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Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slimdown

I’ve been following the inspiring ladies of Tone It Up for years. I’ve done their Bikini Series countless times, workout challenges, bought product bundles, and used their nutrition plan. But one of my favorite challenges of theirs is the 7 Day Slimdown. It’s a great, easy, clean program that you can do before an event, photo shoot, or just as a healthy reset. Plus it’s only 7 days long which is much less intimidating than an 8 week challenge!

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You can check out more about the Tone It Up 7 Day Slimdown here. Below are my favorite parts of the program and the things that I’ve seen the most benefit from during the occasions that I’ve done it.

  • Increase water consumption – I’m a thirsty girl and I’m usually pretty good about drinking my H20. That being said, it’s always good to have some encouragement.
  • Limit salt – I am a confessed salt junkie. Their recommendation during this 7 days is to reduce the amount of salt you’re adding to your food to help with water retention and bloating.
  • Daily cardio – A big part of their recommendations is to do some cardio daily. I actually really enjoy this part, it really gets your body nice and tired so you sleep well!
  • Cut starchy carbs – Lots of fruits and veggies, always, but start limiting starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, oats, and cereal to help reduce bloat a few days before an event or photo shoot.
  • Ab-Solutely – Do a 5-10 minute ab burner every day. You can find great ones on the Tone It Up website.

And last, but not least, a spray tan or sunless tanner is a GREAT way to look slim and toned in just minutes!

Tell me – Have YOU tried the 7 day slim down?

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Wireless Headphones Review | JLab vs Jaybird

I just got my second pair of wireless headphones and couldn’t help but start comparing the two pairs.

This review will be comparing the Jaybird X3 and the JLab Audio Epic2 wireless headphones. 

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{Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones}

Jaybird X3 In-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones:

  • Cost: $129
  • Pros: These are extremely noise canceling, best headphones I’ve worn in that respect. They’re also very snug. Perhaps too snug. There are different sizes so you can adjust the snugness. The volume and music clarity are also great. I can confirm that running in these babies is no problem and they have a clip so that you can attach it to the back of your shirt or sports bra if you’re bouncing too much.
  • Cons: These don’t have a great battery life and drop down to 80% almost immediately upon use. They do charge pretty quickly though so that helps offset the charge life. I keep them in the little pouch and the charger fits into any USB port, so they’re not too cumbersome to recharge.

 

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{JLab Audio Epic2}

JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Earbuds:

  • Cost: $100
  • Pros: Good battery life. Adjustable length and multiple sizes for ear comfort.
  • Cons: These are the over-the-ear style headphones, which I hadn’t actually realized when I ordered them. They don’t stay in well for running as a result, but are fine for walking or weight lifting/gym workouts. Too much bouncing just doesn’t work well with them. The music quality is pretty good, but not as good as the JayBirds.

Overall, I’m happier with the JayBirds, despite the shorter battery life.

Do YOU have a favorite pair of headphones?

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Getting Fit | What You May Not Know

In Part I of Getting FitKickstarting a Healthier Lifestyle – I talked about some tips for starting, or restarting, your healthy living journey. Today I’m going to be telling you a few things that you may not know yet about what may happen when you start on this new lifestyle.

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It Takes Time – We live in an age of instant gratification. You can have your food delivered, have a car arrive at your front door, or even have online orders delivered within minutes. But the truth about getting healthier is that it takes time. And there’s no crash diet or workout routine or magic pill or drink that will circumvent that time.

Weight Isn’t Everything – This tip is a two-parter. First, building lean muscle can result in gaining, not losing, weight. It may seem counterintuitive that you’re gaining weight as you get healthier, but it’s a natural side effect. Don’t be alarmed and don’t skip weight training out of fear of weight gain. And second – Don’t weigh yourself daily. That’s more likely to increase your stress, make you feel like the process is hopeless, or even lead to disordered behaviors. Instead, try taking progress photos or measurements that you can review every few weeks or once a month. That’ll show you the progress you’re making without letting yourself get upset about (completely normal) daily fluctuations in weight.

You’ll Eat More – When you workout more, you eat more. The key is to reach for healthy, whole food-based meals and try to get protein in each meal. Don’t think that because you worked out, you can reward yourself with a pizza or takeout or ice cream. Remember – You can’t out train a bad diet.

The Bloat Is REAL – One of the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle is cutting out processed foods and increasing your consumption of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. And while that helps your body get the micronutrients that you need, it can also lead to bloating. One way to help with the bloating is to ease into whole foods little by little. Another tip is to increase your water intake.

You’ll Need to Shop – While gaining muscle and losing fat are wonderful things, they can often mean a shift in your body type and proportions. Which means clothes that you love or that have always fit, may no longer be comfortable. Rather than seeing it as a bad thing or being frustrated that you can’t wear anything but yoga pants, you can set a challenge and reward yourself with some much-needed shopping.

Dry Shampoo is Life – My sweaty sisters out there will already know this, but once you amp up your workouts, you’ll find that your hair can be a bit of a mess. You’re not going to wash your hair daily or restyle it after every workout – Enter dry shampoo!

Do YOU have any tips for people working on getting fit?

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Post-Workout Beauty Hacks

As someone who very regularly leaves the office midday for a workout or a run, I thought I’d share some of the post-gym beauty hacks I’ve learned over the years.

While I’ve definitely returned to my desk with a bright red glowing face after a grueling run, for the most part adequate preparation and a few minutes of pampering is enough to get you back at work looking fabulous.

Packing:

Whether you have a locker, a gym bag, or just a giant handbag, having the right products on hand is important. So save those Sephora & Nordstrom samples, they’re the perfect size!

Cleaning:

I always take a COLD shower after a workout. Especially after a run since I’m prone to ending up with a red face. The cold water not only feels amazing, but helps cool off your body and reduce redness.

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Skin Care & Makeup:

I hate hate hate piling on makeup after a sweat session. Not only does my skin feel radiant afterwards, but the products also just slide right off.

So I keep Josie Maran Bare Naked Argan Wipes at the ready to clean up any messes, my Laura Mercier  Secret Camouflage compact for touching up under the eyes {my problem area for sure}, super moisturizing lip balm, and last but not least deodorant.

I also have sunscreen in my bag for when I do midday runs. I apply Algenist Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 around 5am each morning, but reapply with Algenist Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 before a 12pm run.

Hair:

My two hair tricks are (1) Make sure you have hair ties & sporty headbands on hand for during and after a workout, and (2) DRY SHAMPOO.

Note: You want hair ties that don’t kink your mane, I’m a huge fan of France Luxe’s line of non-damaging L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponies. You can find them in my bathroom, my desk, my purse, and my gym locker!

Seriously, if you workout as often as I do, you know that the struggle is real to follow your stylist’s “don’t wash your hair everyday” commandment. Enter dry shampoo. My favorites are Kevin Murphy, L’Oreal, and Macadamia Dry Shampoo.

What’s YOUR favorite post-gym beauty hack?

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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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