Friday, October 22, 2010

CSN Stores Upcoming Review

CSN Stores is an online one-stop shop for anything and everything you could ever want for your household, office, children, and pets. CSN offers so many different things from 200+ stores, like bar and barstool sets, dining room sets, all the way to exercise equipment and health equipment for the elderly.

There are literally thousands of items to choose from, and products for every style and budget. I will be given the opportunity to review a product from CSN Stores soon, and can't decide what I want to review.

I do want a new pair of dress shoes for a wedding I will be a bridesmaid in this coming March, so I was thinking these Monaco sandals. They look easy to walk in during winter. :

But perhaps I want to get some flats:

Or...something totally different?

What would YOU get?

Weight Loss Adventure: Not Giving Up

So last weekend I freaked out and ate a Reese's peanut butter cup and a fun-size Snickers. In the past, these would be like nothing to me. But ever since I have started focusing on my Atkins Adventure, sugar equals halted weight loss. Not only did I feel guilty right away, but I could not believe that the Snickers actually tasted BAD! Like, something just didn't taste right, it wasn't the good ol' Snickers I was expecting. So even though it wasn't good that I ate the candy, I was happy to find out that my tastes have changed and sugary carb-filled foods that once were like a drug for me are no longer as great as I remember.

I was frustrated that I had halted my weight loss because in Atkins when you have too much of a blood sugar spike, your body goes out of ketosis (fat-burning mode) and you experience bloating and halted weight loss. It's just not worth it to go "off" the wagon anymore! BUT, I am happy to report that today I am down 2 more pounds, putting me at a total of 14 pounds lost! I REALLY hope I can keep this up and lose 8 more pounds before Thanksgiving, which would help me reach my first major goal of losing 22 pounds and then I will be almost halfway to where I want to be!

I know I can do it, it's just a matter of sticking with it. I have learned that weight loss and maintenance is more about consistency and less about exactly what plan or diet you do. If you are consistent with your diet or exercise program, you will lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. If you do the old up and down, back and forth, this diet and that diet, high carb and low carb, etc etc, it's inevitable that your weight will spike up and down. I did this for the longest time. But this time I am sticking with low carb and I am going to follow the other 3 phases exactly so that I can slowly add in more carbs and whole grains while I keep losing weight and then get to the maintenance phase and keep my weight steady after that. Consistency and gradual changes are the key. I am not giving up and I am not going to eat anymore candy bars - losing weight feels so much better than eating a funny-tasting Snickers!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celsius Supplement Drink Review

Celsius – “Your Ultimate Fitness Partner” - is a pre-exercise supplement drink that helps to burn calories, boost metabolism, reduce body fat, increase endurance, and provide lasting energy when you drink it before physical activity. It is backed by six clinical scientific studies and has been shown to help burn calories.

Celsius contains no sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and it’s very low in sodium. It is powered by a proprietary blend of ingredients: MetaPlus which includes Green Tea with EGCG, Ginger, Caffeine, Calcium, Chromium, B Vitamins and Vitamic C.

I am very impressed with the fact that Celsius does not contain aspartame. I have heard so many negative things about aspartame and just recently decided to avoid it because I have read that it inhibits weight loss as well. So I looked through all my sugar free drink mixes and even SlimQuick drink mix, and guess what – they all contain aspartame! But not Celsius, it is natural and contains only good and healthy ingredients that I can actually pronounce.

I was wary of tasting the Celsius drinks I received for review since they don’t have artificial flavors, but they were actually good and quite refreshing. I especially enjoyed the sparkling orange and wild berry. The non-carbonated cans of Celsius were great too. I also received a pack of Celsius “On-The-Go” stick packets, which is awesome because I love taking drink mixes to work. Even if Celsius wasn't a calorie-burning drink, I would still drink it just for the fact that it’s a healthy alternative to sugar free drink mixes. And it has little or no carbs, which is also a plus for me since I am doing a low-carb diet.

The materials say to drink Celsius 15 minutes prior to moderate exercise, but I drank most of the cans even when I was just working around the house and not really doing a workout, but still getting some physical activity. I still feel like it was effective in helping with my energy levels and boosting my metabolism. And with almost no calories or carbs, this is definitely the pre-exercise drink I would choose. I am about to start training for a 10K (I know, I don't believe I can do it either!) and I think Celsius will be great to drink before my runs.

Celsius is available at many mass retailers and grocery stores like Walmart, Cub Foods, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, and Shopko. 

Disclaimer: I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own experiences with the product. Individual results may vary. No other compensation was given.

Monday, October 18, 2010

SOMbands Review & Giveaway

 **Giveaway Winner - Comment #2, Anne!**

Have you ever been in such a negative mood that it is impossible to get out of your head and just focus on the task at hand? I have those moments all the time - instead of focusing on what I'm doing or what I should be doing, I spend time worrying and stressing out about things I can't control. And the more I think about something negative, the worse I feel.

Which is why I always need to be reminded that Happiness is a state of mind. And thanks to my new SOMband bracelet, I can be reminded of this every day! The Yellow "Happiness" SOMband reminds me that it's all a state of mind -- If I constantly put myself in a negative state of mind, of course I won't be happy. So why not think positive and smile...And be HAPPY!

Charles R. Swindoll once said, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it." Does that mean that by changing our reactions to the things that happen to us we can change our lives? YES! This fact has been proven time and time again. The mind is a powerful thing; it can turn around disease and get one through seemingly impossible situations. SOMbands remind us that we can overcome life's most challenging obstacles by changing our state of mind.

The different colors of bracelets correspond to each phrase, since viewing and wearing certain colors can have a powerful effect on mood and psyche. Yellow is meant to stimulate nerves and purify the body. We often hear of yellow as a "happy" color, so it makes sense that it corresponds with the Happiness bracelet.

The thing I like best about SOMbands aside from the positive phrases, is the face that each bracelet has reflective material on it, which is very nice for outdoor activities, even just walking the dog in the evening, throw on a SOMband to remind yourself to have a positive state of mind and stay visible in the dark. SOMbands are washable and recyclable, plus they are comfortable to wear. I will be wearing mine a lot!

Buy It: You can purchase SOMbands online for $5.99.
Win It: Enter here to win a Green Pain SOMband 
("Pain is just a state of mind")
Here's How to Enter: 
Leave a comment for each entry and include a way for me to contact you.
Mandatory Entry: Tell me which SOMband phrase/color is your favorite.

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Contest Details: Giveaway will end on Monday, October 25 at 11:59 pm (CT). Open to US residents only. Winner will be drawn via number generator Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply.

Disclaimer: I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own experiences with the product. Individual results may vary. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored or compensated in any way for this post about hypnosis. These are my own opinions and experiences, and I am not advocating that hypnosis is the best or only way to achieve weight loss results!

I just wanted to write a post about the hypnosis for weight loss session that I participated in the other night because I think it's interesting. Obviously it was just two nights ago so I can't share any results. Also, since I am working hard on my Atkins Adventure, I really will have no evidence of whether or not the hypnosis helps my weight loss or not anyway. But it can't hurt, and I like the idea of hypnosis for other reasons that I will share.

Every year we get a brochure of the community education programs and courses offered in our area. One of those programs was Hypnosis for Weight Loss. There was also a Hypnosis to Stop Smoking. My mom and I attended the Weight Loss hypnosis session. When you think about hypnosis, you might think of those entertainment shows where an audience member is hypnotized into doing something crazy on stage. This hypnosis is different. You can move, you're in control of your body, and you are aware of things around you. You can even fall asleep and your subconscious mind will still hear everything.

Before the group session, the doctor explained that everyone experiences hypnosis differently. They may feel absolutely nothing. Or they may feel heavy and relaxed. Some people even fall asleep - my mom did! The doctor also explained that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so if you don't think it will work, it won't. This can be said for lots of things in life - the self-fulfilling prophecy. Anyway, she spent a half hour talking about what foods to avoid and different weight loss tips which I thought was nice. She explained that even though we are trying hypnosis, it's just an aid, not a miracle. You still have to make conscious decisions about what to eat. I believe this is why hypnosis is very individualized - it might work great for one person and not work at all for another.

Aside from the group hypnosis session, you also get a CD with the same type of hypnosis on it, which you're supposed to listen to every night for at least 30 days. I have previously had this CD from a few years ago, and the best thing about it is that it puts you right to sleep. The doctor pointed out that this CD can be great for anyone with trouble sleeping or insomnia. I think if nothing else, I will continue using the CD to help me sleep! It's great.

Another thing I liked about hypnosis is that she directed us to include our own personal goals into the session, by mentally saying them to ourselves during hypnosis. This can be done with the CD too. Like I said, I don't know yet if it "worked" or not, but I do know that I'm getting an awesome night's sleep thanks to the CD and that I feel more in control of my goals. We can also attend any other group weight loss hypnosis sessions now that we have a lifetime member card, so if we want to go again to renew our weight loss, we can. There was a lady at this session who had already done the hypnosis months ago and lost 23 pounds. So like I said, it can work for some people. It's worth a try anyway.

Also, the doctor talked about diet pop and aspartame before the hypnosis session. I always thought the dangers of aspartame were a myth, so I'm mad because now I want to avoid diet pop and sugarfree drink mixes with aspartame since they might stall weight loss which leaves me with plain old water. Oh well!

Have you ever done anything like hypnosis for weight loss or another type of program?

If you have any questions or want information on the session I attended, feel free to contact me or visit the hypnosis clinic's website at New Way Hypnosis Clinic.

Atkins Adventure, Week 5: Making Progress and Sticking With It

Well, it's official - I've lost 12 pounds! I don't know how I lost 4 pounds in the last week, but I weighed myself several times this morning to make sure the scale wasn't lying to me. I hope it's not just one of those one-day things and I won't weigh in next week to find those 4 pounds back on. But, I have to THINK POSITIVE!

I guess I do know how I lost those 4 pounds, I stuck with the program! I was getting disheartened because I have sacrificed so much for this diet program but the scale wasn't moving the past few weeks... Suffice it to say that when the scale does move, I feel that much more motivated to keep going! I think what's hard is that I'm still on the strictest phase of Atkins and I still cannot have fruit. I love apples and had to have a few bites the other night because Fall is the best time for apples. I am sad without my apples!! But when the scale moves I remember why I am going without them for now.

I'm not going to lie, I am getting sick of eggs. They are so easy and great, but dang, I am just sick of them. So for this week I have avoided eggs and tried to do some different things. I had a chuck roast in the freezer that I had gotten awhile ago, so I threw that in the crock pot and it was delicious plus extremely easy. I think the crock pot will be a God-send for this whole meat-eating thing, since I hate cooking meat.

Last night I went to Applebee's with my friend and ordered a small steak with grilled shrimp on it. It was delicious, and there was some broccoli on the side, but it wasn't very much, so I ended up eating half of the baked potato that came with it. And I felt GUILTY. Can you believe it - guilty for eating a baked potato? I only felt guilty since I know it was more than 20 net carbs which is what I'm supposed to stick to for the Induction phase, but for me that's a good sign to feel guilty eating a potato considering I never used to feel guilty eating a Whopper Junior and fries. Anyway, that is the one nice thing about Atkins is that even though it seems kind of restrictive, it doesn't give me the option to have the foods I end up binging on. I have realized that my self-control isn't all that great, so when I tried keeping track of Weight Watchers points, I would go overboard since I could "still have" all the good stuff. With Atkins, it's just not an option and it seems easier to overcome my cravings that way.

Well that's all for now, later today I'll be sharing a post about Hypnosis for weight loss that I tried through a community education program.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Atkins Adventure, Week 4: Stuck in a Rut

So I got my Little in the Middle jeans back from the tailor yesterday and just had to try them on right away! I wrote a review of these jeans over at Cheapskate 4 Life and they fit me perfectly, although they were too long. So I spent $6 to get them tailored (which was a small price to pay for an awesome pair of jeans!) I think they look pretty good, don't you? Of course, this is a very slimming photo of me, lol. I had to get size 18.1 which is 18 in the waist and 20 in the hips. So it's not all that exciting since I still have a LONG ways to go on my journey to health. But it's nice to have jeans that fit right and feel good! :)

On another note, I feel like I am in a slump. I am still on Phase 1 of Atkins (Induction) since you can choose to stay longer than 2 weeks if you have over 30 pounds to lose. Well I definitely have more than 30 to lose, but the scale hasn't budged the past few weeks. Plus I feel bloated and fat. I have been sacrificing a lot diet-wise with no alcohol, no sugar, etc. And even though I haven't had time to workout a ton, I've been at least doing a good workout once or twice a week. So why the slump? Any ideas on what I can do to rev up my weight-loss and get my body past this plateau?

Well anyway, hope you all are having a great Friday and enjoy a beautiful Fall weekend!

P.S. - Exciting news - I will be doing reviews and giveaways for some exciting stuff soon, including a Kalyx running bra and Crystal Light sugar free candies! I hope that these new reviews will help me get motivated and reach my goals!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Do you think the neighborhood kids will hate me if I hand out 100-calorie snack packs and Crystal Light Pure Fitness packets on Halloween? Or maybe (hopefully) they will welcome getting something different, but still delicious!

I love these snacks, they don't taste like "health food", so I think kids will enjoy them. And the Crystal Light Pure Fitness are naturally-flavored so they don't have artificial ingredients like other low-calorie drink mixes, but yet they taste amazing!

I just want to do something different this year. And since I live on a frontage road, we don't get very many trick-or-treaters. So I figure, why not give them something good for them that isn't lame like an apple or toothpaste?

What are you going to hand out to trick-or-treaters this year?


Spiritual Health

Being healthy doesn't always mean physically - it also means emotionally, spiritually and mentally. So if you have religious beliefs, make sure you take time for your spiritual health and for your faith.

I heard this poem the other day after the passing of a good friend's relative, and just thought it was a very comforting thought, especially for anyone who has lost a loved one:

Written by B.M. Franklin (1882-1965)

My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaves so skillfully.

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why-

The dark threads are as needful,
In The Weaver’s skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Terrifying Tuesday blog hop

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