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If I were to be a sports drink type of girl I would drink this one.. Body Armor Review

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Hey guys! I hope you all are having an excellent week. Like most people I enjoy a flavored drink every now and then but I try to steer clear of them. I quit drinking soda, juice etc about 12 years ago. I may indulge in one of those drinks a handful of times a year. One thing I do not drink is sports drinks since they are usually filled with un natural ingredients, sodium and sugar overload. When I think of sports drinks, I think of all the un natural bright colors that they come in. Anything that looks like that, should not be consumed by people! I am thirsty all of the time but plain old water is almost always my drink of choice.

I was given the opportunity to try Body Armor. Body Armor is a sports drink out on the market that is a healthier version than your regular sports drink. From the company:

BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration and is loaded with electrolytes, vitamins and coconut water. In fact,  BODYARMOR has 2.5 times the electrolytes of other sports drinks. I’m sure you’re aware of the importance of proper hydration, especially during the hot summer weather. BODYARMOR is high in potassium and low
sodium and contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners –and it tastes great – making it easy to enjoy and stay hydrated.

The best part about Body Armor is the natural ingredients. I usually stay away from drink like Gatorade because of the added colors and chemicals. We all know that nothing is natural about the colors that the usual sports drink comes in. Here is the best part to BodyArmor:  there are no artificial flavors, colors. or sweeteners.

I decided to give it a try. I can report that it is delicious and I did not feel the guilt I would normally feel from consuming a sugary beverage. Although it does still contain a great deal of sugar. The bottle says it contains 2 servings but most people would see it as 1 and it has 140 calories per serving.

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I enjoyed the samples that I was given and if I was to recommend a sports drink this would be it. Since I am not the type of gal that uses sports drinks, I will be sticking to my plain water. If you are a sports drink consumer and you are looking for something that is all natural,  give this one a try!

http://drinkbodyarmor.com/

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*Though the brand sent me these products for review, all opinions are my own, and completely based on my own experience with these products.

 

 

Motivation Monday

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This is totally how I feel right now. I had started out almost 30 days ago vowing to make changes. Well I am sad to say that I did not stick to the challenge that I had promised to finish. The problem is that I had set out on this 30 day challenge saying that I would not be to strict or be to hard on myself. It turns out I need to be strict and I need to be harder on myself. I did not set enough rules or goals to be able to hold myself accountable. One rest day a week turned into 3 or 4. I promised to work out a little each day. With that I was satisfied with doing as little as one set of squats and would consider it a work out or better than nothing. Closing out that 30 days I have actually gained 4 pounds. I know I said weight was not important in this challenge but how else was I going to be able to measure my success. I have learned a valuable lesson from this and going into my 60 day PIYO challenge I will hold myself accountable everyday. I will be posting my routine and eating plan on my fridge. That way it will be staring me in the face everyday. How many of you will be joining me on the 60 day PIYO Challenge??


Trying to Love My Post Baby Body But It Is Not Working…

 

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Hey Guys! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I was sitting here thinking about my upcoming 60 day PIYO challenge and I am starting to get really excited. I need to get back on track. I have been trying to get back to my fitness routines since the baby was born in March and it has been a huge struggle. I fell in love with working out many years ago. If I go back about 12 years, I was in a rut and hated my body. I was afraid of the scale but when I finally weighed myself I was the heaviest I had ever been. I made a decision then to go hardcore and lose the weight. I worked extremely hard and lost almost 50 pounds in 3 months. Since then I had found a love for fitness and made it a huge priority in my life. Then came the baby.

I worked out through out my pregnancy and felt fantastic. I gained the exact amount of weight that was considered good for my body and the baby. I was positive that once the baby was born I would be back in the gym and back to my pre-baby weight in no time. The picture above is a very happy me a few weeks before giving birth. In the weeks after the baby, the pounds just dropped off. I was losing fluid rapidly and the next thing you knew I was 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. Then it stopped. I started gaining weight and I figured that once I was allowed to go back to the gym I would be just as determined as ever. Well I got the go ahead from my Dr back in May. I have been to the gym 4 times since then. I have now gained over 10 pounds since I had almost been back at my pre-baby weight and have no motivation to get up and go. That being said, I hate my post baby body. It feels good to actually write that out. As much as Jon tells me I look great and I hear it from friends and family. I hate my body the way it is right now. Normally that would be enough to get me to get my butt in gear and workout but so far not so much.

Having a baby has taken the energy out of me. By the time Jon comes home from work and I could leave and go to the gym, I just do not want to. By the end of the day I am physically and emotionally exhausted. All I want to do is have a glass of wine and put my feet up. I have also become a stress eater. The baby has a huge meltdown I am reaching for something to eat. I have no idea why but for some reason that makes me feel better. Have any of you ever felt that way. I used to make sure we had absolutely no snack foods in the house. I now find myself buying things like cookies, candies and chips. I really need this 60 day challenge to get me back in gear. I hope that some of you will join me. Starting on September 1st I will be sticking to this program if it is the last thing I do! Come on Mom’s out there let’s do this together.


Friday Favorites

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Good Morning NYC Fit Food Fashion readers. I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend. This weekend Jon will be taking off for a bachelor weekend, for a friend of his that is getting married in a few weeks. Since he will be away over night, I will be alone with Emma for over 24 hours for the first time. I hope this little teething beauty behaves for me but I am not going to lie I am a little nervous about this weekend. Wish me luck! Here is a look at some of my favorite things from this week:

Favorite Beauty Product: Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Masque. I have been having problem hair since giving birth. I hate my post partum hair! I decided to give this hair mask a try and prayed that it would give life back to my hair after baby. It definitely restored some of the moisture and left it feeling silky and soft. This is a product I will be using at least once a month.

Favorite Snack: I am totally obsessed with Quaker Popped Rice Cake Snacks. When I am craving something sweet, I have been having a handful of the caramel flavored ones. They help to curb my cravings.

Favorite Blog: I have been reading Erica D House‘s Blog for quite a while. I actually have been reading it since long before I had started my own blog. She has some great posts on fitness, food, running and just life in general. Check it out!

Favorite Clothing Item: My new soft pants from American Eagle. They are super comfy and stylish. That is a hard combination to find. I can dress them up or dress them down. Since having the baby I am always on the lookout for wardrobe pieces that can be worn in a variety of different ways. Comfort has become a lot more important to me these days.

Favorite TV Show: Bachelor in Paradise (pictured above) is amazing. If you are not watching it, you have to. Nothing better than watching Bachelor/Bachelorette rejects try to find love with each other. Obviously it is like watching the best train wreck possible.

What are some of your Friday Favorites?