Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SLAM Bam Thank You Ma'am!


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Here is a really quick product review for you! 

My 5 am workouts have left me dragging and I have started to feel like I'm just going through the motions of my lift and cardio. Where is the usual pep in my step?! After much deliberation I decided to order some SLAM by Advocare. Honestly I was skeptical, really, I've used the pre work out drinks and powders before and either experience, none of the products promises or the opposite.....I'm bouncing off the walls, banging out my reps all while my heart rate is borderline heart attack high only to be left with a major crash by noon!

So this morning rolled around and I eagerly ripped into my new box of SLAM and chugged it down  before leaving the house for the gym. (empty stomach by the way)  By the time I arrived at the gym (5 mins) I was feeling a lot more awake and energy was beginning to build inside me without causing me to be overly jittery. 

I had a fabulous workout boasting of high energy, superb endurance and fantastic mental focus: 
40 mins resistance training~chest and back
15 mins ABS
60 mins steady state cardio~with average heart rate 135

*I even had enough endurance to knock out extra reps during my weight training.*

Liquid Vitamin and Amino Acid Supplement
See ingredients below:

(For maximum effect drink entire bottle, between meals or before workout.)

The product claims to be a high powered energy source, sustained energy without jitters, sharpens mental focus and (yay!) sugar free!

Here is a link if you would like to give this product a try!
I will be ordering some additional products from Advocare and sharing more reviews with you! I would love to hear your comments!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Taking Your Libido Sky High

Libido Boosts

Ok, blushing a little. After reading an article on I felt it very important and necessary to pass on this interesting information.  

What do Oatmeal, honey, and citrus fruits have in common?

You guessed it!.....Studies show that they can improve your sex drive and boost fertility. 

Oats produce and release a chemical that sends testosterone right into the ole blood stream, this increases orgasm (oh dear) as well as sex drive. 

Honey contains vitamin B  which helps the body to produce estrogen which is an oh so important key for arousal and blood flow.

Citrus Fruits contain vitamin C which increases a man's sperm count. (hmm, ok, not such an important one for us 40 plussers! hehehee)

So there you have it in a nutshell. 

I'm off to go eat some oatmeal smothered in honey.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

BLT Lettuce Wraps~yes please!

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And That's a Wrap!

It's  that time again......carb cutting! I love BLT's, but don't want the yummy super delicious toasted  perfectly totally white bread...HAHAHA.....I totally WANT it,  but  refrain...for the  sake of my belly and thighs:)....summer is approaching quick and that husband, kids, friends and I will be poolside....time to get serious about carb cutting. So below is a recipe you must try. I discovered this delish dish on  I made it today for lunch and am so IN LOVE with it!  I'm even making this tonight for my 3 lil  men....who will totally  look at me weird and ask  for the interesting evening is about to unfold. 

You must GATHER:

3 iceberg or butter lettuce leaves
3 slices turkey bacon (or center cut bacon) cooked and chopped
1 tbls. lite  mayo (i used Helmans Light)
1small tomato diced
1/4 sliced avocado
pepper to taste

Now DO IT:

Take 2 of  the lettuce leaves and put aside.
Chop the 3rd lettuce leaf up and divide equally and place inside each of the 'whole lettuce leaves'.
In a small bowl combine the tomatoes, mayo and pepper.
Divide tomato  mixture evenly between your wraps, sprinkle chopped bacon on top and add avocado.
Wrap and eat!

Learn to Love Ginger!

What Ginger Can Do For YOU!

I've had somewhat of a love affair with Ginger Root for sometime now......I mean really, everyone needs a little bit of spice, right?;) This is an herb that has been around forever and has been used in a plethora of capacities. The more I learn about it, well, the more I love it. So I'll try and break this down for you pretty easy and quick....without my usual banter! 


*Anti cancer
*Motion sickness and nausea remedy 
*Prevents gas and bloating
*Reduce pain and inflammation
*Cold and Flu prevention and treatment
*Migraine relief
*Prevention of diabetic nephropathy
*Anti inflammatory
*Boosts immune system
*Heart health

Ok, I have to banter......Ginger root comes in a few different forms, my preference is the raw root. The easiest way for me to get ginger into my diet and my families diet is to cook with it,  AND my absolute favorite way......well peel and cut it up and put it in my water. I have a detox water that I do daily and ginger is one of the beautiful components.  I usually have some ginger proudly sitting at the bottom of my shaker cup during my workout. After I down the water I usually chew on a bit of the water logged ginger. If you can handle the spice...try it!

Here is the link to the water detox that I mentioned. I drink one gallon of this everyday.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Help! I need a BUTT LIFT workout!


So, summer. Swimsuits and short shorts. Gravity really has a wicked way of finding those of us who are over 40. I found a nice booty lifting workout one day while wasting time on pintrest, I decided to try it and then, I had to tweak it. So here it is. I've been doing this 2-3 times a week for a few weeks and appreciate the soreness I feel for a few days later. Soreness=progress;). I've been butt focused for over 2 years after I realized that I became so lean during fitness comp training that I started to look like a 13 year old BOY and wanted some healthy womanly curves. So I have added  this program to my already extensive glute/legs training. 

Do this 2-3 times per week!
Add this to your regular cardio and resistance training workout.


30 Butt Kickers
10 Squats
15 Plie' Squats
(I use a 30lb dumbbell or kettle bell, really focus on squeezing the glutes at the top of the motion!)
20 Donkey Kicks (ea. leg)
10 Fire Hydrants (dirty dogs ea. leg)
10 Squats
15 jump squats
20 Bridges
(focus on really really squeezing at the top)
10 single leg bridges (5 ea. leg)
20 walking lunges ( add barbell if available)
10 squats
10 plie' squats (with dumbbell if available)
10 fire hydrants (ea. leg)
20 donkey kicks (ea. leg)
30 butt kickers

repeat one more time~with minimal rest between exercises to intensify fat burn!

***great form is really important to avoid injuries. A great website to view demonstrations of many exercises is***

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Salad To Die For!

Mixed Baby Spinach and Kale Strawberry Poppy Salad

This super delicious salad is becoming a house favorite! I found this recipe through It is perfect for the summer months and even beyond! 


1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced shallots
1 1/2 tbsp honey (I go for raw)
1/2 tbsp poppy seeds

5oz organic mixed baby spinach and kale (or just baby spinach)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup Gorgonzola 

Now Do It!:

Place all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake and throw in the fridge.

In a big ole salad bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss. Add dressing and toss again.

Servings: 4, WW pts is approx 5, Calories 198, Fat 14 g, carbs 16.5 g, Fiber 3.5 g, Protein 5 g, Sugar 12.5 g, Sodium 144.5 mg, Cholesterol 10 mg

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time to detox

My All-Time Favorite Water Detox

I have been doing water detoxing for a long time and I'm pretty sure I've tried all of them out there floating around;). This one is my all time favorite, I always go back to it, simply because #1 it tastes good and #2 it actually works for me. After one day of this I feel super duper! It really helps with digestion and the bloating issues I continue to have!  This detox is not a fasting detox, therefore, eat your regular clean meals (I eat 5-6 smaller meals protein focused and low carb), just add this water in place of all other beverages. I will drink almost a gallon and a half daily of this. Sounds like a lot, but if you carry a shaker cup around full of it everywhere you go it's pretty easy to get a gallon in! This is safe to do daily, and I try to always have some ready!

Here's how to do it:

2 L of water
Add 10-15 mint leaves, half of a cucumber and a whole lemon and approx. 2 knuckles of peeled and sliced ginger. 
Let steep in fridge overnight. 
I refill my pitcher one more time before replacing mint, cucumber and lemon.

Give it a try!