Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Workout Wednesday: Shakeology

I hope everyone is staying warm in this winter weather.  Unfortunately, North Carolina did not see any of the beautiful snow. (Fortunately… I guess depending on how you view it.) I have been battling a horrible cold for the last few weeks and am finally feeling on the up and up. This year has been horrible for me catching every bug the students bring into school. I need to invest in some lysol for my office like yesterday!

Being sick brings out the junk eater in me. I have never been the type to get sick and lose my appetite. This always leads to gaining a few extra unwanted pounds. Since I am finally feeling better, I know it is time to get back on track. I thought that a cleanse is a great way to get rid of this pesky bloat and jumpstart my weight loss. So, I have decided to complete the Shakeology 3 day cleanse! 

I have been enjoying Shakeology for my breakfast for the past month. I truly enjoy the richness and flavor of the shake. Shakeology shakes are very filling and, if blended with plenty of ice and fruit, they almost taste like dessert. A bonus is that the mix tastes great on it’s own - you can mix it with water and go! So, what is all the hype with Shakeology? It is an all natural protein mix created from whole food ingredients that contains 23 essential vitamins in minerals per serving. I like knowing if I enjoy a shake for breakfast that I am not missing any nutrients or vitamins.  

The Shakeology 3 Day Cleanse is a great way to refresh your cravings and reduce bloat. An added benefit is losing a few pounds! The cleanse keeps your calories up and your not restricting yourself so your not starving.  The three day cleanse encourages you to enjoy vegetables, fruits, lean proteins along with Shakeology shakes.

Foods and beverages on the shopping list:
Shakeology shake mix
Green tea
Salad ingredients (lettuce, tomato, broccoli, celery, bell peppers, spinach and any leafy greens)
Low fat dressing or homemade oil and vinegar dressing
Lean proteins including fish, white meat chicken or white meat turkey
Foods and beverages to avoid:
Added sugars
Starches (rice, corn, potatoes, etc)
Processed or canned foods

During the three days on the cleanse, you eat three meals per day, with two snacks in between. Breakfast and lunch consists of Shakeology shakes and dinner includes a salad with your choice of lean protein. I'll be sharing my thoughts next week on how it goes! 


Disclaimer: I purchased Shakeology personally and am not compensated for this post. I am not associated with Beachbody products. This is an honest review about the products I purchased on my own. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Workout Wednesday: Class Pass

Good afternoon loves! My week is getting quite a late start as I have been off work Monday and Tuesday. I took the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend visiting family back home. Today I am popping in to share with you all exciting fitness news for the Raleigh/Durham area. ClassPass is opening this week!

What's class pass?  ClassPass is a fitness start up that helps people discover the best fitness classes in their city. It is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

For or $99/month you are able to visit unlimited classes at multiple studios.  Studios featured on ClassPass for Raleigh/Durham include locations in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Morrisville.  The list of participating studios include Flywheel, Bikram Yoga, Box-2B-Fit, CrossFit, Pure Barre and more! I'm excited to try new-to-me studios especially Flywheel! If you are local I highly encourage you to give ClassPass. If your interested please out my referral link {Here}! This enables you to sign up for classes immediately and skip the line.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Five

Hello cold front! I hope you all are bundled up and keeping warm today. I am not a cold weather girl at all. All I wish is that there was a little snow to go with this cold weather. I am sure we will se some by the end of winter! Let's get this Friday started with five of my favorite things this week.

{One} Currently Reading.  This week I have been on a search for a good personal development book that isn't too preachy. I want to read tips on how to be more successful without making me feel awful about my life- you know what I mean?! I would greatly appreciate any personal recommendations.

{Two} Currently Eating.  As part of my partnership with Influenster, received a jar of Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread few weeks ago. This is something I would never purchase for myself especially when I am trying to eat clean. The main ingredient is sugar so it is not even pretending to be healthy.  The calories per serving is similar to peanut butter but without all the health benefits. Since I needed to give it a try, I decided to give it a go one night as a frosting for protein mug cake. It was a perfect topping for the mug cake. Now that I have given it a try it's going to work with Joe for him to enjoy with his snack. Because I know I would eat way to much if it was sitting in our pantry! 

{Three} Currently Watching.  I am thrilled that my favorite shows are back this week. My favorite being Parks and Recreation. I am a huge fan of Chris Pratt (Did you know before Parks and Rec he was on The OC for a season. I had no idea!). I am interested to see how the writers wrap up the series. 

{Four} Wishlist Worthy. This cold front has me craving sunshine and warmer weather. Since we still have months to go until summer and I am on a spending freeze I am mentally building my summer wishlist. At the top of the list this amazing suit from Anthropologie. AKA My workout motivation

{Five} Coming Up.  Speaking of warmer weather, I am headed to Florida in 4 weeks!! The National Association for School Psychologists holds a convention every year and our cohort from graduate school always try and go. This year we are lucky enough to be headed to Orlando. I don't think it will be warm enough to rock a swim suit but I am excited to break out the shorts and sandals. We will be visiting Disney while we are there. Any Disney tips or recommendations on where to eat are greatly appreciated!! 

Linking up with TiffClareKarliAmanda & April .

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