#FitnessFriday – Move Something

This week was a fabulous week for my workouts.  On Saturday (which is technically last week) I ran the the 5K in the Baltimore Running Festival.

Baltimore Running Festival 5K

Showing off my 5K medal.

On Monday, October 20th we kicked off our second installation of the DietBet challenge called Operation Pre-Holiday Slimdown.   There’s still time to register – $35 gets you in and we currently have over 60 people signed up!!!  The pot just keeps growing.  Lose 4% of your bodweight in 28 days and win money.  :-)

The rest of the week I did workouts on the treadmill (1 mile warm ups) working to decrease my mile time by picking up the pace on the treadmill each time.  I made progress.  I stopped being a wimp and turned it up because I know I can run faster.

Treadmill 1 mile warm up

Treadmill 1 mile warm up

While I didn’t get a chance to get with my personal trainer this week due to hectic schedules I did do my Sanders Optimum Fitness Online Boot Camp sessions which were tough.  Don’t let anyone tell you any different BUT they are effective.  There’s still time to sign up at http://sandersoptimumfitness.com.  Tell them I sent ya.  :-)

While I didn’t get with my personal trainer this week here are two killer workouts she created for me and the ladies of my fitness group last week.  ENJOY and tell me what you think of them.

Take It To'em Workout

Back To It Workout

And I must not forget the Little Black Dress challenge…..yes I put in work on that TOO!!!!!  Using my 30 Day Fitness Challenges app I tracked the workouts.  Now I did fall behind on my days and had to play catch up, who am I fooling, I’m still playing catch up but I did complete multiple days.  Check it out.

And there you have it folks.  I allowed myself NO EXCUSES and put in the work.  I am on a mission.  I must lose 1 inch from around my waist a MONTH plus 4% of my bodyweight in the next 4 weeks.  With focus and determination I am confident I will get there.  Until next week!

 My workout week

Disclaimer: This workout was created by a certified trainer based on my current fitness level. Please adjust weight or motion based upon your fitness level. Always consult a physician before starting any new training program

What did your workout week look like?  

What do you think went well?  

What do you think you could have done differently?

 


Puritan’s Pride Fall Smoothies + Giveaway

Puritans Pride Fall Smoothie Program and Giveaway

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.

You know the deal – I love my smoothies.  Especially delicious ones that are completely healthy.  I also add protein to make them more filling than usual to hold me over 3 to 4 hours.  Given how hectic it is in the morning, smoothies have become my quick fix “breakfast meal” that helps get me out the door and doesn’t leave me with an empty stomach.  I also noticed whether I lift or run I am typically hungrier in the morning so it satiates my appetite.

With the cooler temps, some people may be inclined to start eating more hot breakfast meals but I plan to keep my smoothie addiction obsession fascination morning breakfast routine going.  And just like that, I got invited to participate in Puritan’s Pride Seasonal Smoothie program.  Each month from October to December I will share a deliciously awesome smoothie recipe for you to try.  NICE right?

Ever wonder what all the smoothie craze is about?  Well, smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients in one delicious drink; but sometimes you can get into a recipe rut. So over the next three months I’ve partnered with Puritan’s Pride to put pizzazz in my smoothies with protein powders and superfoods-based products that can tuck in more nutrients more efficiently. Each month, I’ll be sharing my superfood-packed smoothie and would love to hear about your best smoothie recipes, too.

This month, we’re starting with two fall favorite flavors that just happen to be super nutritious, pumpkin and kale.  Let me share a little something about kale’s superfood awesomeness and the benefits of pumpkin.

Kale is a superfood because it is high in antioxidant Vitamins A and C. Dark leafy greens are great nutrition powerhouses but kale takes the veggie-cake! Here’s something most people don’t know: Kale also provides omega-3 fatty acid and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).

Pumpkin is a superfood because it is high in vitamin A, which supports healthy vision and helps support immunity. Also a good source of potassium, pumpkins can help your heart and muscles. Interesting pumpkin fact- pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, a nutrient important for immunity.

Recipe time – here is how you make the Kale Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup kale,
  • 1 cup pineapple,
  • 1 sprig fresh mint,
  • 1 can coconut milk, and
  • 1 scoop Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein for Her Vanilla Bean

Instructions:  blend together and serve immediately.

If kale doesn’t float your boat here is a delicious pumpkin recipe you can try – Pumpkin Smoothie

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure no other ingredients other than pumpkin),
  • 1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice,
  • 1 banana,
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice,
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1 scoop Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein for Her Vanilla Bean

Instructions:  blend all the ingredients; serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

If you would like to try some of Puritan’s Pride products, it’s your lucky day order any of the items below and receive 10% off plus free shipping.

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Now Foods Carob Powder (056578): NOW Real Food® Carob Powder is a flavorful and versatile substitute for chocolate. Use in place of cocoa powder in your favorite recipes for delicious natural chocolate flavor without the fat, caffeine or theobromine found in chocolate.

Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter Smooth (056913): Barney Butter is peanut free  and made in an almond only facility! It contains no added salt or sugar with a traditional smooth and creamy texture.

Mythology Whey Protein Isolate Chocolate:

Puritan’s Pride All Natural All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats:  Made from Quinoa and Oats, this delicious chocolate flavored drink is dairy free and soy free, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a vegan protein option that is nutrient dense.

Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.

Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder Natural (002660): Pure Soy Protein Isolate Powder supplies important nutrients which the body requires daily for optimum health. It provides essential amino acids in a versatile powder which is low in fat and free of carbohydrates.

Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein For Her Vanilla Bean (066632): Whey Protein for Her is specifically designed for women’s needs. The product provides superior whey proteins in a low fat, great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle.* In addition, Whey Protein for Her naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy you need for your workouts.*

Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein For Her Chocolate (034788): Whey Protein for Her is specifically designed for women’s needs. The product provides superior whey proteins in a low fat, great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle.* In addition, Whey Protein for Her naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy you need for your workouts.

Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder Chocolate (007055): Pure Soy Protein Isolate Powder supplies important nutrients which the body requires daily for optimum health. It provides essential amino acids in a versatile powder which is low in fat and free of carbohydrates.

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Puritan's Pride Health Swag Giveaway

And as if it couldn’t get any better – Puritan’s Pride is sponsoring a giveaway of the following amazing products:

This giveaway is valid in the U.S. only and must be 18 years or older to enter.  This giveaway ends at midnight on November 6, 2014.
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What is your favorite Fall smoothie recipe?


October Bulu Box Unboxing

October Bulu Box Unboxing thumbnail and I ran the 5K in the Baltimore Running Festival

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  That means if you click and make a purchase I receive a small commission from your purchase.

Hi everyone!  I am very excited because I signed up for a 6-month subscription to Bulu Box Weight Loss.  I figured, since I am on this shrink your waist challenge AND my DietBet challenge starts in a day I am hopeful this health box would help me smash through these goals.  So let me share with you what’s inside the October Bulu Box Weight Loss.

October Bulu Box Weight Loss

1.  Smarty Pants Adult Multi + Fiber – $47.95/30 servings

2.  BiPro Whey Protein Isolate – $49.99/2 lbs tub

3.  Serengeti Chamomile Blend – $16.50/3 boxes (54 sticks)

4.  BSN N.O.-Xplode – $38.99/30 servings

5.  Rescue Pearls – $12.99/28 capsules

6.  Body360 Burn360 – $29.99/72 capsules

Smarty Pants Adult Multi + Fiber

 

BiPro Whey Protein Isolate

 

Serengeti Chamomile Blend

 

BSN N.O. Xplode

 

Rescue Pearls

 

Body360 Burn360

I had a lot of fun going through this October Bulu Box Weight Loss and plan to put some of these items to good use.  If you would like to try a Bulu Box simply order at http://bulubox.com and use PROMO CODE:  BULUGAN356 to receive 50% off of your first subscription.  GREAT DEAL!

Which of the items in my latest October Bulu Box Weight Loss subscription box would you like to try most?


Workout Wednesday Link Up #50

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling

Workout Wednesday Co-Hostesses

 Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Heather | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Be sure to stop by BOTH of our co-hostess’ blogs as they are really cool and full of their fitness and running adventures so read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have them as co-hostesses.


We created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach.

WOW Pinterest Board

Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted.

blog-directories

Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


#DoWork is being featured this week in the Workout Wednesday Blogger Spotlight.  Say hello to Ed and show him some love.  He is a biker, runner and swimmer in that order.

Congratulations  Ed!!

Blog | Instagram Google+

 Let’s party!!


 

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, and Divas Run For Bling blogs. 

How to Participate:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up

3.  Leave no more than 2 links to your blog, Facebook or YouTube post or video using the link up tool/button below

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Women Who Box – Samantha Mellerson

Sam Mellerson female boxer

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

SM:  I am Samantha Mellerson. I describe myself as a wife, mother, soldier for social justice and boxer. For real, that is what it reads on my twitter profile!

FFFC:  How did you get interested in boxing?

SM:  I have been interested in boxing since I was a child. I used to watch the fights with my dad and with my friends. I remember getting together with about 6-7 friends to watch a Mike Tyson fight, when Christie Martin opened up, and I couldn’t believe it. I was mesmerized. I think it had such a huge impact on me, because it didn’t just show me that women COULD box, but it challenged me to think about everything else I would want to do, but thought I “couldn’t”.   

FFFC:  How did you get started in boxing?

SM:  Shortly after I saw that fight, I went around my community to the boxing gyms, to register for boxing, but no one offered traditional boxing. They offered kickboxing and martial arts, so I signed up, but it wasn’t really what I wanted. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I ran into a trainer who I later found out trained fighters, and asked him if he would teach me how to box. It was kind of a bucket list thing at this point. He agreed, and we started out. A few months in, he asked if I would consider a match, and I jumped at the chance. I have been training with him ever since.  

FFFC:  Who do you spar with?

SM:  There is a group of guys that train with the same coach, and we all spar each other. I am the only woman in the group. They are a great group of guys. Our trainer also gets in the ring with us at times.

FFFC:  Have you had an official match and if so, how did it go?

SM:  We are training for an official amateur fight to take place by December 2014.

FFFC:  What do you like most and least about boxing?

SM:  I love the hard core training and discipline. I hate getting injured. Injuries usually happen because of a stupid mistake. 

FFFC:  What is your training program like?

SM:  Warm ups consist of lots of shadow boxing and skipping rope.  Then bag work and pads.  The drills are rough with bursts of speed and power designed to engage your core, and my legs (my trainer gets on me about engaging my legs all the time!)

FFFC:  What would you say is the biggest misconception about females in this sport?

SM:  That we are violent or less feminine. Just not true at all. We are easy going, fun people that can clean up quite nicely! lol

FFFC:  What do you admire most about your physique?

SM:  My upper abs are conditioned quite well. I like that.

Sam Mellerson in No Limits Gym

FFFC:  What general tips do you have for other women interested in getting started with boxing?

SM:  Try it. If you are interested you owe it to yourself to try it out. You will find that the people are friendly and will support your efforts.

FFFC:  What is your daily diet (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)?

SM:  So, I am trying to get better at this. Breakfast, is usually coffee and yogurt, or banana, or sometimes toast with a slice of cheese. Lunch and Dinner are usually a combination of salad, chicken, some veggies and either a pasta or rice. And my snacks usually consist of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, grapes (trying to introduce more apples and pears), wheat thins, cheese sticks, yogurt.  

FFFC:  Do you have any upcoming matches or events?  Tell us all about it.

SM:  I am training now with the hopes of securing an amateur fight by the end of this year. I am really excited about it. Will keep you posted!

FFFC:  Where can I our readers find you on the web and read more about what you do?

SM:  Good question. I am on Facebook and Twitter, but rarely post about my boxing….I just might have to change that! 

Sam Mellerson

 

If you need to get caught up on the series, don’t fret – they are all here ready for YOU to click and be amazed!!  If you love this series as much as I do, show these women some love & support by reading their articles and leaving an encouraging comment!  Smooches.

Charise Stanford 

Dara Shen 

Ashley DePaulis

 


I Won with WIN Sports Detergent

WIN Sports Detergent Product Review and Giveaway #SweatHardSmellGreat #WINDetergent #sweatpink

Disclosure:  I received 2 complimentary bottles of WIN Sports Detergent for the purposes of this review.  As always, honest opinions are all my own.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission from your purchase.

My husband and I are avid fitness enthusiasts.  That means we ENJOY working out.  It also means we wear a lot of fitness clothing typically made of tech material.  Since my hubby cycles plus hits weights, he typically sweats up his tops and bottoms tech gear.  I run around in boot camp, outdoors and in the gym with weights so I also sweat in my fitness clothing practically daily.

What we were discussing was while we love the tech gear for its sweat-wicking abilities, we noticed over time, it holds in odors.  We determined the culprit was the oil left behind on the tech apparel that doesn’t easily wash out with regular clothes detergent.  Even though we washed our fitness gear daily with all types of detergents we thought would be effective, they weren’t.  Eventually we would start smelling remnants of  past workout’s odors.  Either in the armpit, crotch (sorry to gross you out) area or socks.

We had resolved ourselves to throwing out what we had and purchasing new fitness clothes every 3 to 6 months.  And then I heard about WIN Sports Detergent.  Here’s what I learned about it that caught my attention:

WIN Detergent is designed to remove sweat, oil and odors from technical athletic/sports apparel.

Simple words but exactly what I was looking for.

Here’s what I thought of it.

Review:

I threw in a bundle of workout clothes directly after a sweat session outdoors on the pavement.  I tossed in my sweaty socks, capri running pants, sports bra, racer back tank and pullover.

Sports Clothes Laundry

I received 2, 32 oz bottles of WIN Sports Detergent (regular – blue cap and fragrance and dye free – green cap).  I decided to wash my laundry with the blue cap.  I put it on regular wash with warm water and afterwards put them in the dryer.  I immediately pulled them out of the dryer and went to sniff the armpit.  EUREKA no odor at all.  I even wore the items again to workout and nothing.  I wanted to kiss those 2 miracle bottles.  I didn’t stop there, I continued to wash my husband’s workout gear plus my son’s since he is starting sports and I have to say – WIN Sports Detergent does what it says it is going to do and that is all I really ever look for in a product.

Pros:

  • It is effective
  • Works well in high efficiency washer machines (which I own)
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Dye and fragrance-free product options
  • Oh yeah, very affordable – $10.95 for a 32 oz bottle.

Cons:

  • The top is pretty weird to use.  Once I used it to pour detergent into the washer machine, if the cap is not washed out, the detergent will drip down the sides of the bottle from the cap.  They should consider a better design for the cap.
  • Not easily found in stores.  You have to order online.

Rating:

I give this product 9 out of 10 stars.  It is a powerhouse, it comes in eco-friendly packaging, affordable and most importantly effective.  I could not give it a full 10 stars because you can’t purchase it in your local retail stores.

Now who wants to try this amazing detergent for themselves?  Well the team at WIN are generously offering one lucky Femme Fitale Fit Club reader 2, 32 oz bottles of their WIN Sports Detergent (blue and green cap).  Complete the giveaway form below for a chance to win.  This giveaway starts October 20, 2014 – November 2, 2014 with a winner selected on November 3, 2014.  Open to residents of the continental U.S. 18+.  Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be selected.

WIN Sports Detergent Giveaway

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If you don’t want to wait the two weeks to see if you won this awesome giveaway, you can simply purchase WIN Sports Detergent  directly on Amazon.com and use coupon code:  WINGIVE1 to receive $1 off your online purchase.

 

 


Target® C9 Fall Haul 2014

Target® C9 Fall Haul 2014

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

It’s that time again…I NEED NEW WORKOUT CLOTHES!  I don’t mean to shout but it really is time especially with the weather change.  Since I plan to run outdoors more often this season I need clothing that will keep me warm during cooler temperatures as well as make me visible to other runners, cars and animals (mostly deer) since it is so dark.

When I was contacted by POPSUGAR about participating in a Target® C9 haul I quickly agreed because of all the reasons I stated above.  Also Target® C9  is very nice for so many reasons such as  #1 it’s my favorite brand of athletic wear hands down, #2 they have some pretty awesome looking workout clothes for all types of workouts  and #3 I knew I would find the perfect outfit to fit my needs to:

A.  Stay warm during my run,

B.  Always be seen while running in the dark, and

C.  Comfort

I picked the following outfit:

C9 by Champion® Women’s Pullover in a deep teal, medium

This garment is made for high performance activity, comes in an array of fun colors and is 100% polyester.

I chose this pullover because it was long sleeve, looked loose enough  for layers, was a beautiful teal color and has a halfway zipper that zips all the way up around the neck to keep the wind out and the cold away.

Target® C9 Pullover

 

C9 by Champion® Women’s Run Legging in stately blue, medium

This garment is 87% polyester, 13% spandex, 86% polyester and 14% spandex with a 28.5 inch inseam

I chose the Women’s Run leggings because they looked very nice, had gorgeous pops of color and also had reflectors.

 

Target® C9 Leggings 2

 

Target® C9 Leggings

While shopping I decided to be a sporty runner with a POP of teal color.  Since the Target® C9 collection has such a variety of fun color options, I knew that wouldn’t be hard.

My total purchase was $47.75 plus free shipping and I saved $7.95.  I consider that very affordable when compared to other brands for similar items.

I wore my outfit on a Friday early-morning run.  I noticed while putting on the leggings, I did not have to squeeze into them.  They slipped right on.  I also noticed zippers at the bottom so you can unzip the legging and easily slip your foot through.  I wore a racer back tank along with a sports bra underneath the pullover.  The pullover was not too form fitting and I still had enough room underneath to add additional layers if I chose.  I took a spin in the mirror and was very excited about my running outfit.

Once I met up with my friends, I received compliments on my gear and we were off to the races.  During my 4.6 mile run my clothes were extremely comfortable.  The leggings felt good and allowed me to maintain a good stride.  The pullover kept me warm enough during the entire run and had enough room for me to swing my arms to maintain a good pace.

The clothing is even roomy enough to do pre and post run stretches easily without the clothes feeling tight.  I really like that.

Front Leg Stretch Target® C9 Fall Haul

Front leg stretch

 

Side Stretch Target® C9 Fall Haul

Side Stretch

 

Forward Stretch

Forward Stretch

Pros:  The outfit was comfortable and roomy.  The leggings were easy to put on.  The items kept me warm enough but did not make me overheat.  The cost of both items was very affordable.

Cons:  I honestly do not have any cons.

Overall rating:  I give this outfit a 10 out of 10.  I absolutely love my Fall Haul running outfit and very pleased with this purchase.  My girls will probably get tired of seeing me in it because it is definitely my new go-to outfit for my outdoor runs this fall season.

What running gear are you planning to purchase for your fall season runs?


Beating My Best, Jabra + Christmas List

Jabra Promo Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jabra. While I was compensated to write a post about Jabra Sport  Pulse Wireless Earbuds, all opinions are my own

Have you ever had a moment you felt would never come?  An experience where you thought you would never get to?  That’s what happened to me when I hit 15 touches in a minute in Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp.  Let me share for a moment.  Fifteen touches are best known as sprint suicides.  You run back and forth between two points on the ground and the goal is to hit each line 15 times within 60 seconds.

For the longest time the best I could do were 13 ½ or 14 touches.  While that is very good and considered quite a fast sprint, fifteen touches remained the lofty goal.  And then my #BeatYourBest moment happened –  I made 15 touches.  The morning started like any other boot camp with warm ups, pushups, etc.  Then he said get on the black line and I knew what was in store.

I was relaxed and didn’t stress over it.  I figured, if I make it great, if I don’t no sweat.  Then he blew the whistle and we were off.   I felt strong and my legs did not get tired at the 30 second mark.  And just like that, 30 seconds later I was crossing the black line on my 15th touch and it was exhilarating.  I was gasping for air but I knew I had hit a major milestone.  There’s no feeling like that in the world.  I’ve since completed 15 touches maybe one more time after but that is ok.  I know if I put my mind to it I can do it again.

Just when you thought you gave your best, you find out you can actually do more.  Jabra believes in the same thing.  They make hands-free audio equipment.   With a dedication to superior sound, innovative technology, and an individual’s inner potential, the opportunities to improve your personal best with Jabra are endless.

Jabra Promo Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds #beatyourbest

The Jabra wireless line just launched their Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds.  I want them!!  These wireless earbuds have a biometric in-ear heart rate monitor that detects your heart rate built right into the headphones.   How cool is that?  You simply pair them to a free download of the Jabra Sport Life™ app and you are all set.

I know I track my heart rate during workouts to make sure I am putting in the work and burning those calories so being able to do that with a pair of headphones without any extra gear is pretty awesome.  These earphones are the first of its kind.

Check out this video to see them in action.

These are now on my Christmas list and if I am fortunate enough to have a family member or fitness friend dish out the $199 and gift me with a pair I plan to rock the following songs:

Jabra Playlist #beatyourbest

Nice playlist right?  Check out Jabra – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

When was the last time you #beatyourbest?

What fitness gear is on your Christmas list?

What songs are you rocking during workouts and runs?


The key to successful, healthy weight loss

The key to successful, healthy weight loss

Health is Wealth! There is nothing that can be achieved in life unless you have a healthy mind and body. Everything in this world is achieved through positive thoughts. A little thought put into leading a healthy life will do no harm. This will instead keep you going and strong enough to work harder to achieve your goals. There are many health issues that man has to deal with. Some of them are caused due to his negligence, while there are some that are caused due to stress and the change in lifestyle.

Weight loss is a major concern that most of us are worried about. People have tried ways and means to deal with this health problem, but have failed. The fact that excess weight gives rise to the risk of other severe health problems, has now made people more aware about the adverse effects of weight gain. This is when people start thinking about weight loss. But, are there only a few common ways in which one can lose weight? Are all these methods healthy enough? Let us take a look at a few habits that contribute to a healthy weight loss, that have helped many people reduce a considerable amount of weight.

  1. Avoid the Unhealthy Weight Loss Practice:

People usually feel that going on a fad diet or consuming weight loss pills will help in losing weight faster. But, these methods proved to be failures and do not help with weight loss. These habits usually make you feel left out and get you back on track like you were before. You will be discouraged and will go back to the diet and habits that you previously followed. This will in fact make you increase some extra pounds of fat.

  1. Avoid Emotional Eating:

The stress at work and at home can be the main cause of various health problems that people suffer from. Eating when you are stressed out, simply to refresh your mind, may only make you eat some extra pounds that may add to your weight. Therefore, it is rightly said that one should avoid eating while in stress or when busy with something else. Make time for food and eat patiently until your stomach is full.

  1. Consume a lot of Fruits and Vegetables:

The high fiber and water content present in fruits and vegetables makes us feel full within more time. This prevents overeating. Thus, you can prefer munching on a few raw or steamed vegetables and some fruits that will help you maintain a healthy diet. You can use them in salads with some spices and a little olive oil to add taste. Fruits can also be a part of your daily breakfast. They will surely make you feel full and give you enough amount of energy that you may need.

Along with the eating habits that tell you to avoid a few unhealthy ones and get used to the good ones, there are also a few more things that will help you to maintain a healthy food environment.

  1. Eat early:

Various studies have proved that eating a healthy breakfast is good for health. If you are on a weight loss regime, it is important to make sure that you consume the maximum amount of calories during the day and the least at night. Start with a heavy breakfast and end the day with a light dinner.

  1. Cook your own Meal:

Home cooked food is always better than packaged food and that which is available in Restaurants. When you cook food, you can make sure that you manage the portions well, and add the ingredients in the right proportion. Food that is available outside contains a lot more calories, fat and preservatives that are harmful for the body.

  1. Plan meals and snacks in advance:

Once you know the time when you usually feel hungry, make sure you are prepared to treat yourself with some healthy food. Plan your eating schedule the previous day and prepare well. This will not leave you hungry for a longer time. It will also prevent you from snacking on those unhealthy packaged foods that are available in the market.

Along with all these healthy eating habits, one also needs to focus on a healthy lifestyle. A few things that will help in following a healthy weight loss regime are:

  • Adequate amount of sleep.
  • Regular Exercise.
  • Yoga and meditation for releasing Stress.
  • Healthy Eating Habits.
  • Drinking lots of water.

When you think of following this healthy routine, do not turn back and search for reasons that will force you to avoid all of this. Thus, it is very important to stay motivated. It is rightly said that staying healthy is difficult. But losing weight to stay healthy is even more difficult. The things that will keep you motivated are as mentioned below.

  • Set some goals that will keep you motivated. You can aim at fitting into an old pretty dress or a pair of jeans that you used to wear some time ago.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family that will keep you motivated. The feeling that others are happy to see you turning into a beautiful you will keep you strong and encourage you to work harder.
  • Keep a track of the progress you see. A slight change in your weight or in the way you look, will encourage you to work harder to see better results.
  • Do not be discouraged if the process is slow. Slow processes are the ones that actually work. The artificial methods that promise sudden weight loss through unhealthy methods are the ones that give you only short term results.
  • It is not just the diet that you need to change. It is the entire lifestyle. Adopt to healthy habits in all that you do. This will help you stay fit and fine. You will love it when the results are seen. Until then, work out and be confident.

If you are now thinking of undergoing this regime, go ahead and do it! You just have to remember that a positive attitude and a determined mind will take you through the tunnels quite easily.

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How I Fit Puffs SoftPack Into My Outdoor Run

Puffs SoftPack™

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own.

Can you believe how quickly the weather has changed, at least it has here in Maryland, from nice balmy warm summer weather to autumn crisp cool weather?  Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining because I love to run outdoors in it but it was a bit abrupt.  Unfortunately, a runny nose comes with this season change while I run outdoors.  I don’t know what that’s about but my nose loves to run during my run.  My face can also get a little sweaty, especially from running hills, so I need something lightweight to wipe away the excess moisture during my time on the pavement.  :-)

Puffs in my gym bag

Heading out to my morning run with my Puffs Softpack in my gym bag.

In order to avoid using my sleeve for my nose or to wipe away sweat from my face, I like to bring more than a few Puffs tissues on-the-go either storing them in my pocket, running gloves or sports bra (yeah nice right?).  This makes it very easy to use them when needed while out on the pavement.  Now that they have this new Puffs SoftPack™ I can easily carry them around in my gym bag and glove compartment so I’m never too far away from using 1 or 5 at a time.  I don’t even have to worry that they occupy space in my gym bag with my bottled water because the new flexible packaging is even water resistant!  The new Puffs SoftPack™ is cool (pun intended) because instead of walking around with a hard, pointy box that won’t fit in tight spaces such as my glove compartment, the new full size packaging is soft and flexible so it fits in there nicely.  They’ve also maintained the quality of their 2-ply tissues because they are still so soft and one pack holds a lot of tissues – 132 sheets to be exact.  I have sensitive skin so it is just an added bonus they are dermatologist tested to be gentle and designed to fit perfectly into your life so you always put your best face forward.

Puffs in Glove Compartment

Puffs Softpack easily fits into my glove compartment for tissue on-the-go.

Why don’t you tell Puffs how their Puffs SoftPack™ fits into your active and family lifestyle directly on their Fan Page at http://facebook.com/puffs?

What do you use to wipe down your face while active?  How do you use Puffs tissue on a daily basis?

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