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It Works!

So y’all have heard me talk about the It Works stuff so I’m here to expand! I don’t have personal experience with all of the products…yet. But I can report back on the most popular! 

Greens: One word – awesome. With eight full servings of fruits and veggies and lots of other good stuff, it’s like a multivitamin on crack. But like…..good crack? Read more about Greens here and make sure to click the view ingredients link! It has several FAQ’s that are really informational. I add two scoops (a regular serving size) of the berry flavor to my morning protein smoothie! I have definitely noticed a change for the good in being more energized in the morning and throughout the day. After coming off of a bad cold, it’s hard not to feel healthy after that but Greens definitely helped get me over the hump and I honestly feel healthier than I have since before the cold gave me winter-long congestion. 

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Wraps: The ultimate body applicator is also awesome. Four wraps is a full process but I’ve only done one so I’m going to wait until I’ve done another one or two. My SIL pics were grainy so it was hard to see the results if you weren’t there but as a woman who looks awesome after having FIVE, yes that is 5, kids you know it’s gonna take a toll on your tummy! She said the wrap tightened her tum and felt firmer, woo! I gave her and my brother one each but I think she might finagle her way into using both 🙂 Below are several before/after pics and there are plenty more where that came from! Read more here

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Defining Gel: They recommend using this stuff in between wraps and may I say, it’s a good recommendation! My tum doesn’t look awesome yet but it looks a lot better than when I started! Definitely lives up to its name and tighten, tones and firms! More here

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Ultimate Fat Fighter: First of all, this stuff is only $23 (loyal customer price) so that’s awesome. Second, you know when you have a really delicious meal, healthy or not and you just feel overstuffed and gross? The fat fighter has carb inhibitors and this stuff from cacti that block some of the carbs and cals you intake. So you just poop it out later! Cool! Haha all jokes aside, this stuff is great! Although, don’t take it after a morning protein shake with a bunch of other awesome stuff…you don’t want anything good getting blocked! Plus with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you prob shouldn’t mess with breakfast. Read more heeeeere.

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I’m tired and have to cook chicken for this week’s food prep so since I just did my facial tonight, I’ll wait until tomorrow. Then I can tell you how this balsamic chicken turned out I’m about to make and inhale after or in between also doing an hour of yoga sometime tonight. This is what the dream is people. It’s not easy but it’s worth it! 

Here’s to livin’ the dream, 

Aud

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I THINK I’M STARTING TO SEE RESULTS!!!

I’ve been watching House of Cards this week so I haven’t updated as much as last – sorry I’m not sorry, that show is awesome and you should check it out if you haven’t already.

ANYWAYS….

So I looked in the mirror yesterday morn and was like, “oh hey girl, you’re looking pretty good!” I don’t think it’s enough for others to notice yet (they say it takes 4 weeks for you to notice, 8 weeks for your close friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice or something like that – rude but I guess it makes sense!) but I’m feeling good! I think it has to do with my overall attitude too. I’ve had more energy and been happy that I’m making these awesome changes and I think that is reflected when I look in the mirror now. Making these changes has helped me gain confidence and a better attitude!

So the lesson from that is…keep on keeping on! Every single decision I’ve made the past month hasn’t been perfect, I’ve eaten pizza, I’ve missed a day of exercise here and there but overall I have been making better decisions, healthier choices, progress in my workouts, etc. Don’t give up if you don’t see results right away. Pay attention to how you’re feeling too. If you’re feeling good, the results will come!

Here’s a pic of the awesome breakfast protein smoothies I’ve been drankin’ for some motivation!

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

OMG HEALTH. So filling & delicious! I drink one of these babies on the way to work in the morning (done by 8:30am) and I’m good until lunch at 1pm.

I’ll be posting about It Works stuff next, I love the greens, fat fighters, wraps, defining gel and I’m trying a facial tomorrow woooo! This stuff is not meant to take place of a healthy diet and exercise, but I am not above a little help along the way! I’ll post about my personal experience with the stuff as well as lots of pictures and a blog post from a personal trainer about why he offers his clients It Works! They really do have something for everyone for every part of your healthy journey!

I think I am going to take Stella for a walk tomorrow so also check back for some awesome photos from that shindig…

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

How NOT to Cook…..

So when you’re trying to incorporate different foods into your diet, it’s probably best you follow a recipe…unlike myself who thought I could just be a chef without any training.

Asparagus: I put some olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a glass baking dish with dried onion bits and “roasted” them in the oven for about 15 min. at 400 degrees. These actually didn’t turn out too bad, I would even go as far to say they were good but they weren’t great. They were a little bland but I had gotten home late so I was trying to do something quick and easy. 

Protein cereal: This one was definitely not a good choice. Unsweetened almond milk +  Special K = not a bad quick breakfast (I really am the worst at getting anything substantial done in the morning). However..when you try to add vanilla protein powder to the milk then add the cereal, the consistency is gross and it doesn’t taste all that great. 

So…today’s tip is plan ahead and get a recipe before hand! Or make sure you have a back up plan when your first attempt goes awry. Thankfully I had my greens to supplement some healthiness into my morning! PHEW.

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

Day 1 – Week 1

To help keep myself on track for my yearly goals, I am going to start making weekly goals!

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times this week! I’ve been going to the gym on and off for about a month but I need to stay consistent. 
  2. Only eat out a max 2X this week. It kinda sucks cooking for one, just throwing it out there! I do love to cook once I get going but it’s a pain in the ass to figure out how much food will be too much and by the time I get home it’s already 7pm or later and I don’t want to cook for an hour and eat at eight. But those are also just excuses…. awkward…. So through this whole thing, I will be trying out new recipes and ways to cook ahead of time and try to get on track with cooking at home (and therefore saving $$$ too!).
  3. Get my business page thing up and running. Remember when I said I had just taken on a new money making opportunity? Well an ole’ friend from summer camp reached out to me about this health and wellness company, It Works! I know I use a lot of exclamation points but that one is actually part of the logo so get used to it. Moving on…I was skeptical at first but she talked me into it and now I’m in it so I need to embrace the opportunity and make the most of it! The more I hear and learn about their products, the more I’m hooked so bear with me friends! I will report my progress and such with the different products on this here blog too, so if you ever see or hear anything you’d like more information about, let me know!
  4. Drink smarter, not more. Usually I only go out about one weekend night a week and I try to stick to vodka/soda but sometimes there are shots (especially Fireball, a personal fav) and one night out can end up costing a LOT of calorie so if I do go out this weekend, I will do my best to stick to the basics!
  5. Apply for five jobs. It’s no secret that I’ve been (slowly but surely!) trying to find a job back in MI. I really do enjoy my current job and I’ve grown to like it even more but I would like to eventually get back to muh roots! Despite the ups and downs, I will never look at my time in Memphis as a bad thing and I’ve come to love the city. But as they say, “there’s no place like home!” As I’m sure most of you know, trying to find a job is a long and grueling process. Updating your resume, linkedin, writing a cover letter for every position you want to apply for, googling your name to make sure nothing bad pops up, you get it. Another painful but necessary task of life!

It’s actually been an eye opening and confidence boosting process for me. Having to think back at all that I’ve accomplished in the past few years has allowed me to step outside of the box and look at it from an outside perspective so that’s cool!

Stay tuned for some tips!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud