hungry people running up mountains and the people running the world. 

Awesome Bars are created by Chef Leah Melnik (AKA, Master of Awesome) and her sister, Stephanie (AKA, Director of Awesome). Leah and Ste…

Pacific Beach Peanut Butter Review

Pacific Beach Peanut Butter sent me three flavors to review! Touch of Caramel, CinnaYum, and Original.
Here's some info from their website: Made with only the best tasting peanuts, Pacific Beach Peanut Butter creates natural peanut butter and peanut butter spreads in the yummiest flavors. Full of protein and minerals, our healthy peanut butter is a great start to your day and our flavored peanut butter spreads add a touch of sweetness to your midnight snack! Our natural peanut butter is so delicious you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful! Grab a spoon!
******************************************** My Review: 10/10! I loved that this peanut butter tasted SO GOOD and it was ALL NATURAL! There were VERY MINIMAL ingredients. SO AWESOME! 
Touch of caramel had chocolate in it, so Jared gets to eat that all by himself! :)  CinnaYum was delicious by the spoonful, as well as on my PB wraps! Original was perfect on my PB wraps, but I also enjoyed little tastes of it by the spoonful here…

Awesome Bars Review

Powerful Yogurt Review

Powerful Yogurt sent me some of their products to review! Here's some info from their website:  When we began the development of Powerful Yogurt, we knew the kind of product we wanted. In addition to the non-negotiable requirements of incredible taste and convenience, we wanted this to be a product that absolutely any active, health-oriented man would want to eat.

But we didn't want to produce yet another "muscle meal" that had been engineered in a lab and contained a list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients.

Our product had to be simple, all-natural, healthy, and wholesome – all while still delivering the protein and great taste than men need and want.

We put together a team of experts to achieve that goal and they put their collective years of health, nutrition, and diet expertise into this product.

The result? Every cup of Powerful Yogurt will help you improve yo…

Designer Whey Review

I was selected for a Designer Whey campaign through FitFluential! I received all of these products for review purposes.

First of all, can I just say, "WOW!" This box was packed FULL of awesome stuff! 
Premium Whey Protein Powders: 10/10. I really enjoyed the Premium Whey Protein Powders. White Chocolate and French Vanilla were the flavors. They were both tasty, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be White Chocolate because it tasted unique and pretty much like a MILKSHAKE! MMM!!!

Jared tried the protein bars for me, since I don't eat chocolate.    8/10.  Tastes very good and very satisfying. I love peanut butter flavored anything and this one doesn't disappoint. The taste is somewhat comparable to other peanut flavored bars but that's not a bad thing. Still would pick this bar because of its lower calories compared to others. 
But, I saved the BEST for last... I was highly impressed by the Protein 2GO Drink Mixes. WOW! These tasted INCREDIBLE. All I ha…

Bestowed Box Review

Bestowed Box recently sent me a box to review! Here's some info about Bestowed Box from their website: In a market as crowded, dynamic, and unregulated as health food and diet, how do you know what's really good?? don't. Unless you follow it closely.
Bestowed is the creation of nationally recognized nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and is the answer to all those that have ever stood in the health food section of their local grocery store and said to themselves..."which one of these is really the best??"
Each month, Heather and her team of health and diet experts carefully curate 5 product samples that have caught their attention. Items like nutrition bars, snacks, breakfast cereals, and supplements are just a few of the categories considered.
Bestowed members receive these samples in a box delivered right to their door each month.
We like to think of ourselves as match makers. Introducing the right people to brands that they will absolut…

LunaLing Capris Review

LunaLing sent me a pair of their capris to try and review. Here's some info about LunaLing from their website: Get smoother, softer skin and lose weight in style with Lunaling Capri. They feel cozy and sleek, hugging you gently from tummy to calves. Using technology proven to help you lose weight during exercise, Lunaling helps you get the body you want. Suitable for any exercise (or just for wearing around the house), the Capris use your natural body temperature to increase the heat around the areas you care about most (legs, thighs, bum and tum). In fabric tests, women wearing Lunaling lost weight 4x faster in 30 minutes than they did doing the same exercise with normal gym clothes!
*********************************************************** My Review: 8/10.  These pants were very form fitting and an interesting type of material. I kind of felt like I was wearing a spacesuit. haha. I did like that they were black, instead of crazy neon colors like a different brand of pants…

Joico Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Seth from Faber Products LLC sent me some more stuff to review!
Here's some info about Joico products from their website: This luxuriously rich conditioner thickens with Oat Protein Complex while protecting the hair with Quadramine Complex. Hair looks and feels thicker and fuller and is more responsive to styling.
This luxuriously rich shampoo contains OAT PROTEIN COMPLEX™ to thicken each hair fiber while cleansing gently. pH 4.5-5.5. Contains QUADRAMINE COMPLEX™, an exclusive blend of low molecular weight and size proteins (MWS 150-2500). This balance of 19 essential amino acids (the building blocks of hair) adheres quickly and effectively to ensure maximum protection and reconstruction from the cuticle to the cortex.
*************************************************** My Review: 10/10.
This shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel stronger. It smelled really good, so that was an added bonus! :) After just a week, my hair feels better than ever! Hopefully I can get it nice…

Anahola Granola Review

Anahola Granola sent me some of their bars to review! Here's some info from their website:  Anahola Granola has been hand made in Hawaii since 1986. We believe the simple idea that granola is best when ingredients are fresh, local and unadulterated.  Anahola Granola captures the exotic flavorings of our tropical paradise to bring the fresh Hawaiian taste to you. All of our products are made with the highest quality ingredients, with no preservatives. We use a healthy portion of nuts and seeds, the best unsulphered tropical fruits available, canola oil and Hawaiian honey. The special flavoring in our products is pure vanilla made from Madagascar beans, which we grind and infuse to our exact specifications. We bake and pack Anahola Granola by hand and ship throughout Hawaii and the Mainland the next day.

***************************************************** My Review: 10/10! These bars were SO chewy and delicious. I loved the coconut flakes on each bar. They added a sweet flav…


Jared and I spent five days in LAS VEGAS with his parents over Spring Break! ALL I GOTTA SAY IS .... "WOW!" It was sooooooo much fun!!! I didn't get a ton of pics on my phone because I didn't carry my purse a lot. Jared got a ton on his phone, but I'm too lazy to put them all on mine... haha. 
We went to Hoover Dam. 

I enjoyed scaring Jared half to death on the bridge... ;)  He was hugging the wall the whole time, except to take one pic, so I have to brag on him for being brave for that one minute. haha. :) 

We saw Cirque Du Soleil's "Mystere" show. It was incredible!!! I wish we could take pics, but we weren't allowed. If you ever get the opportunity to go see a show, DO IT! It's amazing!!! :)
We had a wonderful time just walking up and down the strip. We did a LOT of walking! There was no need to worry about not having a gym because we got PLENTY of cardio! 

We got some really cute pics inside the outrageously decorat…

Bakery on Main Oatmeal - New Flavors Review

Bakery on Main was kind enough to send me some of their new products to try and review!

Here is some information about them from their website: Bakery On Main True Bar Gluten Free Granola Bars are a good source of Fiber and Omega 3, made with many low-GI ingredients, non- GMO, dairy and casein free. These bars are also low in sodium with no transfat or cholesterol and certified gluten free and Kosher Parve. The six delicious flavors are: Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry, Walnut Cappuccino, Fruit & Nut, Raspberry Chocolate Almond, Coconut Cashew, and Apricot Almond Chai.
Bakery on Main Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal is made with whole grains including certified gluten free oats, amaranth, and quinoa plus chia and flax. This healthy comfort food is high in fiber, non GMO, dairy and casein free, low sodium, GFCO certified gluten free and Kosher OU Parve with no transfat or cholesterol. The three delicious bakeshop flavors are Apple Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Maple Multigr…