Wednesday, February 10

Wellness Wednesday | Himalayan Salt Rock Lamps

Have you seen these pretty little votives and lamps around? You might see one in an interior pinned on Pinterest or even on the shelf at your local health foods store. That's where I had seen them. And they looked so warm and glowy and crystalline that I was intrigued. I bought my first Himalayan Salt Rock at the grocery store. It's small enough to hold a single vote candle. And it looks beautiful when the lights are dim and it's glowing a flickering orange. I was smitten.

So I went online to see if I could find more in other sizes and I was surprised to find a plethora of salt rock pieces from candle holders to huge lamps in all different shapes! Little did I know that Himalayan Salt Rock lamps are totally a thing. Did you know that? You probably did. I'm always the last to know. Apparently they have some supposed health benefits above just being relaxing and pretty to look at...

Salt has long been a mineral recognized for it's various benefits. Salt mines and salt springs are often used for rejuvenation and relaxation. Why? Because it is believed that salt mines and salt springs have a negative ion environment.

Say what?

So have you ever breathed in deep by a waterfall? Or felt like singing in the shower? Or sat and marveled in calm bliss by the seashore? You probably have. But what you might not realize is why these areas have such an effect on you. These forces of nature (and shower) create negative ions in the air. Why does that matter? It's natures way of cleansing! So negative and positive ions exist all in the air around you all the time. Negative ions are generally a molecule of oxygen that has gained an electron (stay with me!) These ions attract particles in the air and give them a negative charge forcing them to seek an electrical "ground" which usually means falling out of the air and to the ground. So, in essence, negative ions clean the air. That is why when you walk outside after a rainstorm the air feels so fresh!

How are negative ions produced? 
➳ Ions cannot be produced without an energy source like...
➳ Heat/flames
➳ Electricity
➳ Evaporation
➳ Friction
➳ Radioactivity

Okay, so how do these salt rocks actually help clean the air in your house?

How do Himilayan salt rock lamps work? 
➳ The salt crystals cannot create negative ions, you need energy for that. BUT....
➳ Salt attracts water molecules in the air...
➳ When the water comes to the salt, the heat of the candle inside or the bulb warms it up...
➳ The water molecules heat up and begin to evaporate
➳ Evaporation produces negative ions in the air! Ba-zing!

So what do you think? Try it and let me know... Dig or Ditch? 

PS. The big one you see in the photos above I got off Amazon

I don't get any kickbacks for this, I just love it and wanted to share with you! 


Tuesday, February 9

How To Get Amazing Results With the 21 Day Fix

Team Beachbody 21 Day Fix

Did you know that the 21 Day Fix was the #3 most googled fitness terms in 2015? I'm not surprised. Because everyone I know wants to ask me about it. It's my most popular program to help people get started with and I myself had an incredible experience doing this program (and then following it up with it's graduate program, the 21 Day Fix Extreme!)

When I first heard about the 21 Day Fix, I was skeptical. A 21 day workout program? What kind of results could I expect in just 21 days? What are these colored tupper-ware-looking containers? How would I use them? Would it be confusing? Would 30 minute workouts be enough? So many questions!

I've done the 21 Day Fix programs, and I've coaches hundreds of people on them as well! I've seen people rock it and others not so much. And I've noticed that there are a few simple things that can help you go from womp womp to WOWZA with your results!

So today, for #TuesdayTips, I wanted to share with you my Top 7 Tips for Getting Your Best Results with the 21 Day Fix!

1.  READ UP!: When you get your kit, open it all up and read through everything! You'll need to do a quick bit of math to figure out what mealplan bracket you will be in for the next 21 days. Read through the entire nutrition guide so you understand how to use the containers. (This is where tip #1 comes in handy because in a challenge group you can ask questions if you get stuck or confused!) In the beginning it may seem overwhelming trying to remember what foods go with what containers but I promise you'll start to feel super comfortable with it after the first few days! Just don't wait until the morning of day 1 to start reading or you'll be hangry and frustrated trying to figure out what to eat!

2. GET ORGANIZED: Clean out your pantry. Go grocery shopping. Do some food/meal prep to have healthy snacks ready to go. Mark your 21st day on your calendar so you have your goal in sight. Schedule your workout in your calendar each day!

3. GIVE SHAKEOLOGY A GO: It will be your secret weapon for the next 21 days! There is nothing tougher than trying to stick to a meal plan while you are craving coffee, sugar, and junk food like crazy! Any time you make a change in your routine your body has to adjust and if you go from eating a standard Amerian diet to eating a super clean and portion controlled 21 Day Fix plan you will likely be dealing with some sugar and caffeine cravings. Here is where Shakeology shines! Not only is it full of 70 whole food fruit and veggies and superfood ingredients but they work in your body to help you feel full, satiated, and to combat those killer cravings that can derail you when you start a new program! My challengers that commit fully to Shakeology and the 21 Day Fix get much better results than when I have customers try to do the 21 Day Fix just on it's own!

4. DON'T CHEAT: It's just 21 days. So no cheating and no skipping workouts! These workouts are only 30 minutes long. And your meal plan is based on you completing them so to get the right results you need to be sticking with it 100%. When you start to cheat a little here and there you sabotage your results and mess up the math of the program! So suck it up for three weeks. You invested in the program and in yourself so make yourself proud!

5. TAKE BEFORE STATS AND PHOTOS: I know, the last thing you want to do when you are not feeling your best is take "before" photos but trust me... you will see changes in these photos that the scale can NEVER tell you about and they are soooooo exciting! So don't just step on a scale and have that be it. Take your weight, your measurements, and snap a few before photos. My challengers have seen visible differences not only in their overall size but also in their skin, posture, muscle tone, and body composition!

6. DON'T STEP ON THE SCALE TILL DAY 21: I have watched countless women sabotage all their results because they got on the scale every stinking morning and let the number dictate how they felt about themselves all day. You are not going to drop 10 pounds by day 2. So just tuck your scale away and don't get on it till the end. It's more exciting that way anyway. So many factors go into your weight and when you start a new program your body needs time to adjust. You might retain water, your muscles might be sore, you might need a day or two to get regular... and nothing is worse that feeling derailed by the scale before you've even given yourself a real chance for success.

7. GET IN A CHALLENGE GROUP: A challenge group is an exclusive and private accountability group you can only gain access to through a Team Beachbody coach like myself. It's a service we provide solely to help our challengers get the BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS from these home workout programs! In it, you'll be surrounded by other people who are committing to the 21 Day Fix as well as having a coach there to give you extra tools, tips, and help navigating the program's meal plan and helping you every day to stay on track! With a program like the 21 Day Fix, where there's a bit of a learning curve, having that community support and the help of a coach to offer you mealplan and recipe ideas as well as answering your questions can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE on how well you stick to the plan and sticking to the plan equals better results! Coaches can also help hook you up with special bonus gifts and discounts that you can't get from Amazon or ebay. Wanna join my next challenge? Fill out this quick app!

Doesn't sound too hard right? It's not! But don't just take my word for it. Below are my results (left) and the results of one of my challengers (right) from these awesome home workout programs. Both of us were committed to both the program + shakeology and had the help and accountability of a challenge group to get these results. I personally lost 11 inches and 6 pounds in 21 days with the 21 Day Fix Extreme after already having great results from the original. My challenger, as you can see, got killer results (and abs) from 2 rounds of the original 21 Day Fix! 

21 day fix before and after

The 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge Packs are on sale this month! It's a $70 savings and you get exclusive access to join my private accountability challenge group on Facebook! Click the link above, then the START NOW button, then select either the 21 Day Fix or 21DFX! I'll email you a link to join our group! 


Sunday, February 7

22 Minute Hard Corps Sneak Peek + Superbowl Sunday Workout

superbowl football game workout idea

Happy Superbowl Sunday!
I won't lie, I'm more excited about this Superbowl than past ones. Probably because I just got to see Peyton Manning play at the Denver Mile High Stadium! But for years I was bored to tears during superbowl festivities. And stuffing my face with snacks. So I thought, I'd put together a fun little Superbowl workout game. Kind of like a drinking game. But with less drinking, and more exercise. 

Today is the day that you can try a FULL WORKOUT from the not-yet-released 22 Minute Hard Corps program FOR FREE!!!! 22 minutes of sweat-inducing glory. Come see why this program is my new FAVORITE program in the entire catalog!!!! I am so excited that Beachbody has released this one day only sneak peek so you call can see what I've been up to!!!! If you have Beachbody On Demand already, simple log in and you'll be able to access the 22 Minute Hard Corps workout! If you don't yet have it, you can get a free 30 day trial by signing up here

 This is the ONLY place that you'll be able to stream from and signing up for the free trial only takes a minute. After that, you will get to keep your access to Beachbody On Demand for a whole month and you'll have access to all the streaming workouts on there. It's kind of like the Netflix of workouts!!! If you take a photo of yourself doing the workout today you can also be entered to win cold hard cash! Learn all about it here

Saturday, January 30

Feel Good Friday | Currently...

Eating // Clean & Portioned! Time to lock it down for month 2 of the 22 Minute Hard Corps test group!
Drinking // Nettle and Peppermint tea. My time in Denver last week re-ignited my tea obsession.
Practicing // Self control. Because I'm serious this year about getting in the best shape of my life.
Mastering // The moves in the more advanced workouts of 22MHC. Feeling stronger every day!
Learning // All about all natural beauty products. I'm trying to ditch all the chemicals.
Trying // To become a morning workout person. It's not going well.
Watching // Season 3 of Blacklist. I'm legit OBSESSED.
Reading // Women Who Run With the Wolves
Remembering // What my life was like a year ago. It's crazy how much can change if you want it to!
Wearing // My favorite retired yoga pants by Athleta. *weeps*
Working // On self care in 2016. Gotta fill the vessel first so it can pour out!
Traveling // No trips planned until the Beachbody cruise I get to go on for free in March!
Wanting // To help as many women as possible build full time businesses in 2016!
Quoting // "You cannot make everyone happy, you are not a jar of nutella."

images: top left (mine), middle right (mine), bottom left (no source found but it's what I want for my next tattoo)

Friday, January 29

SHAKEDOWN | Cafe Latte Shakeology vs. Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino

It's here! I finally got my hands on some Cafe Latte Shakeology and to say I'm surprised is an understatement! I expected it to be good. But not this good! This is, without exaggeration, the best tasting healthy thing I've ever had! And it's one of the best coffee treats I've ever had, healthy or not! That's saying a lot because we in the Robinson household are legit coffee snobs!

So when they announced a new flavor of my favorite suppliment, Shakeology, I was excited but a bit skeptical. How would the coffee flavor taste? They announced that they were actually using the entire coffee cherry fruit to maximize antioxidants and not be wasteful and I was definitely curious how it would translate into smoothie form. But I'm so blown away. They nailed it. It's so delicious.

I made my first smoothie last night and another today and I'm fighting the urge to just live off these because they literally taste like coffee ice cream milkshakes. They are BETTER than frappuccino's... creamier and less syrupy sweet. More like ice cream. But full of good stuff and with none of the bad stuff. You guys, my world is changed!

(I recorded a video of me making it live that is currently up on my snapchat story so if you wanna look that up before it goes away in 24 hours you an find me on snapchat under the name tetheredto)

I decided to look into the nutritional labels of both the new CAFE LATTE SHAKEOLOGY and a standard coffee frappuccino from Starbucks. Both venti sized. And the comparison is a bit shocking!

Starbucks: $4.95
ShakeO: $4 (customer price) $3 (coach account price) 
Starbucks: 70 grams carbs, 69 grams sugar!!!
ShakeO: 18 grams carbs, 7 grams sugar (from fruits, not added)
Starbucks: 5 grams protein
ShakeO: 16 grams protein

Cafe Latte Shakeology:

Vitamin A: 100%
Vitamin C: 300%
Vitamin D: 50%
Vitamin E: 50%
Vitamin K: 50%
Thiamin: 100%
Vitamin B6: 100%
Vitamin B12: 100%
Folic acid: 50%
Calcium: 30%
Iron: 33%
Also... Ribofavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, probiotics, superfood fruits and greens... yum. 

Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino (venti sized) 
Vitamin A: 6%
Vitamin C: 0%
Vitamin D: 0%
Vitamin E: 0%
Vitamin K: 0%
Thiamin: 0%
Vitamin B6: 0%
Vitamin B12: 0%
Folic acid: 0%
Calcium: 20%
Iron: 0%
Also... artificial flavors, "natural" flavors, caramel color... yuck. 

So for all you Starbucks addicts looking to get your fix but ditch the sugar, fat, and chemicals... this is your holy grail! Have questions? Check below where I answer some of the frequently asked ones!

Q: How does it taste? Is it super strong?
A: It tastes like coffee ice cream. It's not super strong. It's enough that you'll fulfill your frappuccino craving but not so much that people who don't love coffee would be turned off. It's perfect!
Q: Does it have lots of caffeine?
A: It has the same as other Shakeology flavors-  75% less than 1 cup of coffee. So you are definitely getting a lot less than you would at your favorite coffee shop! 

Q: What kind of protein is in it?
A: Whey protein. (There is not currently a vegan option for this flavor)

Q: What are all the ingredients and vitamin percentages?
A: You can see the full Cafe Latte Shakeology nutrition info here

Q: Where can I buy it?
A: If you want to try it, you can get it here either in a 30 serving bag or a box of 24 individually wrapped packets. If you aren't sure about it there's also a combo box called the Barista pack that comes with 8 vanilla, 8 chocolate, and 8 cafe latte individually wrapped packets so you can have a little of everything! If you want, message me asap and I can give you a coupon to get an entire workout program for $10 when you buy Cafe Latte Shakeology! Boyah!
new cafe latte coffee shakeology
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