Spring Sweat Series: Blogilates

It’s not something I typically blog about, but since recently embarking on my own personal fitness journey, working on bettering my health and wellness has truly become a passion of mine.  It all started this past January, where I found myself constantly feeling tired and “blah” (very articulate, I know), and my wardrobe options were getting smaller and smaller as my selection of pants got, well, tighter and tighter.  I changed into yoga pants, opened YouTube on my phone, and started my very first Blogilates (Pilates) workout.  I was instantly hooked: I loved the music, the combination of cardio exercises mixed with strength training, and the high-energy instructor (self-made YouTube personality Cassey Ho).  But what really, truly helped me commit was the fact that the workout program was structured, and that each workout was laid out for me in the form of a daily schedule.  For me, this took the guessing out of “where do I start?” and “what do I do next?“.  I started the first month with the Beginner’s Calendar (in the picture above) and by February, was all set to join the regular monthly program (which is free by the way; all you have to do is sign-up!).

I could feel myself getting stronger within just the first few weeks, had more energy, and was truly happier.  I found (and still find) happiness and gratification in checking off my workouts as I complete them each day (there are around 5 workout videos to complete a day, ranging from 3-15 minutes each).  Along the way, I’ve gained a new appreciation for fun exercise gear, healthy snacks, and nutritious meals.  So, for the next month, I thought I’d start a “Spring Sweat Series“, where I talk about all of these things, along with other tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way thus far.  And don’t worry, if this isn’t really your thing, there will still be beauty and fashion posts mixed in along the way!  I hope you enjoy!

Have questions, or want to share your own health and fitness tips and tricks?  Let me know in the comments below!

Review: 14 Day Skinny Teatox

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After hearing about the rising tea-detox trend, I was curious to try it out for myself.  And, while one of the main benefits of a tea detox is weight loss, personally, I was more interested in one of the other benefits: increased energy levels.  I was excited when given the opportunity to try the 14 Day Skinny Teatox (which just happens to be the #1 Teatox in North America!).  This is an all natural Teatox (no chemicals or preservatives, is gluten free, GMO free,  nut free, and vegan), that helps with:

  • Weight loss
  • Burning calories
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Cleansing
  • Detoxifying
  • Suppressing appetite
  • Increasing energy levels

So how does it work, you ask?  The 14 Day Skinny Teatox comes with 2 teas: a loose-leaf tea to drink in the morning or during the day (which helps boost metabolism/burn fat), and nighttime tea bags (to drink every other night during the Teatox), which detoxify and cleanse.

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My Experience and results.  For me, drinking tea each morning is already part of my daily routine, so it was easy to substitute my normal “2 milk, 1 sugar” for the Teatox.  It was the nighttime tea that took some getting used to, but it proved to be quite relaxing and pleasant tasting (I added a little honey to mine).  I will say that it took a few nighttime teas before my stomach was used to the cleansing effect.  I’d recommend starting this Teatox on a Friday or a weekend (like I did) to gauge how your body reacts, and then adjust accordingly.

It’s also important to note that this tea can’t work magic alone: it requires you to have a healthy diet and be active.  I admit that I didn’t drastically increase my activity during the Teatox, but I did try to walk more. As someone who doesn’t own a scale (I’m a believer in feeling good, and not becoming a slave to the numbers), I can’t speak to the exact amount of weight I lost during the cleanse, but I can say that my clothes seem to be fitting significantly better, and I don’t get that “full” feeling I used to get nearly every day.  I was surprised to find that the morning tea did in fact suppress my appetite, and I didn’t feel the need to have nearly as many “snack attacks” as I normally do.  I noticed that my energy levels did in fact increase, and that I also stayed focused and feeling awake throughout the entire day (whereas with other teas, I tend to need an afternoon refresher).

Interested?  You can purchase the 14 Day Skinny Teatox (or any of their other programs/products) online at: http://skinny-teatox.com (they ship to most places around the world!).  And, if you’re curious to know more, be sure to follow their social media accounts (hint: there’s a promo code on their Instagram account right now!).

Have you tried a Teatox?  Let me know in the comments below!

*Note: Product provided for consideration via Brandbacker; all thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.