All posts filed under: Healthy Living

Why I’m Loving BeachBody OnDemand (A non-coach review!)

When it comes to diet and exercise, it seems I’ve tried it all in my quest to build and maintain the healthiest version of myself.  I’ve had successes, failures, fallen off the wagon at times, gained pounds back, had months of laziness, worked really hard, and everything in between.  I’ve had gym memberships, tried running programs (and completed two Flying Pig half marathons in the process!), counted steps with my Fitbit.  But I’ve always found myself coming back to one thing… After the birth of my first child, my husband couldn’t wait to get me to try the crazy new program that he and his firehouse buddies were using.  It was called P90X, and despite an uncomfortable experience at first (something called Ab Ripper X is not a great idea 6 weeks after a c-section), I was hooked. Fast forward a couple of years, and I was in need of a new routine.  A friend raved about the new workout by Shaun T, called T25 and I decided to go for it.  Just like I …

My Whole 30 Experience and Tips for Survival

In May, I completed my first Whole30 (I wrote briefly about it here).  I’ve had lots and lots of questions about this experience, so I wanted to write a more detailed post to try to answer them all!  I like to say that completing the Whole30 was the “easiest hard thing” I’ve ever done.  Basically, it’s a very strict paleo style diet that allows you to eat veggies, fruits, lean protein, and good fats.  Yup- that means no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, and no snacking. I should probably start by explaining why I chose to embark on the Whole30 challenge in the first place.  I was in an “ehh” kind of place in my life.  I didn’t feel healthy, I was overweight and desperate for a change.  But in addition to that, my chronic hives had returned with a vengeance and I was on way more medications than I felt comfortable with to try to control them (FOUR Zyrtec a day people!!)  I was constantly tired, moody, bloated…you name it …