Friday Faves

Happy Friday.  I hope you guys have some fun plans for the weekend.  I thought I would share another installment of my current favorite things.  Just a reminder I only share the things that love and I am not paid for this.  

First up is one of my new favorite beauty products.  

Mary Kay Charcoal Mask  

I am sure you have heard the buzz all over about charcoal beauty products and this product is awesome.  Everyone in my family uses it.  Even the hubby!  So guys this is for you too.  This mask unclogs pores, absorbs oils and leaves skin feel refreshed and clean.  You can clearly see a difference after using the product.  We use it a few times a week.  Since I have fairly dry skin sometimes I only put it on the T zone of my face.  You guys have to try this!  It is a great deal too.  My mom is a Mary Kay consultant and she can hook you up with an awesome deal.  

Third Love Bras

This is another one of those companies you have probably seen all over social media.  Their bras are awesome!  I got the classic t shirt bra in naked 2.   It was a bit more money than I usually spend on a bra but it is so worth it.  When I put on my old bras I can totally tell the difference.  It is crazy!  The nice thing is that you can try it for a month and if you don’t like it you can send it back.  All you have to do is pay the shipping cost.  Try it here!  Trust me!  

Smoothie Bowls

I am on another one of my smoothie bowl kicks!  I think it is the hot weather and my usual bowl of egg white oatmeal has just not been sounding as good as usual.  So I have been trying out a bunch of differentth smoothie bowls.  They are so easy to throw together and so good.  Typically I just blend up my favorite smoothie but make it thicker.  Then I pour it out into a bowl and add some toppings like granola, chopped nuts, chia seeds, or nut butter.  You can easily enjoy this as a tasty dessert too!  Be careful though the extras can add up and these can be full of calories.  

This is one of my go to smoothie bowl recipes:

  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • ½ of a frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • Approximately ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depending on the thickness you like)

Sometimes I add in maca powder, coconut oil, or green vibrance.  These are just optional.  Blend until the consistency is similar to soft serve ice cream.  A high powered blender helps.  Top with your toppings of choice and enjoy!  

I would love to hear what your current faves are so leave me a note in the comments.  Have an awesome weekend! 

ABSOLUTELY Awesome Ab Workout

Hey guys I hope you are having a great week.  I thought I would share this core workout I did last week.  You guys I was sore all week!  I love that.  This workout is core focused however there is a little bit of cardio and upper body toning as well.  For this workout you will need a set of light to medium weights and a mat.  The first part of the workout is all standing, the second section is planks, and the last section is mat work.  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know if you were as sore as I was.  

Ab Workout

If  you need guides for each exercise this is a great resource:  https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises.  If you have additional questions you can comment below or email me. I am hoping this summer to film some of my workouts to share with you guys!  

Have a great week!

Friday I’m In Love: Things I am Into Lately

Things I am loving Lately

I hope you are all having an amazing week.   People always ask me about my favorite snacks, recipes, workouts, and products.  So I thought I would share the things I have been into lately.  

This Book

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

This book is awesome.  I just finished up a women’s group and we studied this book.  It really spoke to me.  It was a great reminder to stay present.  Leave behind all the busyness and franticness.  If you get a chance read it!  It will change the way you think and act!  

Collagen Peptides by Sports Research

I ran out of these and kept forgetting to order them.  It had been about a month of not taking them and I could tell a difference in both my skin and my digestion.  I will definitely be keeping this as one of my supplements. I like to mix it in my morning coffee before I hit the gym.  You cannot even taste it.   You can read more about the benefits of Collagen here

 

Tulsi Tea

A friend of me got me into drinking this tea in the evening.  She suggested I try it to help with stress, anxiety and combat sleep issues.  According to the package, some of the benefits are stress relief, aids digestion, anti-aging and boosts the immune system.  I am currently drinking the Organic India Lemon Ginger flavor.  It does have a bit of a ginger bite to it, but I like that!  I have noticed that it does provide a calming effect after a stressful day and can help me relax prior to bed.  I do drink it a few hours before bedtime to avoid nighttime potty breaks.  

 

Spartan Workouts

Since I did the Spartan last summer I still get emails with the workouts and some of them are awesome.  I haven’t done this workout in a while and it is a killer.  If you are preparing for a Spartan Race I highly recommend it.  I am still sore!!!

RX Bars

Have you guys tried these?  These bars are so good and so clean!  I personally love the peanut butter flavor the best.  I like to eat these as dessert or as a pre-run snack with my coffee.  

 

New Vegan Shakeology Flavors

I love Shakeology!  Now they have added 2 new vegan flavors.  Vanilla and Cafe Latte!  I love the Chocolate flavor.  I am so glad that I have two new flavors to add to my daily Shakeology habit.  If you have never tried Shakeology you have to try it.  It has made a huge difference in my overall health and well being.  I am a Beachbody Coach so feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the products. 

http://www.shakeology.com/4livingthewrightway

Have an amazing weekend! 

*Disclaimer I am an Amazon associate and do get paid by Amazon for some advertising.  The money earned goes directly back to supporting my blog.  I only recommend the products I love!

 

Got Stinky Workout Clothes?

Hey guys, I hope you had a great week.  I am up early and washing laundry, I know it sounds super fun right?  Since I workout every day I thought I would share a few tips for washing your workout gear.  This is an updated post since I have found a new method I think works great. 


Ok I know this is gross, but I know I am not the only one who has this problem.  Stinky gym clothes!  Even my daughters have it from track and basketball uniforms.   I try to buy fabrics that are wicking and anti-stink, but I still face the problem of smelly workout gear.  I set out to find ways to refresh my gym clothes.   I searched all over the internet and asked my friends what they do and here is what I came up with.  This is the first method I have tried and one that I plan to try today when I am spring cleaning my closet.

Method 1

Pre-Soak All Clothes In Water, Vinegar (I didn’t measure it) and Essential Oils (Young Living PurificationPurification Oil).  I let my clothes soak in the sink for a few hours.  Then I threw them in the washing machine with a ½ cup of baking soda and about 4 drops of purification.  I washed them on cold and I did two rinses on my washing machine.  This seemed to get most of the smell out.  After the wash I always hang up my clothes to dry. Never dry your workout clothes in the dryer, this will bake that smell in.  

Method 2

Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your washing machine and pre-soak items.  If you don’t have the setting on your washing machine you can do this in the sink too.  If your items still stink you can soak your clothing in your sink with 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 teaspoons of baking soda, then wash them in your washing machine with the vinegar and baking soda as mentioned.  

Method 3 (my new preferred method)

Use a detergent designed for workout clothing.  There are a few brands outWashing Workout Clothes there and they tend to be a bit more pricey than normal detergents.  I personally have been using the Sweat X Sport brand that I bought at our local sporting goods store.  It was about $18, but a little goes a long way.  According to the bottle “Sweat X is a specially formulated, high performance laundry cleaning system that is uniquely designed to lift and remove embedded foul odors and the toughest stains from all fabrics.”  I think this stuff really works!  To me it is worth the cost. 

 

Personally I have tried all methods and I think they all work well but for me method 3 works the best!  One key tip is to not throw your stinky wet clothes into a wet pile in your laundry basket.  If you leave your sweaty clothes in a wet pile they could breed mold, bacteria, and cause even more stink!  Wash immediately if you can!  After washing the key is to not dry your clothing because that causes the smell to bake into your clothes.  Hang dry or if you have to dry the clothing on an air dry setting. 

If you have a method you like to use I would love to hear about it.  And if you can’t get the smell out with those methods it’s time to buy new gym clothes!  Who doesn’t like new gym clothes!  

Have a great weekend.

Do I need new workout shoes?

When To Buy New Shoes

Happy Monday!  It has been very warm here in Boise, Idaho.  This morning for my run it was 70 degrees at 5:45 am.  I need new running shoes big time!  Especially with my favorite race the Sawtooth Relay coming up this weekend.  I am a creature of habit and have been buying the same running shoes over and over again for the past 10 years.  I just love them, so I never switch things up.  People often ask me when they should replace their current fitness or running shoes.  So I did a little bit of research and used my own experience to point them in the right direction.  I thought I would share a bit of advice on this topic with my readers as well.  I think having the right shoe for your workout is very important.  Often times I will see people new to my fitness classes with obviously old shoes and then they will complain about foot and knee pain.  I will ask them when they bought their shoes and I am surprised at how old some people’s  shoes are!  Here are a few suggestions and tips from my experience with workout shoes.  

For Fitness Classes (boot camp, cross fit, interval training, aerobics, fitness classes)

I recommend a cross trainer.  Cross trainers are designed specifically for forward, backward, and lateral movement.  I would also recommend that you get the right shoe for your workout type.  If you take a Zumba class a cross trainer may not be the right shoe for you.  I would recommend purchasing a shoe from a store that you can get fitted properly in the right shoe and has a return policy that will allow you to try the shoe in your workout and then return it if needed.  

For Running

I highly recommend going to a specialty running store and getting fitted for your running shoe.  Most of these stores will work with you to find the perfect fitting shoe for your running needs.  And if the shoe doesn’t work for you, the majority of these stores let you try your shoes on your next few runs and if they don’t work you can return them.  After you get fitted and find that perfect shoe, stick with it!  I have been wearing the same shoe for a few years now.  I just keep buying the same shoe just a newer version.  Runner’s World Magazine reccomends replacing your running shoes after 300-500 miles.  For me, I can usually tell when I need to buy new shoes.  For example, right now my running shoes have holes on the heel  area so I know I need to buy some!  I usually go more by feel, how they are wearing and if I am experiencing any knee or foot pain.  

Here are just a few more tips:

  • Don’t pick a shoe just because it looks good.  
  • Make sure it fits properly (get sized)
  • Try on shoes early in the day to avoid swollen feet, my husband bought a pair of shoes the other night and had to return them because they did not fit the next morning!
  • Only wear your shoes when working out or running
  • Go to a speciality shoe store in your area
  • Shoes are expensive, but a great investment.  Trust me it is worth it!  
  • Get some nice socks too (my fave: injinji toe socks)

Friday Fave

I discovered a new treat that I am obsessed with. Lenny and Larry’s complete cookies.  I have always wanted to give these a try so I did.  The flavor I tried was double chocolate peanut butter swirl.  They are YUMMY.  There is two servings per cookie, so you have to be careful not to devour the entire thing in one sitting.  They are tasty, vegan, dairy free, soy free and non-gmo.  I originally bought them for my daughters, so that I could trick them into thinking I made cookies (yeah that didn’t work), but I ended up trying one and liking it.  They are pretty tasty and satisfy that baked goods craving I sometimes get and my daughters are in love with them too.  I can’t wait to try the other flavors and I think they have brownies too!  Who doesn’t want to try a healthy brownie topped with some banana “ice cream”.