It’s no secret I’ve recently fallen in love with taking better care of myself. Self-care is extremely important on all levels, I’m only sorry it took this long for me to figure it out. I’d realized that while I had evolved with the food my family consumes, I still wasn’t monitoring my own health journey. I call it a journey because I’m not interested in just losing pounds or gains; I’m interested in feeling good. I want to feel good in my jeans, and I want to feel good running around with my boys in the park. This all starts with gym quality management at home.
One of the ways I’ve stuck to my goals is by making a few small changes, and investing in myself. Your health is your #1 commodity and deserves your attention. I’ve invested in better food, learning where I can skimp on calories, and where I should splurge on pennies to ensure I’m eating whole foods. Another investment I’ve made is in quality at-home gear. Yes, I have gone out and bought a few activewear pieces that I’m in love with. But I also have been using the Nokia Health Body Composition Scale.
This scale ensures it is taking all factors into consideration. I can manage and track my weight loss/gains, as well as my BMI (body mass index), and other important factors, like my body’s ability to stay hydrated. Health and wellness are a balance of many different moving parts, and having the information at your fingertips can only set you up for success.
The sleek design is perfect for our budding minimalist lifestyle, and it’s slim enough to store anywhere. It even comes with an easy-to-install HealthMate app that you can use to help you keep track of goals, and how your body responds to a certain regimen. I’ve only just begun incorporating this high-tech (I am so easily impressed, really) tool in my lifestyle and I am already impressed with the results. I look forward to a long and happy health journey filled with so many moments shared with a quality product like this one.
When my friends and I were invited to drive north to Orlando and check out Universal Studios I jumped into road trip mode. Scaling back as much as possible these days I decided to throw everything into one backpack to keep it simple. I received word that I would be testing out the new 2018 Toyota Camry, so I thought I’d better make room for a small space.
I didn’t give my friends the heads up and they did in fact pack luggage, I thought it might be tough, but we’ll make it through. That is until I got a load of the trunk space on this beauty! Let’s start with how roomy and cozy it was in the backseat, so I was surprised at how there could be that much trunk space!
This made the trip a lot easier and way more comfortable since there were three of us and at all times there would be someone sitting in the backseat. When it first pulled up, I thought there were definitely some slight body changes since I owned a Camry a couple of years ago. But the inside was an entirely different cockpit!
I call it that because that’s exactly what this beauty felt like. This baby had plenty of power (the first Camry to pack this amount of horsepower). We arrived in Orlando in under three hours (going the speed limit of course).
The interior was beautifully crafted and such fun to drive. The large screen was easy to maneuver and at my fingertips throughout the ride (even though I couldn’t figure out how to plug-in an address). Electric blue really isn’t my color, but it served perfectly as we sped down the highway on our little getaway. I’m impressed by all of the time that was dedicated to the details of this vehicle. The Camry insignia lights up at night, illuminating your footing for easy access.
The upgraded grill gave it great style and impressed my husband and two boys. It would even fit our two car seats in the back for a family road trip if needed. It was a smooth ride and really easy to park.
Not to mention easy on the eyes! The 2018 Camry XLE was a lot of fun to drive and caught the attention of passersby everywhere we went all week. I would definitely recommend this for a guys’ or girls’ trip.
This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
One of our family resolutions this year is to eliminate the amount of meat products we consume. We’ve recently cut back on red meat, but we’re incorporating more of a nutritional, healthful protein into our lifestyle as of late, and I’m loving it. The nutrition that comes from fresh, sustainably sourced seafood is well documented, not to mention I feel great after every meal.
I’ve spent the better half of the first month of 2018 eliminating carbs and sugar. I have more energy, sleep better, and the inches I’ve lost off of my waistline isn’t a bad perk either. So the journey to a heart healthy protein was only natural. The way my food is sourced has become increasingly concerning for me over the years, its important that it is always wild, and responsibly sourced. Alaska seafood has a long history of always being wild and sustainable. Alaska is our nations largest source for domestic seafood, and it’s easy to find at your local grocer.
I chose Alaska Salmon for this dish. Salmon can be tricky for some, they either love it or hate it. Well, I’ve found a way that anyone can enjoy a good salmon dish. Simple and fresh, this recipe is sure to please. I use four six-ounce pieces of wild Alaska Salmon (skinned) and sear it to perfection. Searing salmon creates a delicious char that can lure even the biggest salmon skeptic.
Most often people shy away from salmon because of its texture. If it isn’t cooked to perfection, it can be a little too fishy. But the benefits in a protein that is naturally loaded with minerals, vitamins and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids just can’t be ignored. This is a fish you need in your diet. Period. Over the years I have developed quite a few ways to eat Alaska Salmon, but this recipe is by far my favorite.
Simply sear the salmon for four minutes on one side, then another three on the other in a hot skillet with some EVOO. After they have a nice golden crust add butter, garlic, lemon juice and fresh-cut basil and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. We love it, and I’m one of those picky “funny about texture” skeptics. This is the best way to make perfectly flaky salmon that even the biggest critic can enjoy!