Archive for Health and Fitness
I got the opportunity to try out a new fitness app that’s been in the works for quite some time called SlimKicker. There is a great review on LifeHacker that you can read by clicking here if you’d like. So what is SlimKicker? It’s a program & app that keeps track of your diet & exercise so you can be accountable and lose some weight.
I’m HomemadeMom on SlimKicker if anyone wants to join me in my fitness challenge!
The nitty gritty:
This app provides challenges that you join. Like no snacks after dinner, 10 wall squats a day, move during commercials, a salad a day, and then some! Each challenge is for 7 days. After completing that challenge you get points that will help to move you to the next level, or “level up”!
If you’ve been using My Fitness Pal this is very similar. You can chat with friends, login from a pc as well as an iPhone, track your meals & workouts, but no challenges in My Fitness Pal. The challenges really help keep you motivated!
The only negative I’ve seen is that if you do this only on your iPhone you cannot change the avatar picture to one of yourself. This can only be done on a computer.
Here are some helpful screen shots from the app:
This part is one of my favorites! I like how easy it is to visually see where I’m lacking, but not just that. It quickly shows you when you go over too! This was extremely helpful when I learned that I exceeded my sugars by lunch time! Yikes!
You can download it for FREE from iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. So download it NOW, friend me and force me to walk away from the computer and work out! That’s what I need to be doing!
CoolSculpting® is a new procedure developed by Harvard scientists that basically freezes your fat cells! It does not damage the skin, there is no knife, and no suction hoses. Not even one needle! Can you believe that! You can go back to what you were doing immediately after the procedure too! It takes about an hour and you will typically see a 20% reduction of fat after just one visit! Just imagine! After additional visits you will lose even more!
It has been approved by the FDA, it’s completely non-invasive with NO downtime! Isn’t that amazing?!?
They have some really amazing testimonials and videos. I really enjoyed the news segment from Good Morning America! Dr. Oz was talking about it to so you know it has to be good!
I’m a relatively new mom. My baby just turned 2, and despite my new workout regimin I still have a “mommy belly” complete with a side of love handles. It seems that no matter what I do I can’t flatten out those areas! I’m even watching what I eat, trying to eat a rainbow every day by adding more fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains and lean meats. What has all of that gotten me? Well, I feel more energetic, I feel that I have greater endurance. I’m not so tired after playing with the kids in the yard for just a few minutes. I can last longer on the trampoline too! I still have that muffin top though! This proceedure sounds perfect for the new mom trying to get her pre-baby body back. It is a little pricey, but much cheaper than invasive surgery and liposuction!
It’s not for the person trying to lose weight, this procedure is for the person that has pesky fat left after doing a variety of things to try and get rid of it. It’s perfect for the belly, love handles, upper thighs and arms too!
Here’s another video I found really intriguing on YouTube. She has the “mommy belly” that I was talking about.
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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, all writing is my own.
I am so lucky to tell you that I get to try out 20 Second Fitness and share the results with all of you! I don’t have a lot of weight to lose, but I’d like to lose 20 pounds, firm up, lose my mommy belly and get more upper body strength. I’ve tried different programs only to find that I really don’t have the time to dedicate to it. I am a busy mom of 3 boys and this program starts with just 4 minutes a day! You can do it too! Here is what I received:
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Here is the Creator and host, Spencer Larson. He’s so full of energy that it makes doing the workouts really fun! The program is made up of HIT (High Intensity Training). Meaning that you do a series of workouts at a very fast, intense rate for a short amount of time.
So for day 1 I did the cross country ski, plank, push ups and curls. You do these moves for 20 seconds of high intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeat the set and you have a very effective 4 minute workout!
Check out the video to fully understand:
Want to learn more? Watch the 20 Second Fitness YouTube videos, ask him a question on Facebook or send Spencer a Tweet! Don’t you always wonder if the host has ever struggled with weight a day in their life? Well, here’s a great before and after picture of Spencer…
I think he looked good before, but the after is definitely improved! I think we all want to have a lean body and this program is something I can stick with. So I encourage you to follow along with me and if you’re feeling motivated, buy the program and get started today!
I am not the only blogger reviewing 20 Second Fitness. Want to see what everyone else thinks? Check them out:
So are you thinking about buying it yet? How about FREE shipping! Just enter Homemade Mom at checkout for your discount!!!
Lately I have health and wellness on my mind. I want to be healthy for my boys and I also want to be physically & mentally well for them. Not just for them though, for myself too. I want to lose a few pounds, tone up and get heart healthy.
I found a website that gives a very simple description of what vitamins your body needs and thought I’d share it with all of you.
You can follow my fitness journey at 10minutemomentum.com. I started a few months ago and completely lost my mojo. Now with the promise of a new year I’m going at it with new motivation. I want to be physically fit so my very fit hubby can be proud of his wife and so I can keep up with my 3 boys. I don’t plan on dieting really, just trying to make better choices. For me that means only having one brownie instead of three! The kids and I are trying to eat a rainbow of foods each day. Today I had a Blueberry/Peach Smoothie with Apple Cider! It was so yummy! I have yet to eat red, yellow, green, and purple and chances are that I won’t get it all in today. Oh well, it’s nice to have a goal. I figure this will do the trick without me having to count calories all the time. I don’t have time for that!
So 10 minute momentum is a site for me to track my goals, not just fitness goals. However, that’s where my journey begins. I figure that I can accomplish much more than I imagine I can if I schedule at least 10 minutes for myself in the day. No more am I making excuses that I don’t have the time. What happens is that 10 minutes usually holds enough momentum for me to do more. Right now I’m tackling fitness, but down the road I’d like to tackle a home management binder, scrapbooking, reading more books, menu planning and so much more!
What got me started on all of this was finding the 10 Minutes solutions DVD series. I came across them when searching for fitness DVD’s on Netflix. Did you know that Netflix has workout videos that you can watch on demand? Many of the 10 Minute Solutions DVD’s included! What’s so cool about these videos is once I start I don’t want to stop. I find that 10 minutes goes by so quickly! It’s easy to complete a 20-40 minute workout. Whereas if I decided I was going to workout for 40 minutes, I would put it off saying that I need to do get dinner started, or fold another load of laundry. I would make excuses and not work out at all.
So join me on this new venture. If you’d like to take part with me I have a button on that site you can install on your page to tell others about the challenge. It should be interesting!
I’ve decided with a great friend of mine that Monday would be the day her and I get back on track to lose our baby weight. My day goes by so fast and between 3 kids, work, laundry, dishes and other cleaning I have no time for me. However, I have a stack of Walk Away the Pounds DVD’s that I love and I’m always ordering more. Since I have a Baby Bjorn that Cutler loves I thought I’d try and put the two together.
If I can do it you so can you! This week I’ve been able to work out with him twice. Working out while wearing him is not necessarily my goal…but I do appreciate the extra resistance! lol!
I decided on Monday that I’m going to lose 20 pounds! I’m really going to do it this time! I still the last few pounds from…I guess childbirth? (Either that or eating whatever I want and not exercising, that must be it! lol!) I’ve set a goal for myself of 1200 calories per day and at least 20 minutes of exercise, more if I can find the time, and the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. Each week I will tell you my pounds lost. I plan to take my measurements too so I can share my inches lost as well. So here is what I’ve done so far: