Weight Loss Shakes

If you have been following my blog recently. You may have noticed that I have talked a lot about working out after pregnancy and my favorite smoothie. Being healthy is one of the most important things to me. Looking at older family members who didn’t take care of themselves can be downright depressing.

I’m talking about the family member who has diabetes or someone else that can’t get down with their grandchildren because they have ZERO flexibility and a bad back.

It can be pretty scary! The silver lining though is that you don’t have to be like them.

You can choose right now to lead a healthier life. Now for me the one thing that has plagued me my whole life is my weight. To put it bluntly, I have been overweight ever since I can remember. Now I haven’t been like severely obese or anything. But for the majority of my life, I have been 30 to 40 pounds overweight.

Shakeology

One thing that has helped me lose weight is Shakeology. If you happen to be on Facebook and have friends who sell the stuff. They might go a little overboard on the promotion of the products they are trying to sell. They might only talk about selling Shakeology or other products which can get quite annoying. I have had to unfriend many friends because of this.

Shakeology is actually a good product and it’s made by Beachbody (I love their workouts). This weight loss shake has helped me lose weight, mainly because I replace breakfast and lunch for this shake. This is great for me because I would usually tend to overeat for breakfast and lunch. With Shakeology I really don’t have to think about getting the right amount of calories, vitamins or minerals because it’s all included.

With that said…

I have gotten tired of the taste of Shakeology. It’s not that it tastes bad or anything but I want to try other things (it’s not me it’s you). I have been doing a ton of research on different weight loss shakes. There are so many to choose from. It can be a little hard to find reviews that are actually unbiased.

Over the past month or two, I have probably been on a couple dozen websites looking at weight loss shake reviews. One review I stumbled upon that was on Authority Nutra gave a lot of information about IsaLean Shake by Isagenix. I have heard of IsaLean Shake before but I haven’t really looked at what kind of product it is.

IsaLean Shake

After reading the review on Authority Nutra I was convinced that I had to try it out. For those that don’t know Isagenix also makes a whole line of supplements that are supposed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Their products are made with high-quality ingredients and they have a track record for providing their customers with results.

IsaLean Shake Results

I went ahead and bought IsaLean Shake. It only took a few days to get my order and I ripped open the tub of nutrition that awaited me! When I first tasted it I really didn’t think I was drinking a weight loss shake. It tasted more like a chocolate cake than anything else. So the taste of IsaLean is awesome.

For two weeks now I have been taking IsaLean Shake every day for breakfast and lunch. I use this weight loss shake as sort of a meal replacement. So far I have lost 6 pounds! This kinda excites me, I have never lost that much weight with Shakeology before.

I’m excited to find out what kind of results I’m going to get after a few months with IsaLean Shake. I have also bought a few other Isagenix products to add to my diet. I just ordered Cleanse for Life so we will see how that goes.

If you are like me and you want to lose a few extra pounds. And you have tried other weight loss shakes like Shakeology before with only minimal weight loss results. Then give IsaLean Shake by Isagenix a try. Worst comes to worse you can always return it for a full refund. But you won’t because this stuff tastes amazing and actually works.

– Kelsey

Easy Workout After Pregnancy

As most of my readers already know I have THREE kids (plan on having more).

Recently, I had my third and getting back into shape has been on the top of my list of things to do. As I have gotten older and with each additional baby it has gotten harder and harder to lose the baby weight. But that doesn’t stop me! I keep on trying and trying until all of that baby weight is gone!

Whenever I workout I like to have a little of variety. I can’t just do the same routine day after day after day. I have to mix it up for my sanity (and my husbands).

I have tried all of the most popular workouts from Beachbody like Insanity, Country Heat, PiYo, CIZE, and i’m sure I have done more. Beachbody has always been my go to when it comes to working out because they have everything you need to get started. All you have to do is just move your body.

BUT

Like I said I NEED to try something else this time. I’m tired of doing Beachbody workouts, it’s the same format over and over again. Don’t get me wrong I can lose my baby weight with Beachbody but I want to see if other workout routines will work.

Trying to find the time to workout is the most challenging thing for me. I have to take the kids to school, I have the baby at home, cleaning up all the mess from the previous day, and have dinner ready it can be a daunting task.

When I do get a little of ME TIME and start my workout I always do a little yoga beforehand. Nothing too intense maybe 5 – 10 mins with simple yoga poses like the lotus, upward facing dog, cow, and bow. Easy stuff, nothing at all too difficult. The reason why I do yoga to begin is to get the blood flowing and the body stretched out.

When I actually start working out I usually try to get at least a full 30 minute session. Sometimes if i’m feeling really good I might even go for an hour!

After Pregnancy Workout

My husband has always raved about the 5X5 (5 reps, 5 sets) workout to get stronger in the gym. Now i’m not looking to lift any sort of weights to get stronger. I have a baby that I am always carrying that is enough weight for me.

Though, the 5X5 can be incorporated into any workout. Whatever you are working out, you do it 5 reps of 5 sets. So in total you do the exercise 25 times. And for me this has given me some pretty amazing results.

Sample 5X5 Workout

To go with our 5X5 theme I usually do 5 exercises as well.

Push-Ups – I used to hate pushups, but honestly they are great to keep your arms toned. Do 5 sets of 5 reps, if you can’t do a normal pushup do a girl pushup (I hate that!) instead. You want to strive to do a regular pushup that is where you will get the most benefit.

Wall Squats – These are simple to do all you need is a wall… Put your back against the wall and squat, hold that position like your sitting for 30 seconds (5 seconds would be too short) do that for 5 sets. Your legs and butt will get much stronger and look better if you do this more often.

6-Inch Killers – An ab exercise, don’t let the name scare you! This exercise can help you get rid of that belly baby weight. Lay down flat on the ground facing up, lift your feet 6 inches off the ground and keep them there. Try to go for at least 30 seconds for 5 sets and you will start to strengthen that core of yours.

Forearm Plank – Don’t confuse this with the popular PLANKING (though it’s similar). Get on the ground and place your forearms parallel with your body with the rest of your arms going vertical. So that your forearms are holding the rest of your body up with your toes pointing down. Hold this position for at least 15 seconds do this 5 times and take a small break. Then repeat this exercise 4 more times for a total of 5 sets.

Air Squats – We have already done wall squats in this workout, but it’s always good to do more leg exercises. Stand straight up and put your arms in front of you then just squat all the way down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Do 5 reps of 5 sets of air squats.

This is just a sample workout that I do. If you don’t like any of these exercises you can always add in other exercises that you do like. If you are going to have any longterm success working out then you should probably like your routine.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

– Kelsey

 

My Favorite Healthy Smoothie

I don’t know about you but I LOVE smoothies!

The best part about smoothies is that you can make them so healthy.

They taste so good, filled to the brim with fruits, veggies, and ice.

Every morning I make a smoothie for myself (sometimes for the hubby too) to give me a little pick me up to start the day.

Below is a recipe of my favorite healthy smoothie.

After I drink it I feel so energized and ready to conquer the day.

Kelsey’s Green Energizing Smoothie Recipe

Kelsey Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 half of a lime (juiced)
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple (cut up)
  • 1 banana peeled
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of fruit juice (you can choose anything, I like orange juice)

Put all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend long enough for everything to be mixed together.

Then you can start adding ice to make it the consistency that you like.

That’s it! I really doesn’t take much effort to make something that taste amazing and is good for you too.

This is definitely one of the better tasting green smoothies out there.

After I drink this in the morning I feel amazing!

I’m not just saying that either, I feel fantastic and it makes my day soooo much easier.

I hope you enjoyed my little green smoothie recipe.

I’m going to try to write more posts about healthy things since I’m trying to get back into shape.

– Kelsey

DIY Burlap Bedskirt Tutorial

For the longest time, I have been wanting to redo my bedroom. It all started with the headboard*. Once I decided what I wanted, everything else pretty much fell into place. I found everything I wanted, from nightstands, pillows, comforter, sheets, etc.

What I could not decide on though was a bedskirt. The sheets I ordered did not come with a bedskirt (which is ok, because the sheets are orange, and I knew I wouldn’t have liked an orange bedskirt).

*Side note: my wonderful hubby made this headboard for me, and did a FANTASTIC job. There is also a matching footboard, but I forgot to include that picture on here…oops!*

Anyway, I had already gotten these pretty cool burlap pillows and thought to myself, ‘I could make a burlap bedskirt’. So that is exactly what I did. It was extremely easy.

The only part about it is when we move again I’ll have to start all over. It would probably be easy to just take the skirt I’ve already done and add a white fabric to it and sew it together…maybe I’ll try that, eventually.

I started with measuring the size of the bed to determine how much burlap I would need. Here is how I figured it out:

Measure the sides or your bed and the front of your bed and add them together.
Ex. (based on a king bed)
80 + 80 + 76 = 236

Divide this number by 12 to get feet.
236/12 = 19.67

Finally, divide this number by 3 to get yards.
19.67/3 = 6.56 or 7
Always round up!

For a king size bed, 7 yards may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. Plus, this project is inexpensive, too. Burlap is usually $3.99/yd. Make sure if it’s a place like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s you bring in 40% coupon!

You will also need: scissors and upholstery pins

Now, to begin making your bedskirt! Be sure to take off your top mattress and have the box spring exposed. If you can, have plenty of room for you to be able to go to your bed. If you have a footboard go ahead and move it too.

{1} Burlap has a very strong smell to it. I began by laying my burlap over some chairs in my backyard and spraying it with Febreeze every few hours. I hated waiting, but it will be worth it when it doesn’t smell as strong. Shake it out even to get those loose particles out.

{2} Now start cutting your burlap down the middle. Be sure to cut length wise! If your cut lines are not all that straight (mine definitely were not), then use the cut side as the top to be pinned.

{3} Using one cut piece and starting at the back end of one side, make sure the burlap is touching the floor and start pinning to the box spring. Begin pleating it and continue to pin down. Your pleats can be however large you want, but you want to keep them smaller so your burlap will stretch out farther.

{4} One cut piece of burlap should go halfway around your bed. When you get the corners, just keep the pleats going. You may have to bunch up the burlap a little more for the corners though. When your first cut piece of burlap runs out, just continue where it left off.

{5} Just keep pinning, just keep pinning…

{6} If you have any leftover burlap left when you’re finished, just cut it off. If there are any loose areas, go back and pin them tighter. I ended up using extra pins just to make sure it wouldn’t move around too much.

Make sure you have help to get your mattress back on top. You don’t want to mess up any of the pins and have to redo an area. I don’t have a steamer, but if you do, I recommend going around the steaming the burlap to get any wrinkles out.

And you’re done! A new bedskirt that is super easy and inexpensive. Enjoy!

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