Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks

It's Monday here on the blog, and this is the day we stop to be thankful for the little things in life. Monday is usually a terrible day for everyone. It's hard getting back into the swing of things after having two or three days off, but stopping for a minute to remember the things in your life that make you happy can lighten the tone of the day.

My five for the week:

1) Appliances - the other day I was washing dishes, doing laundry, and making dinner at the same time. Modern technology is a great thing!

2) Days off - this week I had a problem with my allergies and because of that my eye was inflamed. I took Friday off to go get it checked out. Itchy inflamed eye aside it was great to be able to sleep in for an hour and make breakfast and spend the rest of the day relaxing while I waited on the doctor to call me (I got put on "the list").

3) Movie marathons - the boy and I had one last night and it was the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday night.

4) My split coffee table - I have two parsons tables in my living room that I normally have pushed together to make one large table, but when there are multiple people in my living room they can be separated and moved where ever they are needed. It makes my life so much easier.

5) Purse sized notebooks - I've been writing blog ideas, video ideas, and to-do lists like a madwoman this weekend so it's been great having a notebook in my purse at all times.

What are your five for this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 2013 Birchbox Unbox



It's my favorite day of the month - the day my Birchbox gets here!! This month's theme is Power Plays, so Birchbox is focusing on products that do more than one thing at a time like prep and protect or moisturize and repair. They have also paired up with the USA show Suits. I've never seen the show so I can't personally promote it.

This month I received:

No 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect

Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

Birchbox Bobby Pins

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Get Naked

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

As always, I will try the products over the course of the month and review them at the end of it! If you want your own Birchbox, go to http://birch.ly/11D27Z1

What did you get in your box? Do you subscribe to any other box services? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, July 12, 2013

June 2013 Birchbox Review



Wow I failed on getting this video done! Better late than never, right? My camera did decide to freeze up while I was reviewing the Color Club Wanderlust Collection nail polish which was unfortunate. I will tell you that I did not like it. It peeled off after only 3 days, and that was with a base coat and a top coat.

If you would like to get your own Birchbox, you can sign up at http://birch.ly/11D27Z1

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jamie Eason 12 Week LiveFit Trainer - Full Review



I have finally gotten as far into the LiveFit trainer as I can. I have a very small gym, no Smith machine, no spotter, and I have a broke girl budget. That being said, I love the program and I think it's laid out very well. My personal feeling is that if you have a big enough gym, enough time to cook all of your meals ahead of time, enough money to pay for all of the extra ingredients and supplements, and a spotter you can probably complete the full 12 weeks exactly as they're written. If you're like me and you're working out alone as well as supporting your household budget on your own then my recommendation would be to follow the program as closely as you can for as long as you can, and then take the information that you have learned and apply it to your own workouts.

What I Did:

I stuck to the lifting program up through the first 6 weeks. I don't go to a big corporate gym - my job provides us with a little gym at work (right across from my department's front door!) that we can use for free. It's not set up for bodybuilding, but it's great for keeping yourself in shape and getting your daily cardio in. Whenever I got to an exercise that was too hard for me to do in my gym by myself I went to the Exercise Database on Bodybuilding.com and found an alternate exercise that I could do on my own. Once the negative sets started I wasn't able to do them. A negative set is when someone helps you lift about twice your normal limit and then you lower it on your own. At the end of the rep, your spotter helps you get it back up. Like I said earlier, I have no spotter. There's usually not even another person in the gym when I'm there. I had to skip the negative sets. Then the drop sets started. Those were a little easier for me considering it's just lifting to failure, then lowering the weight as quickly as you can and lifting that to failure, and so on until you can literally not lift another rep.

The Food:

Oh the diet plan for this workout! You end up eating so much! This was hard for me. I came off of a year eating eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch, some sort of lean protein for dinner, and vegetables for snacks. On LiveFit you are literally eating every three hours. That's a lot of food - twice what I was normally eating. The purpose is to give your body the fuel it needs to burn and build muscle so you don't go into catabolism where your body is using muscle as fuel. It defeats the entire purpose of lifting. However you can imagine what doubling the amount that you're eating would do to your grocery budget - it doubles it! Plus a lot of what she recommends for you to eat are homemade protein bars and of course your post workout protein shake. I personally don't have $60 to spend on a tub of protein every couple of weeks. I have a dog and a construction worker to feed as well as myself, so it got very difficult for me afford the program. I ended up adding more eggs to breakfast, eating tuna packs as a morning snack, sticking to my chicken for lunch, and eating my regular dinner as close to finishing my workout as possible. Even slimming the program down it was very difficult to stick to. A lot of nights I didn't get home until after 6:30 and then I had to cook because for some reason the boy wouldn't start dinner until I was pulling in the driveway. I also don't like to eat after 8 pm but with HAVING to to eat after my workout that wasn't always possible.

My Overall Opinion:

I still think it's a great program IF you can follow it. If you have the budget for it I think you will benefit from it. In my case, I did not. I gained everything that I had lost back, so now I have to start all over again. I did learn a lot about lifting and nutrition from this program, though, and I feel that that knowledge will be invaluable to me in the future. I do plan on continuing my own training and I will share that information with you here.

If you would like to try LiveFit go to: http://www.bodybuilding.com/LiveFit

Have you tried LiveFit? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!