Trainer Tote

Hey guys! So, I’m all about people trying to get healthy through whatever means it takes. Most people do better with guidance and/or motivation by other people. This subscription can get you on the right track. Trainer Tote was started by Emily Ruffino, a Certified Personal Trainer with a Bachelor of Science degree focusing on Nutrition. Emily has over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, Emily Ruffino designed Trainer Tote with you in mind. Before becoming a full-time mom, Emily was a Personal & Group Trainer, Fitness Director, & owner of her own wellness company. After working with hundreds of clients to successfully reached their fitness goal, she’s using her knowledge and experience to help thousands.

Trainer tote is a monthly subscription box that includes: new workouts with new workout equipment included, menus, recipes, and access to her Facebook accountability group where she teaches seminars an has coaching sessions, Q&A’s and MORE! Healthy snacks are also included in each box!

I’m excited to try my May Trainer Tote box and will be able to show you throughout the month the benefits of subscribing! You can view my video below to see what all came in my May box! To get your own box, use code: STUNNINGLYSOUTHERN5 and receive $5 off your box! Be sure to follow @TrainerTote on Instagram and see her website:  https://trainertote.com/.

First Trimester Maternity Workout Routine

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Hi everyone!  I have planned to do several fitness-related posts for pregnant women because I know first-hand how important it is to keep yourself in shape and healthy all throughout your pregnancy.  If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, I sincerely hope you can gain something from these!

It has been extremely difficult for me to feel great during my first trimester of this second pregnancy because of the medicine that I have been on to help me maintain my pregnancy and prevent a miscarriage.  My doctor has had me on progesterone suppositories ever since my very first doctor’s appointment and they have left me feeling like a hot mess!  Side effects of this medicine (in my case) have been the following: severe nausea, some vomiting, extreme fatigue/exhaustion, mood swings, and the list goes on.  AKA – I have never felt so poorly in all 29 years of my life!  The nausea has left me with zero appetite.  It makes me cringe to say this because I am normally a fairly healthy eater, but I’ll admit I had to eat terribly during my first trimester to basically survive.  I got to where I couldn’t cook, clean dishes, open the refrigerator, or walk into my pantry without spending the next 5 minutes dry heaving.  Yes, it was that bad.  I basically wanted to eat popcorn, chips, cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and French fries.  I am so embarrassed to say that because I ate HORRIBLY for about two months.  Luckily, now that I am in my 13th week of pregnancy and the nausea has begun to fade I am getting back on track with my daily diet.

Although I ate like complete crap during my first trimester, I still managed to workout for around 30 minutes/day, 5-6 days/week.  This is the ONLY thing that kept me from completely falling off the deep end for almost two months.  Working out gave me energy when I thought I was going to literally fall out.  It also helped ease my nausea at times when I thought I couldn’t take any more and wanted to crawl in a hole and sleep until it faded.  Working out not only helped with what I listed above, I know that I am doing great things for myself and for my unborn child.  Take it from me who has been through a long, exhausting labor; keeping your body in shape while you are pregnant will help your labor and delivery go by MUCH more smoothly than it would have otherwise.  With  my first child, I went into labor two weeks early and stayed in labor for HOURS.  I’m talking all Sunday night through mid-Monday morning.  Not to mention, I pushed for 3 hours.  3 freaking hours!  I was in great shape with my last pregnancy, but thank God I was because had I not been, that delivery would have probably ended up in a C-section.  Now, I’m not hating on those of you who have had C-sections.  I understand they happen, but that’s not how I wanted to have my baby.  I got through labor and delivery, had my baby, and was out on a walk with my family 2-3 days later.

With all of this being said, it is better for you and your baby if you get moving during your pregnancy!  Always talk to your doctor before you begin a workout regimen, but I guarantee you that you are better off doing SOMETHING rather than nothing at all.  The general rule of thumb is to stick with what you were already doing BEFORE you got pregnant.  SO, here is what my workouts look like!

My Maternity Workout Routine

Monday: Whitney’s Maternity Workout w/Weights.  This is a workout that I came up with that I will share with you in the future!

Tuesday: Run 2 miles.  I cut this down from 3 miles because I didn’t want to overdo it.

Wednesday: Autumn Calabrese’s “Active Maternity” workout from BeachBody OnDemand.  If you want more info on this program or any Beachbody program, e-mail me at StunninglySouthern@gmail.com.

Thursday: Run 2 miles.

Friday: Rest day or Whitney’s Maternity Workout w/Weights.

Saturday: Run 2 miles.

Sunday: Rest day or Autumn Calabrese’s “Active Maternity” workout program.

I have absolutely LOVED the “Active Maternity” workout program on Beachbody OnDemand! Autumn makes it fun AND it’s Beachbody.  You all know how much I love my Beachbody programs!

I put together a little workout demo of a few of the moves from “Active Maternity”.  If you have any questions about Beachbody or the programs, e-mail me at StunninglySouthern@gmail.com or visit my personal Beachbody website here.

Feeling Your Best In 2016

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The year is now 2016!  Can you believe that?  Aside from the fact that I officially feel old as dirt now that I am over 10 years graduated from high school, and I’m also officially in the year that I turn 30, I’m pretty excited about this year!  There is something about January 1 that literally brings life to me every single time!  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s the calendar literally starting over again that makes me feel as though I have some sort of fresh start.  Anyway, that may all sound silly but I like to have an “official” fresh start every now and then.

I can see all over social media that the *New Year’s Resolutions* are now in full swing.  You know what, I think it’s great.  People make fun of other people for making them, but I think everyone needs some kind of goal.  If it takes the calendar rolling over to January 1 to force people to set their sights high, let it happen all day long!  Like I have mentioned in the past, I set a fitness goal for myself my sophomore year in high school and have stuck with it ever since then.  Needless to say, I have pretty much been a fitness junkie the majority of my life.  Because being healthy has been such a big part of my life and I have personally witnessed the benefits of it, I would love nothing more than to see the entire human population change their own lives around!  If more people were healthy, I truly believe the world would be a better place…TRULY!

With all of that being said, if you’re new year’s resolution involved becoming a healthier individual, try allowing these simple tips below guide you along the way.

1. IT’S NOT ABOUT SEEING HOW “SKINNY” YOU CAN GET

  • The only thing worse that letting yourself completely go by eating and drinking everything without exercising is doing the opposite – starving yourself to look like the photoshopped version of that Victoria’s Secret model in your catalog on your kitchen counter.  If you have seen what anorexia leads to, you know it’s not pretty.  Anorexia leads to hair loss, organ failure, and the list goes on.  I had to learn a long time ago that my body is not ever going to be exactly like everyone else’s.  There are people out there that will have narrower shoulders than you, a smaller waist, a thigh gap and they eat like a horse!  It’s genetics!  This is just one of those things that we women get caught up in and it does nothing but bring disappointment.
  • It’s not about seeing how skinny you can get.  That is an unhealthy mindset to have.  It is about being the healthiest you can be *in your own skin*.  God made you GORGEOUS in your own way and he made you just the way he wanted you to be.  Take that into consideration when you start to freak out that your waist isn’t 23″ around, but your best friend’s is.

2. DON’T GO ON A “DIET”. THEY DON’T WORK.

  • I despise the word “diet” more than anything in the world.  Why?  Because they don’t work.  You can say, “well it worked for me” all you want, but did you eventually go on another “diet” within a few years after your first one?  Once you hit your goal, which by the way most likely revolved around #1 on my list, did you gain 5 pounds or more within the year and a half following your diet?  Yeah, see, diets aren’t how you change your lifestyle, they get you “skinny” quick.  You end up gaining it back (usually pretty easily) and have to put yourself back on another one to lose the extra fat you packed on from your diet.  Do you know someone like this?  I know a few.  Perpetual dieters that fluctuate their entire lives with their weight.
  • Instead of trying a diet where you cut out carbs or whatever it is that you cut out, try to exhibit self-control.  A well-balanced diet is always healthiest.  Well-balanced means a little of each food group.  It is even OK to eat junk food occasionally!  I’ll go ahead and tell you because I’m not ashamed.  I am 5’7-5’8 and 120 lbs.  I have been between 118-122 literally since high school.  The only time I was heavier was when I was pregnant with my 2 year old.  I actually have to try to stay above 120 lbs because anything less is considered “underweight” for a girl my height.  Do I diet?  Heck no!  I eat pretty much everything.  I try to cook healthy, but I also allow myself burgers, fries, ice cream, pizza, and Mexican food on a weekly basis.  I try not to eat bad every meal, but you can bet your bottom dollar I have at least one “cheat” food every day.  It’s not genetics either.  There was a point in my life before I started working out that I would average about 125 -128 lbs.  Incorporating a fitness routine and healthier food options into my life helped me get to be the healthiest I can be.

3. EXERCISE

  • I’m sorry, but you gotta do it!  If you don’t incorporate some sort of fitness routine into your life, you will never be the healthiest you can be.  Exercise helps you feel better about yourself!  People that workout are happier, they have better cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI… ya’ll the list goes on.
  • If you like working out with other people, try a group class!  There are endless classes out there that will knock you into shape.  If you enjoy working out with other people I would go this route instead of just hitting the gym with a friend because most likely you and your friend won’t get too much done without some guidance.
  • Try a Beachbody fitness program!  Yes, I am a Beachbody coach!  Somehow, I still have friends and family members that don’t realize this.  Beats me!  Beachbody fitness programs have literally allowed me to transform my body into exactly what I wanted.  Not to mention, they are fun!  There is even a program for pregnant women that is amazing!  If you are interested in trying a program, ask me anything you want about them because I have dabbed a little in each of them.
  • Like I said, just do something.  15 minutes of walking is better than sitting on your couch being a couch potato!
4. GET PLENTY OF REST
  • This is huge!  Don’t stay up any later than you have to.  Just don’t do that to your body.  You need your 8 hours of sleep.  Your BODY needs it.  People that go to bed at a decent hour and get 8 hours of sleep are most definitely healthier and happier.  If this is something that you have trouble with, do everything in your power to change it!

5. INCLUDE TIME FOR YOUR FAMILY

  • Make time out of your day for God and for your family.  Your family is there to support you.  Don’t be so busy that you forget to include them.  When you are home, BE WITH your husband or wife and your kids.  Get off of your phone.  I have had to tell myself that lately which is why I haven’t posted as much.  Your family is there for you when nobody else will be.  Love them.

I hope you enjoyed this post and most importantly, I hope that 2016 blesses you with endless JOY!

MUCH LOVE!

 

Staying Healthy During The Holidays

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We all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas is a time when most people overindulge! We tend to do this because, well, there are family and friend gatherings every weekend; sometimes even twice per weekend! As fun as these are, the overabundance of food and “Christmas cheer” (if you know what I mean) tend to have us looking and feeling like we just put on our “Freshman 15” all over again!  Am I right, or am I right?  We will just call it our “Christmas 15”!  Because of the extra five, ten, or maybe even 15 pounds we pack back on during the holiday season, we end up having to work that much harder to get our bodies back by the time Spring AKA SWIMSUIT SEASON rolls back around! I mean, we all want to look like Behati Prinsloo Levine, Candice Swanepoel, and Sara Sampaio in our bikinis right? Well, I’ll keeping dreaming with that one, but you get my drift…

I have put together a list of 5 of the main habits that I have formed throughout the years to help me get through the holidays without gaining my “Christmas 15”!

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1. EXERCISE

  • I know, bla bla bla you don’t want to or have time to, right?  I hate to break it to you, but unless you literally work at your job for 24 hours/day, 7 days/week OR have 50 kids without anyone in the world to watch them beside you for 30 min/day, you have time to work out.  Sorry =).  No sympathy here!  Like I mentioned several times before in my blog, I have been in situations where my only time I had to workout was at 5:00 in the morning.  Guess what?  I don’t like 5:00 either, but I got my booty up and did it!
  • To make it through the holiday season, you must exercise.  Unless you are a genetic freak of nature, you will gain weight with all of the added calories that this time of year brings.  You’re all intellectual individuals – you know this! =)

2. DRINK WATER NONSTOP

  • It is totally OK to drink soft drinks, juice, and alcohol every now and then!  Just don’t do it all day long, everyday.
  • If you want a Coke, drink it but let that be your one and only pass for the day.  This goes for everything!  Juice and alcohol included.  Choose one guilty pleasure and let that be it for that day!
  • Drink water out of bottles or water canisters all day, everyday!  This will help you fill up to where you won’t want to eat that entire cheeseball at your grandma’s house!

3. TASTE EVERYTHING

  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and every single day in between doesn’t give you a pass to eat the 40 Christmas cookies that people keep bringing to your office and house!
  • Taste it all!  Eat a few bites of everything!  I mean, it IS the holiday season!  Yes, taste it all but please Dear Lord don’t eat the biggest portion in the family!
  • During the holidays, I try everything that is put in front of me.  Really, I do.  I just know my boundaries.  If you don’t know yours, just take a few bites of everything.  Better yet, install a health tracker on your phone and type everything in!

4. DESSERT – Ah yes, this one is tricky

  • Allow yourself 5 small bites, then put it away.  I’m sorry, but dessert will get you QUICK.  Those jeans will be entirely too small in no time if you consume that entire slice of pie the 100 times that it will be offered to you during the holiday season.
  • I know, it’s tough!  By the way, you aren’t depriving yourself by not eating the entire slice I can promise you that.  There will be way more desserts available throughout the holidays.  Just TASTE IT, and don’t lose your figure!  If you overindulge, you WILL regret it later.

5. COCKTAILS AKA Christmas Cheer

  • Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas parties, weddings…. The list goes ON!  The holidays are a time where a LOT of alcohol is served.  College kids are out of school and partying nonstop.  Your body has the potential to literally BLOW UP because of alcohol overindulgence alone (if you’re a drinker).
  • Alcohol will put weight on you in a heartbeat.  My recommendation – sip, and I mean SIP on a wine or straight liquor drink “on the rocks” or straight up.  If you attend several parties during the holiday season where alcohol is involved, this is your best bet.
  • Drink in moderation!!  Sip throughout the night on one or two drinks!  CHEERS!
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I hope these tips can help get you through the rest of the Christmas season leaving you happy AND healthy!  Let me know if you have any questions about anything in particular!  I am always happy to help!
Much Love To You And MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Runway Ready

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Hey y’all! I haven’t posted an actual blog post in a while, right?  Before long, I’ll post updates on what has been going on!  For now, I have something SO very fun to share with you!

It is so nice to meet others out there with the same interests and hobbies as myself!  I was so honored when this beauty and fellow blogger/fitness enthusiast, Caitlyn Milligan with Milligan Movement blog, asked me to join her in creating a 5 day fitness guide to getting “Runway Ready” for the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airing Tuesday, December 8, 2015!  Of course I said yes!  I love meeting new people and I LOVE the VS Fashion Show!  So, during Thanksgiving break while I was already visiting my family on the MS Gulf Coast, I took an afternoon and drove to one of my favorite places, New Orleans, Louisiana to meet Caitlyn!  Saying that we had a blast is a complete understatement!  I only wish we didn’t live hundreds of miles away from each other!

So, what’s all of this about?  Well, Caitlyn and I teamed up to bring you a guide to go by to get, well, “Runway Ready” before you watch the VS Fashion Show!  Here’s how it will go…

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Day 1: Legs For Days! Aka – Leg Day.  We will have several workouts for your legs that you can try for yourself!

Day 2: Sleek Arms/Shoulders Workout.  Get the perfectly sculpted arms and shoulder fit to walk the runway!

Day 3: Inner thighs/seat Day.  All VS angels have a nice behind, right!?  Work yours out through our guide!

Day 4: Take a boxing class!  What girl doesn’t enjoy that?  Boxing classes help every angel get their perfectly sculpted physique!

Day 5: Supermodel Abs!  Ladies, this is ab day.  You will work hard, but you will be glad you did!

Day 1 will start tomorrow so rest up, relax and look forward to working out with us tomorrow!

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Sideways French Twist + A Thought For Today

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Hey Ladies!  I figured I would add something positive to the internet world today by adding a cute little hair tutorial for you beautiful ladies to try out.  At the end of this tutorial, I’ll add my little thought of the day on…you guessed it… Ashley Madison.  If you want to skip my thoughts on that dreaded topic, go right ahead and end your read at my YouTube video of my tutorial.  Oh and thank you “MCTY” for my fabulous top. You know who you are ;).  Enjoy!

Side French Ponytail – (If you know of a way to make my YouTube videos clearer, please let me know.  I have been taking them on my phone which is probably the problem, but if there is something I can do on the YouTube side – would love to know!)

This style is excellent for unwashed hair!  Here are the steps!

  1. Put dry shampoo in your hair then curl with a curling iron on lowest heat.
  2. Take all of your hair to one side of your head and tie off with a ponytail holder.
  3. Open up your hair above the ponytail holder and put the hair on the bottom over and bring through.
  4. Pull ponytail holder tight, then pull apart the hair in the twist.
  5. Pull out all of the pieces that you want and your done!


My Thought of the Day on Ashley Madison

Those of you that know me, know that one of my worst fears aside from something happening to my child or husband is being married with kids and being cheated on.  I’m sure many married men and women can relate.  Because of that fear for myself, the events that have happened due to the Ashley Madison hack have been heavy on my mind and my heart.  I am one of those individuals that will hear about something terribly tragic and it will literally keep me up at night.  Some of these things include: people I know or know of dying, cancer, wars overseas, politics, even thinking about countries that hate Americans keep me up at night!  I get caught up in the emotion of what other people are going through and feel, while imagining what I would feel in each of those situations and it ends up weighing so heavily on my heart.

My initial thought when my husband told me about the hack was, “Good!  That’s exactly what those idiots deserve!”.  After I lovingly asked my husband if he was on this list because I could now easily find it if he was, I pulled up the released list for myself and began to aimlessly scroll through it.  It only took seeing one name I so much as recognized (don’t even know personally) and knew they had a wife and kids to literally make my heart palpitate and make my stomach churn.  My initial actions to the Ashley Madison hack were knee-jerk reactions to the situation without thinking in depth about the future outcomes of it.

Let me go ahead and make myself clear.  Do I for one second feel sorry for those individuals who were stupid enough to sign up for a service such as this?  NO.  I would like to think divorce is off the table in a marriage, but why an individual can’t simply ask for a divorce if he or she wants it instead of going behind their spouse’s back, cheating, and taking their disgusting germs back to their spouse is beyond me.  (Yes, germs disgust me and I wash my hands like a doctor).  So in one way am I happy these people were caught?  Well, for their spouse’s sake, yes.  Do I think it’s ok for people all over social media to be making a game out of catching names on the list they recognize?  NO.  NO.  NO!

I looked at my child today and thought to myself, “There is another baby boy or girl out there who’s whole world is about to be turned upside down and inside out because of this”.  Not only that, there are men and women who are having to find out about this from a published list.  Their entire worlds coming crashing down before their eyes, and there are actually people out there making a game and a joke about this.  I would love to ask those people who are posting these lists everywhere one question.  Is there a list out there that if it was hacked could bring your entire world upside down?

A friend from college shared on Facebook yesterday afternoon very insightfully said, “We all have our Ashley Madison’s.  Be careful when casting your stone from your glass house”.  She’s right – we all do.  Whether it’s lying, stealing, alcoholism, drug addiction, hate, porn, envy, lust, etc… Everyone has something.  There are people committing suicide over this – families breaking, kids about to have to split households…  What we SHOULD be doing instead of posting these lists everywhere and getting excited about “catching” someone you know on it is praying for these people on the list, AND those who have a spouse on there.  Pray for those people on that list and give them an opportunity to turn their lives around instead of making them dread the rest of their life.

***Whitney’s thought of the day is done.  Be kind.  Use your brain.  Worry about yourself.  Peace.***

On another note, how awesome was the Fear The Walking Dead premier last night? OMG =) !!!

 

Are You Ready For Summer?

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All women should feel beautiful in their own skin, bottom line. Summer is right around the corner, and that is usually when the clothing gets skimpier, and when we women become more self conscious! Beach trips and hot and sunny days on the lake means one thing… It’s time to get into a swimsuit.

So ladies, let me ask you. Are you ready? Have you been doing what it takes to feel comfortable in your own skin this summer, or are you planning to hide under that coverup again!? If not, you still have time, and I can help!

I am now looking for 3-5 people who are wanting to lose 0-20 lbs, tone your body, & build muscle! If interested, you will be placed in an online support group! This group will include your workout program, nutrition guide, meal plan, my favorite meal replacement, and ME, your coach! You do not have to be experienced!

My online support group will begin May 11th. You will get 24/7 access to the group! In this group you will gain knowledge, motivation, recipes, and daily accountability check ins with me!

If you are interested in investing in your fitness and nutrition or think it’s time for a change, message me! You can email me at StunninglySouthern@gmail.com or message me on Facebook! I Hope to hear from YOU!=)

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Shakeology – The Healthiest Meal Of The Day

Shakeology, fitness, health, healthy, fitness blog, stunningly southernI have never really been a big protein shake type of person.  I never EVER would have replaced a meal with one.  I don’t know if it’s because of how often I work out mixed with my metabolism, but they just never seemed to fill me up.  I have tried a couple of different brands of protein shakes throughout the past few years because I had friends that wanted me to purchase them, but was never fully satisfied and eventually discontinued the product.

I decided to become a BeachBody coach because I have always been passionate about fitness and health, and have used the BeachBody fitness programs for years.  I felt like I had become a product of these programs and I wanted others hear about them and be able to benefit from them like my husband and I have.  I had always heard about the Shakeology products through Tony Horton’s P90X programs, so I decided to go ahead and give them a try.  I have always been a skeptical person about what I put in my body.  I don’t even take a lot of medicine unless I absolutely HAVE to.  I mean, even after I gave birth to my firstborn son the doctors prescribed me different pain killers and I didn’t even take them!  I barely even took Ibuprofen.  I’m just SO weird about what I put in my body!  That being said, the ingredients in the shakes that other companies sell is what turned me again protein shakes to begin with.  It’s mostly synthetic ingredients that I don’t know how to pronounce or even know what they are, but I’m not even going there…

I researched Shakeology and saw that it contains more than 70 super-nutritious ingredients.  These ingredients include:

  • Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help reduce hunger and food cravings.
  • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients – to help detoxify and protect the body against free radical damage.
  • Adaptogen Herbs – to help increase energy and combat stress.
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, Fiber, and Digestive Enzymes – to aid digestion and promote regularity.

You would have to purchase and eat almost $50 of produce to get the equivalent in one shake.  These shakes are delicious, and they are SAFE.  If they weren’t I wouldn’t put it in my body everyday.

I still don’t replace my meals with these shakes, because with my metabolism and energy that I burn while working out among other things, I don’t need to do that.  However, I have an unhealthy snacking problem that I have replaced with my shakes.  I tend to snack on chips and salsa, tons of cheese, and candy.  Now I have my Shakeology that I can mix with different herbs, spices, fruits, and coffee that I absolutely LOVE.  If you ever want to try these shakes as a meal replacement OR an unhealthy snack replacement, contact me.  I promise you won’t be disappointed =).

For more information on Shakeology, click here.

Before & After

fitness, beachbody, in shape, wellness, nutrition, healthyHi everyone! So I wanted to show you what I was talking about when I said that I have been on a mission to build more muscle and tone up.  The picture above is of my husband and I before we ever started P90X!  This was back before we were ever married.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, we ordered P90X in order to get into tip-top shape for our wedding, and IT WORKED.  Now, it was extremely hard work, but anything that is worth it is going to be.  If you are a person that tries to find the simplest way to lose weight and get in shape, the weight will not stay off long term.  Don’t succumb to a “fad” weight loss program that asks you to take all sorts of pills, cut out carbs, drink liquid for your meals, etc… If you do  you that you will end up becoming a “fluctuator”; a person that loses weight, then just gains it right back.  As Tony Horton from P90X says, “You have got to BRING IT”.  He’s right, you do.  To lose weight and keep it off, you have to do something you are going to stick with – aka a lifestyle change.  Exercise is a MUST.  You don’t have to always do the same type of exercise.  In fact, it’s better if you change it up!  Keep it interesting!  Not only is exercise a must, you must also use some self-control when it comes to your diet.  My motto is to not cut out ANYTHING.  If I want a cookie, I eat it, but I don’t eat ten of them.  I have found that cutting out “unhealthy” foods completely just makes people want it more and they eventually give in, and they give in to the whole box.  Moderation is key!  Remember that =).

The picture of me below is a new version of myself that I am liking a lot more than the photo up top.  I enjoy having tone in my body.  I feel stronger AND healthier!  Well, honestly I have been sick with a sinus infection this past week so I don’t feel THAT healthy at the moment, ha!  Overall, decreasing my running to 3 days/week and incorporating the P90X3 program into my routine has helped me start to achieve the look I want.  I promise I will eventually add some videos of different types of workouts that you can do to help build muscle.  It has been difficult finding time over the past week, but I will get there!  Stay tuned!

You can learn more about P90X3 and other BeachBody programs here.

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Natural/At Home Remedies For Wrinkles

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AHH! I know, a no makeup/unfiltered picture can be scary, right? Well, six months ago I never would have posted a “no makeup/unfiltered” picture of myself. I wanted to share a little about my journey that I have been on in the past four months to get prettier skin that I feel confident about. Ever since my husband and I opened up his State Farm Agency, pretty much all of our money has gone into that. Needless to say, we have been ballin’ on a serious budget! This post in particular explains some of the inexpensive products that I have used to help my face become something I feel is beautiful and am confident about; even without makeup.

I want to state first and foremost that if I could take one thing back from my teenage years, it would be tanning in the tanning bed and laying out in the sun without sunscreen on. Ladies, it is just NOT WORTH IT. Not only can it cause cancer, but it causes premature wrinkles! I know this, because I have them and I CAN NOT STAND THEM. I always tell those who know me that if I could change just one thing on my body the rest of my life, I would change my skin. I have forehead wrinkles, as well as some smaller wrinkles around my eyes.  I mean, I am 28 so I’m not a spring chicken as it is anyway!  However, my skin would look so much prettier had I not completely ruined it with tanning beds and sunbathing.  I wish I could have just shaken my teenage self every time I started to climb in that tanning bed. Do yourself a favor and get spray tanned, use self-tanning lotion, and WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN OUTSIDE. I get spray tanned every once in a while, but for the most part I use a self-tanner called Tanwise.  You can find it here.

Organic Coconut Oil – I read on a blog recently that your skin can benefit a great deal from using coconut oil on it, and let me tell you, it’s true! I like to rub coconut oil all over my face and body before I get in the shower. Before I get out of the shower, I gently rub it off with a washcloth. When I rub it off and dry off, my skin feels SO smooth and milky almost. Sometimes I like to apply it all over my skin for a few hours at night. You can even apply it at the ends of your hair to moisturize.

Vaseline – So, you have heard that celebrities such as Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Anniston have used Vaseline to prevent wrinkles, right? I have been doing this too; especially on my under eye area. I have obviously noticed a difference because I will actually post a picture of myself without makeup on for all the world to see!

Prenatal, Vitamin E & Biotin – For years, I have been taking prenatal vitamins because as you know, I’ve had a baby, nursed a baby, and want more babies in the future. Why stop now right? Well, for four months now, I added Vitamin E and Biotin to my list. I also purchased a Vitamin E skin lotion that I like to rub all over my body like I do the coconut oil. I feel like these vitamins have helped my complexion so much. These two vitamins have also done wonders for my hair! My hair is finally growing more rapidly and I feel like it’s becoming full again.

I definitely love trying new beauty products for my skin that help decrease imperfections. I have tried several products that I absolutely LOVE, and I will be blogging about those products in the future. For now, I just wanted to tell you about a few of the things that I do naturally to keep wrinkles away for those of you with a tight budget.

You can find all of these products at Target.