Friday Faves

 

                    

Hello beautiful people! I’ve rounded up a mix of what I’m currently digging. I hope you enjoy!

1. EPIC Bars

So this is jerky but on a whole other level. These meat bars are the perfect paleo, gluten free, healthy snack that travels well and packs a huge protein punch. It keeps you satisfied when you can’t sit down and eat a meal. The reason I like the EPIC brand is because their meats are grassfed and don’t have any fillers. They are as clean as it comes. They have a variety of options-bars, bites, and strips and they come in chicken, turkey, beef, bison, pork, venison, even salmon! You can get them at Whole Foods, on Thrive Market, Amazon, and even Trader Joe’s carries them now! 

2. Everfitte 

I started following Everfitte on Instagram a few years ago and they have not disappointed. I want all their hoodies and shirts! They have the best sayings. It’s always exactly what I’m thinking! I’ve bought multiple shirts for myself and given them as gifts as well. When you find a company that just gets it,  you keep going back to them. They sell through Easy and you can also find some of their stuff on Amazon. 

3. Tone It Up

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE GIRLS! Karena and Katrina started this company and they have taken social media by storm in the fitness industry. They’ve created this amazing online community of women who support each as we all work on getting healthier. One of their big pushes every year is their bikini series challenge in the summer. It’s free to sign up and follow along. They’ll send you the weekly workout schedule and you have this whole community doing it with you. You can follow them on Instagram @toneitup. They are down to earth and super motivating. Definitely check them out!

4. Adidas Gazelle Sneakers

I fell in love with these shoes a couple months ago and finally bought them a few weeks ago since they were finally on sale. Are they not the cutest things ever!? They match every outfit and have this amazingly comfortable insole. I got mine at Macy’s, but you can find them online or at many different stores. Isn’t crazy how Adidas has made a comeback? I love it! I may have bought an Adidas muscle tank too. For less than $60 bucks, you can’t beat it! Lots of colors to choose from too. 

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TGIF! It’s officially the start of a long weekend! Bring on the Labor Day weekend! The summer heat is still here in Seattle, but it’s starting to feel like the season is changing with school starting and getting back into a routine. I’m already seeing pumpkin everywhere and it’s only September 1st! 

I have another roundup of a few of my favorite things. I hope these posts are helpful to you guys! I love doing them. 🙂 

So here’s what I have for you this week:

  1. Bambu Earth Dry Shampoo $22

These days dry shampoo is essential to life. I can’t even remember what I did before it…wash my hair every day??? What was I thinking! 🙂 I have tried numerous dry shampoos, but this one is my favorite. I have dark brown hair so the normal, white powder ones make my hair look ashy and gray. This one is specifically for dark hair! Hooray! It blends in so well with my color that you can’t even see it. They also have one for lighter colored hair. I find that this dry shampoo is finer too which I think helps it absorb into the hair better. Bonus: It’s all natural without any talc or harmful chemicals! GurlGoneGreen showed me this one and I’ve never looked back since. Give it a try! 

2. Anker Portable Charger $17.99

First world problems….your iPhone battery is almost out of juice and you’re at your favorite concert! Enter the Anker portable charger. This little guy is a powerhouse. My sister-in-law gave it to me for my birthday for an upcoming trip to Israel and Jordan. And boy was I glad she did! I can’t tell you how many times I used it on my trip and my friends were able to use it too. I was able to capture all the pics and videos I wanted because I wasn’t worried about saving my battery. This is a must if you travel very often. I don’t always have access to plug in at an actual outlet and this portable charger gives me the freedom to charged up wherever I am. Also, it’s super compact and fits into your pocket easily. 

3. Fabletics Salar Capri $34.95

I am so digging these capris right now! They are my favorite go-to workout pants at the moment. I bought one gray pair when I first signed up for Fabletics and immediately fell in love. I ended up buying two more pairs in different colors! They stay put even when doing Crossfit, but are also great for walking or even running errands. They are medium compression and have a little inside pocket for a key or card. My favorite thing about these pants is that they are seamless which gives your legs a uniform look. (Just make sure to wear seamless undies!) If you’re not already signed up for Fabletics, you definitely should look into it. Your first purchase is significantly discounted so even if you don’t buy anything else at least you got a great deal! Just remember, once you sign up you will be charged $49.95 every month unless you make sure to “skip” it at the beginning of the month. There’s no limit to how many months you skip. 

4. La Croix- Cherry Lime

I am obsessed with every kind of sparkling water, but Cherry Lime La Croix takes the cake for my favorite. It reminds me of my college days when I would go to Sonic and get a cherry limeade during happy hour -true story. I just love the combination of cherry and lime and if you add a few drops of stevia it’s absolute bliss! You can find this flavor at Whole Foods or Target. 

Well that’s a wrap for this week! Tell me in the comments below what your favorite La Croix flavors is or what brand of capris you’re loving! 

Friday Faves

 

 

 

I’m starting a weekly post called Friday Faves where I share with you all my favorite things I’m currently loving. I love curating! There’s so many fun things out there from clothes to healthy eats to random finds. I’ll take them all for a test run and then pick out my favs. 

So without further adieu, here’s this week’s Friday Faves!

1. Reebok Crossfit Grace Shoes in Mist $99

I got these shoes as a gift a few months ago and have totally fallen in love with them! Not only are they super cute, but they are also really comfortable. I can wear them to work out, but they also look great with yoga pants running errands. I have had numerous pairs of Crossfit shoes in the past and so far these are my favs! They come in other colors too and at only $99- why not get a couple pairs! 🙂 

2. Maple Sea Salt RXBAR

Notice I didn’t say RXBAR in general, although I really like all the flavors, because maple sea salt is hands down my favorite flavor. I could eat one every day and not get tired of it. I actually have started to crave them! A close running up would be the chocolate sea salt flavor. RXBARS are great because they are made with real, whole ingredients. What you see on the label is all that’s in them. They are great for traveling too. You can find some of the flavors at Trader Joe’s and I think most grocery stores carry them now. And if you can’t find them in store, them you can always order online! 

3. Fifty/Fifty Water Bottle

I love this water bottle! I found out about it through someone’s Instagram post. They had a white one with the Hawaiian islands on it and I knew I had to investigate. I was happy to find out that it was stainless steel inside! My parents went to Hawaii recently and I tasked them with finding the water bottle for me. (they don’t have the Hawaii one on the mainland) They come in multiple colors, but I love Hawaii so that one was perfect for me. They run around $20-$30 depending on what size you get. It’s great too because you can put a hot drink in it and it’ll stay hot! It’s kinda like a thermos. You can find them at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Amazon, or directly from their website. 

 

4. Old Navy Athletic Tank Tops

These tanks are great for working out, running errands, or even wearing to bed! It’s fun to mix it up with some cheeky saying tanks. I couldn’t pass up this “Lunges & Lattes” one. It’s so me and I love the forest green color. At $10 or less, you can spice up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. I think I might have to pick up a few more! 🙂 Check out all the sayings on their website!

What are some of your favorite finds? 

Whole 30 & Tips for Slaying the Sugar Dragon

Just when you think you got the sugar dragon licked, Christmas cookies show up. There’s been Christmas treats around since Thanksgiving and I never gave in, but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I let myself have a few treats. I thought, after not having sugar for over 6 months, that I’d be able to stop eating the peanut butter balls no problem. But how quickly my body forgets the Whole30 plan and turns into a sugar dragon. It’s like this switch went off and all my body wanted was more and more sugar. I couldn’t satisfy the sugar dragon!!! All my Whole30 peeps out there know what I’m talking about! That was a scary feeling. Was all my hard work so far going to go down in flames because I couldn’t get control of my cravings? Was I going to gain all 14lbs I’d lost, back  in one weekend! It sends shivers down my spine!

Today I said no more. My mind and heart know what I truly want, but my body is taking a bit longer to convince. I haven’t had any sugar today. My body is screaming for it, but I know within a few days the sugar dragon will crawl back into its hole and I’ll be rocking the Whole30 without a second thought.

I also wanted to share a few things I’ve noticed since having sugar. I haven’t slept well the past two nights. Coincidence? I think not. Since starting the Whole30, I haven’t had a problem sleeping. As long as I stick to my usual bedtime routine of reading before I turn out the light, I fall asleep promptly. But since having sugar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I’ve tossed and turned, and even though I was tired, I couldn’t fall asleep. Also, I usually go to Crossfit three days a week at 5AM. No, I’m not crazy. I just like to get it done and get on with my day. I’ve really grown to like the morning class actually. That is until this mornings class. The best way I know how to describe it is I felt like a slug. Somehow I could not catch my breath, and I could barely finish the workout! And I’ve been doing Crossfit for a couple years now! A light bulb went off in my head…SUGAR! Darn you sugar! You’re making me look like I’ve never exercised in my life. Isn’t that crazy? Don’t get me wrong. Crossfit is hard. But this was like my body would not do the movements I’ve done a hundred times. I never want to feel like that again. Sugar is no bueno.

All that to say, I’m back on the Whole30 full force! I don’t want to eat sugar because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. I’ve got a goal in mind and I’m going to press on toward. Bye, bye sugar dragon!

I’ve included a few tips below that I’ve implemented when I feel the sugar dragon coming on strong. I hope they help!

Tips for slaying the sugar dragon:

  1. Meal Prep– plan ahead of time what your going to eat the next day. Don’t think you’ll have enough willpower to say no to the snack machine or your coworkers leftover Christmas cookies. Go to the grocery store and get what you need to stay on track. Or at least have some healthy snack options at your desk so you don’t give in to the sugar dragon at work. Some Whole30 approved snacks are: RX Bars, oranges, apple and almond butter, celery and almond butter, Epic bars or other beef jerky.
  2. Exercise– After a weekend of giving in one too many times to the cookie jar, I make myself go to the gym. There’s something about working hard and sweating that makes me NOT want to eat unhealthy. It actually does the opposite! I want to fuel my body with the best since it just put out all that effort for me. Plus, I’m not going to waste all the time I spent in the gym by eating chips and donuts.
  3. Don’t be an island!-Surround yourself with like minded people who will keep you honest. Get an accountability partner. Whether it’s a friend, sister, husband, wife, whoever but get one! This has been one of the biggest reasons I’ve stayed the course this time around on the Whole30. I have two friends that I check in with every week. And I’m honest with them. I tell them when I’ve gained weight and when I’ve lost weight. They are there for me to encourage me to keep going, but also to keep me on the straight and narrow. Don’t put this off! Find someone today! If you don’t know anyone, then contact me and I’ll keep you accountable. 🙂