Category: { HEALTHY }

A MOMENT OF SILENCE…FOR MY FAT ROLLS.

[ 0 ] July 1, 2013 |

Funeral for my FatUm, yeah.  So, I woke up this morning feeling like an Oompa Loompa.  I swear this theme song was playing (feel free to click on the link and listen along while you read…hilarious).  Anyway – I had an AWESOME weekend hanging with my husby and some friends – and when I say “awesome”, I mean I ate a disgusting amount of food.  Disgusting.

Mexican Dinner on Friday, followed by lunch on Saturday in Beacon Hill, followed by a huge Italian dinner at Monicas in the North End.  Oh, and in between those lovely feeding frenzies we had a Robert Downey Jr. sighting.  Yes ladies.  Ironman.  Walking his baby.  Not gonna lie – I probably could’ve eatin’ him (and his baby) too – but luckily I had just devoured lunch so it was gonna be tough to fit anything else in my belly.  I needed at least 7 minutes before I was to feed again.  And, by that time, he and his offspring had gone.

When all was said and done, the hub and I polished off a box (no, not 1, but a BOX) of Italian cookies from my fave North End bakery…Bovas. It’s as if the fat cells in my body were screaming for me to give em’ the goods – and, me (not wanting to see them suffer), obliged with lots of white bread and sugar. I’m gross-y Jocie.

Worse? It’s not even like I starve myself during the week…So I’m not sure why I couldn’t control myself this weekend. I eat healthy/work out all week and give myself 1 day (usually Saturday) to eat whatever my heart desires.  You know, 37 donuts, 18 cupcakes, a whole entire bag of Oreos…whatevs.   Either way, I awoke to the songs of my people (you know, the Oompa Loompas) and realized it was time to jump, I mean “roll” back into the action.

THE ACTION:

When I’m not stuffing my weekend-face, I’ve been addicted (and I mean ADDICTED) to the POPSUGAR Fitness channel on youtube.  Not only are the videos a-w-e-s-o-m-e, but they are F-R-E-E free and that’s pretty sweet for people like me who can’t stay motivated without variety. I’m such a 5 year old.

Anyway, while they have some 45 minute videos, most are 10 minutes so you can mix and match.  And, let me tell you – these chicks make you work for it in those shorty seshions.  Here’s a sampling of what I did today -

In addition to the Bootie Burning Workout from Sarah Jessica Parker’s trainer (above), I also did an Upper Body Workout and Flat Belly Workout - total of around 30 minutes.  I’ll be finishing it off with a lil’ power walk after work.  And, that’s how it’s done.

Moral of the story?  These work outs are awesome. Try em’.  You’ll like em’.

Let’s have a moment of silence…for my fat rolls.

Oh, and P.S.  I’ve decided that I need to be a dog owner, like pronto-saurus-rex. I’m ready for dog slobber and poop bags.  So, if you see this dog over the holidays, please let him know I want to be his best friend, like…yesterday.  Please & Thank you. Okay, bye.

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OMG, IT’S ITTY BITTY POPCORN {Yey for Pipcorn!}

[ 0 ] June 18, 2013 |

Do you love popcorn?  I love popcorn.  There have been times in my life when I’ve wanted to date popcorn…even marry it. It’s a torrid poppity love affair I never wish to end.  Pipsnacks?  You-da-man.

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Pipcorn is the awesomest because it’s the brainchild of bro & sis team Jen & Jeff  (Jen’s digestive issues were the catalyst behind these mini-popcorn delights).  Each 1/2 size popcorn bite is gluten-free and vegan. And, my BFF Oprah featured these cuties on her fave things episode one year, so you know they are legit.  I was lucky enough to taste them in one my subscription boxes, and can’t wait to order a bunch more soon.  Here’s a couple that have caught my eye (feel free to stalk away!).

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KETTLE PIPCORN: Kettle Pipcorn is a take on a classic. With blended light brown sugar, sea salt and a touch of cinnamon. You had me at “brown sugar”.  Find your 3 pack here (for $18 bucks).

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 ROSEMARY PIPCORNRosemary Pipcorn is the most popular flavor. It is seasoned with homemade rosemary sea salt.  Yes, yes, yes.  Find your 3 pk here (for $18 bucks)

pipcorn rosemaryWHITE TRUFFLE PIPCORNWhite Truffle is a delicious new addition to the flavors at Pipcorn. It is decadent and utterly irresistable.  This was the flavor I had the opportunity to try (which consequently resulted in said torrid love affair).  Find your 3 pk here (for $18 buckaroonis).

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HEY FAUCET FACE? YOUR AWESOME.

[ 2 ] January 17, 2013 |

…speaking of water…I’m a sucker for any product that supports a good cause.  And Faucet Face does that, while also being so darn cute.

Faucet Face is a super cool company that wants to bring back tap water’s dignity via their glass drinking bottles.  Why?  Cuz’ everything tastes awesomer in glass!  Oh, and because glass doesn’t have the same nasty stuff you find in many of the plastic water bottles you can buy at the store – it’s BPA free, reusable (saving you over $300 bucks a year) and it doesn’t leach chemicals.  Ew…leaches.

Anyway – In their pursuit to make tap water be way cooler than bottled water, they’ve also teamed up with TMA.  Guess what that means?  5% of the profits from each bottle sold goes toward building BioSand filters for people in rural India.  They really need it.  Read all about that here.

I’m not sure if I’m 100% ready to go tap.  I don’t buy bottled usually, but I do filter at home.  And, I’d be happy to transfer my home filtered water (& my Sassy Water!) to these fancy lil’ glass bottles until I get the skinny on my local water (check out your local water here).  Plus, I’ll be helping out some peeps that need it AND keeping those nasty chemicals outta my bad bod. Win-Win-Wincycle.  Find yours:  here (for $15 bucks each).  Oh, and get discounts by purchasing more! Oh, man…I’m so thirsty now.

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IT’S RECIPE WEDNESDAY {sassy water}!

[ 1 ] January 16, 2013 |

I’m bloated.  Are ya with me?  Probably, unless you’re one of those superwoman healthy-fit-fancies, and well…if you are one of those, then you’re my idol.  I’m serious.

I’m pretty cognizant (whoa!  big word!) of what’s good for me and what’s bad for me.  And, I do spend quite a bit of my life in the “healthy zone”, but like most of you (not you healthy goddess)…like most of you that are more like me, you spend the other part of your life in the “I just ate an entire sleeve of OREOs zone”…and so therefore you’re probably bloated.  Welcome to the club.  Blah. I really need to drink more water.

Cue the sassy – Sassy Water. Hey girl, haiiiiiiii! Not only is the name, like the best name ever, but the ingredients are super tasty too.  I have a really hard time forcing myself to drink the 8 bazillion gallons of water I’m supposed to everyday, and I’m hoping this lil’ lady will be my saving grace.  I’m SO not into fad diets, but am thankful for the Flat Belly Diet for which Sassy Water might not exist (it’s part of the 4-Day Jumpstart).

Oh, it’s important that I note this is NOT a miracle solution for weight loss or flat belly.  It helps, yes (at least that’s what they say)…but I’m posting about this because I want to reap the day-to-day bennys which should be combined with nutritious eating and good ol’ fashioned exercise.  That’s how I live my life when I’m not on the “cupcake diet”, p.s.  Oh, the joys.

Anyway, here are those key benefits I was talkin’ about (and the recipe is below!):

  • Fiber.  You get it from the Lemons & the Cukes.
  • Ginger soothes your tummy!
  • How about getting 75% of your daily vitamin C from the Lemon?  Yup.  That’s included.
  • Oh, yes…the bonus?  It decreases water retention, while giving you hydrating energy.

See ya later miss bloaty pants!  Ready to drink a whole lotta’ water?  Here goes!

THE SASSY WATER RECIPE

THE GUTTS:

  • One medium cuke, peeled & sliced super-duper thin
  • One lemon, thinly sliced.  They say the lemon needs to be “medium” but they all look the same to me, so don’t panic if you can’t find a “medium” lemon.
  • A teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.  Try not to lose a finger.
  • 12 (why twelve and not 13?)…12 spearmint leaves.
  • A boat load of water…ha ha.  get it?  boat?  Whatever.  Just make sure you got around 8 1/2 cups.

CHEF IT UP:

Chop it all up and pile it together in your fancy glass pitcher.  Then, create some space for it in your fridge and let it party overnight.  In the a.m. start drinking until it’s gone (not all at once in the a.m. but through the day…you know).

That’s that.  I’ll let you know how it works for me and you let me know how it works for you.  If you’ve already had the sassy water and have some tips, tricks or comments feel free to share!

Adios.

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(click here for the detailed benefits description via LIVESTRONG) (Sassy Water Recipe inspired: via)

 

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SUBSCIPTION-BOX-A-PALOOZA {day 5 Conscious Box}

[ 0 ] October 22, 2012 |

Conscious Box.  This lil’ box is FILLED (and, I mean FILLED) to the brim with pure, sustainable products that are both friendly for your bod and green as hell.  This box is a lot different than what I typically gravitate towards, but I have to say that I really do enjoy learning about stuff that is better for me and my lil’ semi eco, organic, healthy-ish world.   I don’t claim to be the most socially responsible person out there, but I do try to suck up as much info as I can so that I can be more informed in my decision making. And, well let’s face it, I like to fly by the seat of my pants, so this subscription helps my feet stay somewhat nailed to the ground.  So, that in itself is a win.

Feast your eyeballs on my most recent box contents (pictured in the photo above) and scope the full Conscious Box deets when yer’ done:

Oh, yeaaaaaah.  You didn’t think I’d let you leave me without remiding you about this weeks cool stuff, didya? Be sure to check out my Insanely Huge Directory of Subscription Boxes (by clicking the black & yellow box in the sidebar ——->). YEY!

THE SCOOP:

Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • You get a huge variety of unique pure & natural products every month

WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:

  • $19.95 a month (including shipping)
  • 3-months for $56.85 (including shipping)
  • 6-months for $111.70 (including shipping)
  • New! Vegan Box available for $19.95 per month (including shipping)

THE BONUS: 

 Vegan boxes available!

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