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June Wantable Fitness Unboxing | Bright Colors and Leopard Prints

Much, much happier with Wantable this go around! As some of you remember, last time, I was super disappointed that I didn’t get many colorful items from Wantable. Opening the box this time was much more thrilling as a rainbow of items spilled from the box. Check out my June Wantable Fitness Unboxing video and/or read below on what I thought about my edit.

Comment below or on the video and let me know what you would have kept!

June Wantable Fitness Edit

Aurora Space Dye Tank New Bloom Climawear – $30

I kind of love this top, except for the fact that it’s super close to my skin tone and I looked sort of naked in a few pictures I tried to take for the blog. There’s a built in bra, fits tight, but not too snug, and has adjustable straps. I’m truly considering this as one of my keep items, but am on the fence as to whether or not I must keep it.

Cory Vines Lane Crop Leggings – $55

Andy will not let me keep these. Gorgeous color, but they’re not doing my legs and thighs any justice. Super comfortable, but maybe just need them in a different color or pattern.

Rebecca Michaels Turtleneck Hoody Pullover Stripey – $98 Special $59

I have to laugh at this one. I felt a bit like ET with the hood up and the pattern was slightly ridiculous for my taste. I did enjoy dancing around in it for a bit though. It wasn’t too hot to wear, either. Maybe some day in the future when my taste in patterns change, but not today.

Collosseum Leopard Seamless Top – $39

I actually love this top, but I don’t normally wear short sleeves when I work out. The big issue is that it’s super see-thru and I would never wear layers when working out. The leopard and the color are adorable, but not enough to allow me to wear it when working out. Boo.

Glyder Mantra Space Dye Crop Pink Champagne – $56

Keeping these babies, not sure if it’s because I’m obsessed with space dye or because they’re so comfortable. You have to check these out or at least request pants in your own Wantable Fitness Edit. Love the color, love the fit.

 

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Fitness, Food, Sweet

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

I’m so excited to share this one with everyone! I’ve been trying to find recipes to use my protein powder, and I think I found a really good cookie recipe that didn’t require I use any additional flour. There’s quite a bit of sugar, but I think it’s worth it. These ended up being double chocolate peanut butter protein cookies, which I actually think I’d prefer over using a vanilla protein powder.

There’s a lot of protein powders out there, I use ProFlex20 from Melaleuca. I’ve heard stories from everyone about which one they like, but honestly, it’s really just up to you. I mix with water, so many protein powders I’ve found taste gritty to me or are too watery because there’s no mix to combine with.

A good place to start is by asking companies for samples. Many will provide them at no cost to you, some just ask that you cover shipping. It’s totally worth it to investigate before investing in something that you won’t like.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

1/4 c. Chocolate protein powder
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 egg
Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips, stirring until completely combined. Add chocolate chips and fold into batter.

On a cookie sheet, place 1-inch balls of batter, spaced evenly apart. You should have 12 pieces.

Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cook for 15 minutes for cookies to harden. Keep in a cool, dry, airtight container in a cool place, or in the freezer.

Fitness

How Much Should We Workout?

I was flipping through the newest issue of Glamour (yes, Glamour) the other day when I stumbled up on this article. How long and how much should we  workout? It’s a question I ask all the time. How much is too much, and how much will actually make an impact without ruining my schedule?

And the answer really is: it depends on you. Well, thanks Glamour. Super helpful there.

But seriously, it’s really just common sense. Sitting on your butt for three weeks without lifting more than a remote control isn’t going to help you shed excess weight, feel stronger, or help you start feeling better. It won’t help you fit into that dress for the wedding you’re attending in two months.

I try to do something every day, even if it’s just walking to the grocery store instead of driving there. I’m lucky, my work is close to a shopping complex. I know many who don’t have that luxury. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do something: put on a YouTube video and do a 8-minute workout, walk to get your mail instead of driving to the mailbox, do crunches while you watch TV.

The article ranged from suggesting 225 minutes to 75 minutes of cardio a week. Well, five 45-minute sessions a week to three 25-minute sessions a week is a big difference. But I did the math and broke it down even easier. If we go the middle ground route, that’s 150 minutes of cardio or 2 1-hour classes and 30 minutes of jogging. Three days, just three days of working out. It’s totally doable.

Working out for 150 minutes a week is only 1.5% of your week. That’s nothing. We can do this!

 

Fitness

Summer Water Challenge

I have a challenge for you all this week. I want you to join me in trying to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water (at least) throughout the day, every day for the next week.

Why? Because there are so many benefits to being hydrated that it’s hard to count. Water is our life source. Without it, we fall apart.

Water Detoxes Your Body

Think about drinking water as a way to flush out your system. For your daily diet to work, you need to have proper hydration, which will help your liver function. If your liver cannot function, your body won’t break down fat, meaning it’s going to stick with you instead of being released into the bloodstream and broken up into proteins.

Water Increases Your Metabolism

That alone is enough to make me drink more. The body is made up most of water, so in order for it to function properly, it needs to be hydrated. Many of our bodily functions require water to work, including metabolizing foods.

How Much To Drink

Fitness and nutrition experts have said that drinking half your body weight in ounces of water will keep you hydrated. So, for a person who weighs 150 pounds, you’re drinking 75 ounces of water a day. That’s only about four 20-ounce water bottles a day.

It can seem like a lot, but there are tricks to making it seem way less taxing. My favorite is adding frozen fruit to the water bottle in the morning to act as ice and to flavor my water. Drop in a slice of lemon and you’ll get a splash of citrus. Super simple: try dropping two frozen strawberries and two spoonfuls of frozen blueberries in your water bottle.

I also find that having a water bottle with a straw instead of just a cap has helped me drink a lot more than I’d normally drink.

If you have any other tricks to reminding yourself to stay hydrated, let me know in the comments and let me know how you’re doing with the water challenge!