How-To Feel and Look Your Best on Valentine’s Day

Be Mine

Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day? Have you realized that you haven’t gotten rid of your holiday weight yet? Maybe you haven’t stuck to a few of your New Year’s Resolutions, one being hitting the gym the way you planned. Yea, uh huh…I see you, girl.

Luckily, there are a few options you can try to, at least, help you feel and look better the day of. I’m no expert but I have had instant bloat reduction within a 24-48 hour span. I’m something like a superhero. ;)
(*But seriously, I’m not a doctor. I just know what works for me. So consult your physician or a dietitian before starting any form of diet or exercise. All I’m doing is gathering the information that I’ve collected over time and combining it here to make it easier for you to find.)
Additionally, I firmly believe that a clean, well-balanced daily life change or “diet” is the best way to keep you healthy and maintained. But, realistically, everyone isn’t able or willing to do it that way. So these are a few tricks that will, hopefully, help you look your best on Valentine’s day. 

NYE Hangover? I’ve Got a Cure For You!

After a full night of fun last night, maybe New Year’s Eve got the best of you. After counting down to midnight, hitting the bottle a little too hard, you’re lying in bed wishing you were dead, promising you’re never going to drink again, right?

Haven’t we all been there? Not that I’m super experienced or anything, BUT I have a tip or two that will help you feel partway normal again; instead of hung-over.

First and foremost, the Oil Pulling Method is my favorite. I discovered it about two years ago for general health purposes. I tried it once after a VERY long night out (Don’t judge me. I’m trying to help you, here) and was kind of surprised with how much my hangover had subsided. Basically you grab an oil, about a cap or spoonful, and gently swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. Spit it out. And, viola, there you have it! I usually drink about half a glass or so of water afterwards. Click the link above for a quick how-to and to learn about all of the benefits of Oil Pulling from one of my favorite natural product guru’s heyfranhey.

I use Coconut oil because I always have it handy, but you can use others as well. Fran uses Sesame oil because it works best for her. Try it with a few different oils and see which one works best for you.

That’s really all I have guys! But it works so well I don’t necessarily need anything else. There are other things I’ve tried like drinking a bottle or at least half of Kombucha tea. If you haven’t heard of Kombucha by now you should get very acquainted with it…like right now. It’s really good for you and great for balancing your Alkaline, which will help you regain that balanced feeling again. And lastly, drink tons of water every day. Drink about half of your body weight in ounces. The more hydrated you are the better your body will deal with your alcohol consumption.

My girls Karina and Katrina over at Tone It Up! have a more in-depth video about this very topic. You can check that out by clicking the link. Love them!

Hope this helps you a little. Or a lot. Let me know by leaving a comment below.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wishing you many blessings, love and successes in 2014!



Not Another Holiday Food Post

Christmas Dinner
The fooood! It’s so irresistible. Unless you have no soul. Then you are a hungry, soulless being with a sad excuse of leathery skin for an outer shell. And I pity you. 

For everyone who has a soul, it’s hard to say no. And for people like me it’s hard to say no to the second and/or third plate as well. I do not take any shame in admitting this. It’s my favorite time of year for a few reasons. The food is high on the list. 


There are a ton of blogs that will give you in-depth descriptions of what to do and not do to avoid certain “bad” habits during holiday meals. Heck, I’ll even post a few below that I COMPLETELY agree with. But that’s not what you’re going to get from me. Not today.

I want you to enjoy yourself. Eat. Absolutely. Positively. Everything. Go for that 3rd plate and 2nd+ piece of pecan pie if you feel like it. And DON’T feel bad about it. I’m going to go ahead and throw YOLO at you one time and move on. 
Seriously, don’t torture yourself by saying “No” when you really mean, “Ok, maybe a little piece.” 
No substitutes, none of that eat white meat instead of dark meat crap. Don’t cut down on the dressing because of carbs. Don’t be that way to yourself. It’s really, really mean.
If you bust your butt every other day of the year, or at least most of them,don’t feel ashamed that you ate at least half of the turkey by yourself. You may sleep for an eternity, but you will be happy.
Still can’t let go and enjoy yourself? Eat a salad first. fill up on vegetables and then finish it off with the other, much more enjoyable, delectable goodies. Use this as fuel for your post Holiday workout. Drink a detox smoothie/juice, etc. Eat your leftovers in smaller portions. THERE ARE OPTIONS PEOPLE. But, by all means, indulge the day of.

At this point I believe you’ve caught what I’ve been throwing. Eat that pie, dressing, mac and cheese. Don’t count your calories…don’t kid yourself. After you wake up from your food coma, plan your workout for the next day. Go hard on the cardio and make sure you hit the weights hard. Train whatever area is your favorite. [My favorite is legs/glutes.] And by hit hard, I mean, go at it like it stole something. Your holiday dinner will fuel you…or make you pass out…so…ya know…don’t go alone, just in case…buddy system.
All jest aside, give yourself a break, don’t beat yourself up, relax and enjoy your time and allow your belly to enjoy it as well. Don’t you think that you deserve that much?
Not what you’re looking for? Didn’t like my idea?
Look below. And hold tight for New Years “Resolution” Posts. Trust me, they’re coming. 
Happy Holidays, xoxo

LifeTrak C200 – Fitness Watch Review

‘Tis the season!

And the season is fast approaching. On every Christmas and secret Santa list I receive, I’ve been writing, Fitbit Force, on all of them. I was determined to get one.

One day while browsing through Marshalls, I stumbled upon this LifeTrak Core C200 for $30.




It happened to be the only one they had and it was white. Kismet? Kismet, is what they call it.  Continue reading

You Can Do It

I started running again approximately 8 weeks ago. When I’m not running I work-out, infiltrating cardio into most work-outs. But running can be exhilarating and quite relieving especially if you’ve had a stressful day.

To be honest it’s not the easiest form of cardio there is, and to be even more honest, I do not enjoy it, about 40% of the time. But, I do mostly enjoy the challenge, and the way I feel after I’ve finished a good run. I had time to kill and being active is my favorite way to kill it. So I just did it; I started running.
I’ve put together a list of tips that have helped me along the way:
  1. SHOES – MUY Importante. You’re going to need the right shoes. Go to a running store and talk to the sales associates to find something that fits your needs.
  2. Stretch – Before and After. When I started running again, I had a lot of knee pain, especially in my left knee. Come to find out, I wasn’t stretching correctly. And I wasn’t stretching or warming up before I ran at all. A series of stretches really aided that issue. Start out with dynamic stretching, to loosen the muscles up and to keep your joints on track and to most importantly prevent injury. End it with some Static stretching after an adequate cool down to relieve the tension that built up and prevent your muscles from hardening. Click here for a video on stretching to avoid knee pain.
  3. BREATH – The single most important thing that you will ever learn is to breathe. I follow a rhythmic 2-2 breathing pattern, alternating from time to time with a 3-2 pattern. That’s 2 steps while breathing in and 2 steps breathing out or 3 steps while breathing in and 2 breathing out. Focus on your breath. It pays off big time in the end.
  4. Start slow – You can pick up the pace after your heart rate climbs.
  5. Take shorter strides – I fail at this miserably, still. I start off running like I have a baton in my hand and I’m the last leg in a relay. Then I’m exhausted only 10 minutes into the run. So, try to remember this little tip, you’ll run longer.
  6. You have to want to do it – To be quite frank some days are better than others, physically, mentally, emotionally. And if I can’t run more than one mile without feeling like I’m going to pass out, then I’ll run/speed-walk the remainder, and I’ll add more distance, to make up for what I feel like I’ve missed. But the next day I can sometimes get through all 4 miles without a problem. But, I don’t beat myself up if I can’t push through it for just one day.
  7. Lastly – Eat right. Clean eating is the best way to enhance any work-out routine, and drink water. Sports drinks are OK, but water is best. You can add fruit to flavor water if you don’t like plain water. If you’re running a lot, burning a lot of calories, you’re going to have to eat a lot of calories to keep you going. Your body needs nourishment!
I hope this helps!
Happy Trails!
If I missed anything, leave a comment below.