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Soybu {Review}

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We’ve chatted a little bit about exercising and being healthy. Now, let’s chat about what you wear when you put that Richard Simmons tape in and sweat it out to the Oldies. What are your go to items in your closet when you’re planning to do some yoga for that day? I’ll be straight with you, because let’s face it I like sharing totally embarrassing things with you in hopes of finding someone out there who does what I do, I grab my over sized t-shirt and those oh-so-saggy-lost-their-shape-during-my-last-pregnancy pants. Maybe you feel the same, but I don’t usually feel happy, cute, or pumped when I’m dressed like that. It’s not my style, and heaven forbid I have to go to the grocery store right after a run. No one wants to see me in those work out clothes buying cookies! I was really looking for some work out clothes that made me feel like 1) working out and 2) like I didn’t have to duck and cover if I had to stop anywhere on the way home. Enter Soybu and their amazing active fashion clothing. I’m so excited to tell you about them and share with you some of their products so you can jazz up your work out too!

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I really love doing yoga! I can’t do those amazing tripod headstands by any means, but I like the stretching and time to reflect it gives me. I decided to put the pieces to the test during a mini yoga session I did. I completely love the leggings! These are the Allergro Legging in Raffia. They have reinforced stitching and the waist band is wide and supportive. I always struggle with active pants because it seems most  have that super skinny elastic in the waistband and it just cuts into my waist, that is not the case here. Also, I love how I could put these under a  jean skirt any day and not a single person would know they fall into the “active wear” category.

soybucollegeI’m just in love with this top! It is the Lanai Tunic Tank in Raffia. Aside from the comfort, color, and all over cuteness (look at those straps!) I love how long the tank is and how high up the side of the tank comes under my arms. I can do these amazing stretches with out my back showing or feeling the need to pull it down. The tank stays where I put it. I feel like because the sides come up so high I have great support and coverage!

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I love the straps of this tank top! Just that added bit of detail does so much. The fabric on both the top and leggings is a bit thicker than I imagined. It’s not silky like most active clothing. It is extremely stretchy; I never felt restricted during my work out. The fabric also gives me a good hold. I think it will give me enough warmth for any fall activity especially a nice bike ride too!

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This jacket is the cutest! It is the Maura Pullover in Zinnia. It’s has more of the silky athletic wear feel but not quite.  Once again the detail got me! There are flowers and other cute details sewn into the top. It’s warm so I could wear it on a chilly day with any outfit and it makes for a fantastic layering piece too! There are holes on the cuff for your thumbs, which once again helps me not struggle with my clothing while I’m trying to concentrate on my peaceful time.

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The founders of Soybu set out to create clothing for the “Everywoman.” They wanted to create clothing that “would transition with her throughout her day… Soybu’s versatile active wear and lifestyle pieces help women exude beauty, strength, and balance in all they do- whether they’re enjoying a solitary moment of reflection, chasing a toddler, fitting in a hardcore workout, running to catch a flight, or meeting friends for happy hour… The company creates functional, stylish clothing so the Everywoman can get ready and stay ready all day.” I whole heartedly feel this company lived up to their mission!

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As soon as I tried these pieces on I immediately felt covered, comfortable, and cute! I told My Man J that I felt like I should go on a run! I never want to work out if I feel frumpy. I think it is a super important thing to feel happy and beautiful even before you walk into that ‘spinning class’ or bust a move during Zumba. These pieces help me feel that way instantly. We should get to feel beautiful all the time, right? Why not while we work out too! Not to mention that all of the pieces are additions to your wardrobe. Soybu’s new line is filled with amazing pieces like this. I know I’d feel just as amazing in all of them as I do in these. What are your thoughts on feeling good about yourself even before you exercise? I’d love to know what you think!

You should pop over and see what other fantastic pieces they have in their store!

Soybu Website/ Facebook/ Twitter

*The products in the review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in thie review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*

 

Become Gurus {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a plan.  A plan to become a guru.  Not just any guru.  A weight guru.  Weight can be a very weighty issue.  See what I did there?  I’m glad that I can joke about this, because this is an issue that can get serious fast.  Especially after having a baby.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am taking this business of dropping some pounds seriously.  It’s just a good idea to be open to laughing at myself along the way.  In my opinion this makes the weight loss process easier.  It keeps me upbeat throughout the journey.  Join me, will you?

I’m 4 months postpartum and still working on losing those added pounds.  As in at least 30 lbs.  I have a ways to go.  But I know that I can accomplish the mission.  Who’s in?  To help me accomplish my goal I was sooooo happy to receive an email from the Weight Gurus.  It’s a sign.  They were totally sent my way for a reason.  They asked if I would review and giveaway one of their scales.  So  here’s the giveaway, some info about this great company, and then I’ll show you my results in a few weeks!

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This company came up with an amazing concept.  They’ve created a way to help people track their weight in a whole new way.  You can track and record your measurements easily to an app on your smart phone.  Neat, right?  The Weight Gurus sent me this scale:

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 It’s a sleek design and super easy to use.

Check out there other scale that you can get on Amazon:

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Now for the App I was talking about…

The setup is simple:

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Then weigh yourself and scan the code to your phone:

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Then you can keep track!

There’s even an option to see your weightless (minus weight amount instead of actual weight), so it motivates you even more.

weightgurus2Stay tuned for my *UPDATE* posting.

The winner of this giveaway will receive the Weightless Scale in Black from BecomeGurus.com!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 9thand will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by BecomingGurus.com, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Endure Shop {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Now that it’s finally February, we can accept the fact that Valentine’s Day is almost here. When the pink hearts start popping up all over WalMart the day after Christmas, I get a little cranky. But, like it or not, the big V-Day will be here in a week from tomorrow! What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Love? Hearts? Jewelry? Chocolate? Well, send your hubby on over to the Endure Jewelry Company, where you can find all of those things (minus the chocolate)!

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I’ve already told you how cool Endure Shop is, especially if you’re a runner. They sell beautifully crafted jewelry to represent and celebrate your running accomplishments, or to motivate you to reach your goals. Remember how I said you can find love, hearts and jewelry all in their shop? Check out this beautiful “Live Love Run” necklace and you’ll see I wasn’t kidding! Wouldn’t this be fabulous a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the runner in your life?

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I have a strange attraction/addiction to workout clothes, so I of course chose to review an item from the Apparel collection. Since I live in (almost) perpetually sunny California, I chose the Run Tank. I love the fabric–super light-weight without being cheap and thin–and of course the cute word “Run” with a heart and the Endure logo on the front.

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I ordered the Large because I’m currently 3 months pregnant with my third and figured I’d need the extra room. The tank fits snugly but not uncomfortably, so once I lose the baby weight it will be loose, but not ridiculously huge. I like that the fit is semi-fitted and truly hides the muffin-top, as they claim. The back is racer-back style and the Endure definition is right in the middle of that intersection, which I think looks really cool. My favorite part is the little roadrunner hanging out on the back of my hip–so cute!

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Please forgive my Vampire tan.

The tank also comes in white, but I thought the black with white lettering looked so much cooler. Now I just need to buy a few more colored bottoms so I don’t look like a stage hand or a gothic when I work out in all black 😉 The tank is $32, but if you’re lucky, you can win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop and snag this cute top for only $2! Or use the credit toward a really beautiful piece of jewelry for someone…and that someone can be you!

Win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 17, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Endure Jewelry Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Collage Video–Ballet Beautiful {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Have any of you ever taken one of those Barre classes? I took ballet growing up and am currently teaching ballet and tap to 3-7 year olds, so I have always wanted to take one! I hear they’re pretty killer. I also hear they’re pretty pricey, which is probably why I’ve never been to one. So, in my search for ballet-inspired workouts, I came across Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful Series. I first tried a video out online and LOVED it, so when I found a bunch of her videos on Collage Video, I had to have one!

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You remember Collage Video, right? The super awesome, chock-full-of-every-type-of-workout-video-you-could-ever-want website? Yeah, it’s still awesome. It’s super easy to search for a specific video or to browse a type of workout (dance inspired, walking, circuit work, etc.) and find just the right DVD. If you are into workout DVDs then this is your one-stop shop, my friends.

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So the video I reviewed was “Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn.” I’ll be honest: during the warm-up I couldn’t help but hate Mary Helen with her AMAZINGLY toned body. I mean, seriously, she has like every muscle perfectly defined but she’s still lean and graceful like a ballerina should be. I kept thinking, “This girl’s just lucky. She was born with a ballerina-perfect body and she probably doesn’t have to work at it. I could never look like her.” Once the workout began, I was singing an entirely different tune!

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This workout was HARD, but in a good way! I quickly appreciated Mary Helen for her strength and dedication to her art. I could tell that she earned every defined muscle through her exercises. The video is broken up into four 15-minute segments that start with an “Allegra” fat-burning interval (i.e. constant jumping and leg kicks) followed up by a mat workout that focuses on your arms, abs, butt and legs. Mary Helen likes to do four sets of eight counts of most exercises, and by set two I’d be dying but she was hardly breaking a sweat. She was cool as a cucumber the whole time, though I know she was working twice as hard as I was; her legs were straighter, her kicks were higher, and she held positions much longer than I could dream of. But she was good motivation to keep going and try harder–if she could do it, so could I!

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Bottom line: I LOVED this DVD! I know I will never look exactly like her, but I think if I did this 60-minute DVD 3-4 times a week I could have beautifully sculpted arms, legs and abs in only a few months.  And after doing the same workout for a while, I would truly appreciate the option to workout to the music only (beautiful Beethoven melodies) without Mary Helen’s instruction. If you want to look like a long, lean ballerina, this is the DVD to try! Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn can be purchased on CollageVideo.com, along with several other Ballet Beautiful/Ballet-inspired DVDs. But you can try to win this video (or another of your choice) for FREE today!

Win Ballet Beautiful OR a Workout DVD of Your Choice!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 3, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Collage Video {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Raise your hand if you like the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” I love it, and every summer when it comes back on, I live for Tuesday nights to see what new and exciting numbers they come up with each week. I’m a huge tapper, but unless there is a tapper still in the Top 20 (which is rare), they don’t do tap numbers, so my next favorite dance style to watch is Bollywood! I’ve always thought it looked like a ton of fun, but definitely a lot of hard work. So when I got a chance to pick a workout video from Collage Video and found a Bollywood Dance Fitness Workout DVD in their selection, I knew I had to review it!

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CollageVideo.com is a massive online shop for every kind of workout DVD. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of videos that they carry, but if you know what you’re looking for, it’s super simple and organized. You can search for videos with keywords like “Weight Loss,” “Dance,” “Muscle Toning,” or “Jillian Michaels,” or you can search for brands like Jazzercise, Tae Bo, 10 Minute Solution and The Firm. You can also search by Workout Type, Goals, Instructors, Equipment Used and Specialty Videos (i.e. pregnancy, seniors, arthritis, kids, etc.). Seriously, their selection is incredible. They carry exercise videos I didn’t even know existed–definitely something for everyone!

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As I said, I chose the Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set and I LOVED it! The first DVD, Beginner Breakdown, was a little slow, but necessary as it broke down all the Bollywood terms and moves that you would be using in the next two DVDs. There was a fun routine to learn at the end and I felt so cool performing with the awesome Bollywood dancers with cool moves of my own 🙂

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The next two videos were great. DVD #2 is a Cardio Dance and Conditioning video, in which you get a Warm Up, a Basics Refresher Drill that keeps you warm and moving, and then 11 different targeted segments to pick from to work specific parts of your body. You could choose to do just a few routines or do all 11 plus the warm up and cool down for a 70 minute workout. DVD #3 is Abs, Glutes and Cardio, and let me tell you, they work those areas for sure! Some of the routines were a little repetitive, but because the instructors are smiling and having a good time, I found myself having a great time, too. The moves were easy to follow and the instructors were clear and looked good, though I was surprised that one of the girls always wore baggy clothes instead of showing off her sleek, toned abs and hips!

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That’s real sweat on my back, no photoshopping necessary! Doonya is a great workout!

The video was only $24.99, which for three DVDs and a total of 174 minutes of exercise is a steal! That’s the great thing about Collage Video: their prices are all pretty reasonable, with some DVDs as low as $8.99! But today, you can enter to win the same video that I reviewed–Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set–for free! Or, if I haven’t convinced you that this is the most fun and exciting way to work your core and your entire body while feeling sexy and grooving to awesome Bollywood tunes (or if Bollywood just isn’t your thing), then you can pick a video of your choice from Collage Video’s massive collection of workout videos!

Enter to win a Workout DVD from Collage Video!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 8, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.  

Top Reasons Why Weight Watchers is a Good Diet Choice

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Choosing the right weight loss program can be difficult and depends on your lifestyle, fitness levels and the types of foods you love to eat. Shedding a few pounds requires commitment and determination. One of the most popular weight loss plans is Weight Watchers that offers a wide variety of foods for a balanced way of eating. The top five reasons to choose WW are:

Reason # 1 – Ease in Following the Plan, Eating Any Foods

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The Weight watchers plan is a rather easy plan to follow because it is not just a diet but learning a new way of eating. The premise is not to limit any type food or count calories but to determine a point’s value for all you eat. You can still eat your favorite foods and desserts, but learn to control portions and allow for the points. To be more successful, you may want to opt for higher fiber foods, leaner proteins plus fruits and vegetables. When starting the program, you are provided a point’s calculator that you can take with you anywhere you go to determine with ease what and how much to eat.

Reason #2 – Choice of Online or Local Memberships

You may choose to attend weekly meetings in your area, if that fits into your schedule, or join the online program if you lead a busy lifestyle. Either way, you get all the tools necessary to begin losing weight immediately; a list of the best food choices, a discreet weekly weigh-in, recipe ideas, coupons for weight watcher food choices and the encouragement and support of other members and staff. Going to a meeting near you may allow you more incentive because of the personal interaction with other members and the one-on-one encouragement received for each achievement of weight loss; but the choice is yours according to your needs and schedule.

Reason #3 – Affordable: Weight Watchers Promotions Throughout the Year

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

You can find sites with coupons for Weight Watchers if you search on Google for “Weight Watchers promotional codes.”

Reason #4 – Specialty Foods and Products

You are provided all the special products necessary in following the program, such as food diaries, points calculator, how to follow the plan, plus tips, recipes and more. If you choose to follow the plan on your own with tips from online, there are many available weight watchers products at your local grocery store. They may be labeled as weight watcher or smart one’s foods to include frozen meals and entrée’s, breakfast, snacks, cakes, desserts, candy and more. However, you don’t have to eat specialty foods to be successful.

Reason #5 – List of Zero Points Endless Foods

You never have to starve while on the WW program because there is a full listing of foods provided you that consist of zero points. You can eat as much as you like to feel satisfied. Typically, the foods on the zero points list consist of most fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Enjoy and lose!

As mentioned previously, one of the best tools for success on weight watchers is the support and motivation gained from meeting leaders, WW staff and fellow members. This is the best way to guarantee you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Armpocket {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for my first half-marathon (in two weeks!). One thing I can’t live without while I run is my phone, because it has both my music and my pace/distance apps on it, and without those my training runs are very tedious. But carrying my phone while I run is NOT an option, because I have a tendency to drop my phone. I had an armband for my old phone, but when I upgraded I was in need of a new one. I always seem to be carrying a million things while I run (keys, chapstick, a hanky to wipe my nose/sweaty face, water, etc.), so I thought I was going to need to buy one of those dorky runner fanny-packs. But, after doing some research for a new armband, lo and behold, Armpocket was invented to solve that very problem!

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Armpocket is exactly what it says: a “pocket” for your arm! It functions like any other armband except it has room inside to hold way more than just a phone. Armpocket makes seven different designs: the i-10, i-15, i-20, i-25, i-30, i-35 and Nighthawk. Each case is tailored to different phone size needs as well as stuff-carrying needs, and the Nighthawk features LED lighting on the sides for safety during late night or early morning activities. They all come in a variety of colors so you can choose how bold or bland you want to be.

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Each Armpocket comes with room for your phone, and they’ve accounted for space for a case. An elastic band with rubberized grips on it hold the phone in place in front. A touch control window covers the outside so you can still access your phone while it is in its case. Inside the case, there are two different stretchy pockets for holding things safely and securely.  Dual zippers close up the top so I know nothing is going to fall out. Did I mention that this thing is solidly constructed? There’s memory foam and moisture wicking designs on the back to ensure comfort and dryness. The strap is vented and perfectly stretchy to go around my arm and hold the Velcro in place. The Velcro is the kind that won’t catch on my clothes and ruin them, which is great because I hate when fabric gets those awful Velcro-pill marks.

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I decided to review the i-30 because I had a larger phone (Galaxy S3) and thought I would need to carry a lot of stuff. After using it for a while, I realize I probably could have gotten away with the i-20 or i-25, but I figure more room is better than less room, right? Plus, I don’t have a case on my phone yet (which I NEED, given my propensity to drop my phone), and that will take up some of the room I have in the case now.  That said, I still love it. I love that it holds all my stuff so I have less to carry and worry about while I run. It is comfortable and leaves me slightly drier than with my other armbands (I’m still a sweaty person, I can’t help that!). I have noticed that the band doesn’t stay up as well when I’m wearing a slippery, long-sleeved shirt, but it stays in place just fine against my bare skin.

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What’s also great about the Armpocket is that it is made from eco-friendly materials. The fabric is made from recycled plastic fibers and the back mesh and fabric strap edges are made from natural bamboo rayon. This is awesome because bamboo rayon is moisture-wicking and resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. I haven’t used my Armpocket long enough to notice, but I’m hoping this means it will be resistant to smelling after a few months (anyone else have that problem with their armbands or am I the only one?!?). But if it does get smelly, the instructions say you can machine wash it in cold water and hang it to dry, which I will do to hopefully prevent the odor issue even further.

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Armpocket armbands can be purchased at select sporting goods stores like REI or purchased online, but if you’re not sure which Armband to buy for your phone they have a helpful “Shop By Device” tab in which you select your phone and case size and they’ll suggest which armband will be best for you. There’s also a “Find Your Ultimate Armband” pull-down menu on the Home Page that will help you find the right Armpocket for you. Armpockets start at $19.99, which is a great price for the value! And right now, you can enter to receive an Armpocket of your choice for free!

Enter to win an Armpocket of your choice!

 

 

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of November 9th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Armpocket, but all opinions are strictly my own.

BodyMedia {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Every January, I get the blues. I think it’s the post-holiday slump, coupled with “cold” weather (Southern California doesn’t really get that cold, I’ll admit) plus a few extra pounds put on from too many holiday goodies. At the beginning of this year I was really unhappy with the way I felt about my body, so I decided to make a change. I started exercising more, tracking my calories and trying to make better choices, and as a result I lost  almost 15 pounds in about 5 months. Those last few pounds are the hardest and I still fluctuate from day-to-day, but I have definitely maintained my 10 pound weight loss and am struggling to work off those last 3-5. There are many tools to help with weight loss and maintenance, but one tool that has been helpful is the BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband.

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According to the BodyMedia website, “The BodyMedia system equips consumers with information they can use to make sweeping changes to their own health and wellness beginning with weight management” and “is proven to improve weight loss by 3 times versus behavioral support alone.” It also claims to be “the most accurate device in the market for measuring calorie burn.”

The BodyMedia FIT Armband is not just a pedometer, nor is it only a weight-loss tool, but it is a Fitness Tracker. It can help you set to goals to lose weight, maintain weight, or live a more active lifestyle without tracking your weight. BodyMedia’s armbands are the same bands used by the contestants on The Biggest Loser, so you know this is good technology! The armband features multiple sensors which monitor motion, steps, Galvanic skin response (how much you sweat), skin temperature and heat flux. All those sensors make it extremely reliable when it comes to an accurate count of your calories burned for the day. BodyMedia FIT makes the CORE Armband which can transmit your stats to an optional Display device, and the Wireless LINK Armband which connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth.

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I was sent the LINK Armband to review.  The Armband is adjustable and straps to your arm with a velcro closure. It mostly stayed put, but would occasionally slide off during heavy physical activity or if it had gotten moved around somehow (my daughter was usually the cause of this). It’s small for a fitness tracker, but sometimes felt large and out-of-place on my arm, especially when I was dressed up at church or out with friends. But overall, it’s not bad.

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The cool thing about the LINK is that you can download the free BodyMedia App on your smartphone and check your stats on the Activity Manager throughout the day. Definitely a cool feature, but because my phone is old and not very smart, I mostly relied on checking my stats at the end of the day, when the sensor was hooked up to the computer and was charging. I loved seeing how many calories I’d burned each day, even just from walking around. It was fascinating to see how many calories I burned on a Sunday, when all I did was walk around for a few hours, versus a Monday when I would run in the morning then go grocery shopping in the afternoon then play as a family that night. I kept it on at night so I could track my sleep, and it was really interesting to see how long it took me to fall asleep, or the times I would wake up in the middle of the night, though I had no record of being awake!  Both the CORE and LINK Armbands connect to various third-party apps for easier recording of workouts, goals and activities. Here’s what the Activity Manager page looks like:

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Overall, I liked the LINK Armband. It was helpful to see how hard I was working and to compare my days so I could work harder the next day. I had set a goal to lose 5 pounds in a month, and though I didn’t hit my goal, I do feel healthier and more in tune with my body. There are a ton of other cool features that I didn’t even get to use and don’t have time to mention, but it is safe to say that this Armband will help you to reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be. In order to access the online Activity Manager, you have to have a subscription, which is $6.95/month. However, a 3-month subscription is included with any purchase. The BodyMedia FIT Core Armband runs $119 and the LINK is $149, but if you buy right now, you can get 25% off! The BodyMedia FIT Armbands can be purchased online and at select retailers near you such as Target, Best Buy and Walgreens.  One lucky winner will receive a BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband for free!

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Enter to win a BodyMedia LINK Armband!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of September 23rd, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by BodyMedia, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Affirmats Yoga Mats {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Ahh, the power of yoga!  The first time I tried it, I thought it was kind of ridiculous!  I was a string-bean high school teenager, already quite flexible and on the cross-country team, so taking time out of my “busy” adolescent schedule to breathe deeply while holding a pose for over a minute seemed like a waste of my time and abilities.  Now I am singing quite a different tune!  I am NOT the stringy girl bursting with energy and attitude I once was.  I am a tired, not-so-flexible, energy-strained mom who longs for a little soul-searching moment of silence every once in a while!  Yoga is a saving grace!

Untitled-1At these times when I feel worn down by the weight of motherhood, and a little yoga is in order, a little positive message goes such a long way, and what a cute way to be told–on your yoga mat!  A little note of affirmation right at your feet!  Look at these charming mats from Affirmats!

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These charming mats are made from dark earth eco-pvc blended with biodegradable jute fiber.  This creates a terrific non-slip surface and a cozy comfy texture.  These measure 68″ x 24″–standard adult size, but a little wider than some mats I’ve used in the past.  Love that.  I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m balancing on a place mat.

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I love my mat!  The neutral, earthy color looks great with the bright pink!

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Look at these grippies!  This guy is completely non-slip, and surprisingly just as comfortable as thicker mats I’ve used in the past.

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Affirmats also makes towels with these positive messages.  How friendly and how nice to see right when you need a pick-me-up!

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I really like that these mats are eco-friendly and made from biodegradable jute.  There is just something fulfilling about feelings at one with Mother Earth while you’re standing on something made from the earth.

One lucky duck will win their own Affirmat!  (Sold for $64.00)

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Dandy Deal on the June 3rd Uprising!

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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Each week you are given different meal plans that you prepare yourself.  The meals are designed to burn fat and build muscle while you are doing the workouts.  Each day there’s a different workout (2 rest days a week) and the majority take less than 20 minutes to complete.  The workouts are done in circuits and designed to incorporate both cardio and weight training to really optimize your body’s fat burning potential.

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Rates start at just $10 a month, so that’s far less than your typical gym membership.  Plus, Nichole (a certified personal trainer) is also there to answer questions when you have them and it’s included in your membership.  Most gyms charge a hefty amount for access to your very own personal trainer, but with Revolt it comes FREE!

The next Uprising starts on June 3rd, so sign up today to be ready for Monday.  🙂

 

 

This is part of my affiliation with Revolt Fitness, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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