Gym Quality Weight Management At Home

Gym Quality Weight Management At Home

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.

Nokia Health

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.

Nokia Health

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.

Nokia Health

Essentially yours,

Erika

 

Guilt-Free Hacks That Won’t Upset Your Diet

Guilt-Free Hacks That Won’t Upset Your Diet

 

 For the first half of my life, I struggled to keep any weight on at all (insert eye roll here). So my motto was to be as indulgent as possible. Eat anything and everything I wanted at all times in hopes of maintaining my tiny 110lb frame. There was no need for guilt-free anything or talks of a diet. (I apologize in advance) This may be nauseating to some of you who have struggled with keeping the weight off at a young age but fast forward to being nearly forty years old and having zero fitness knowledge whatsoever. So it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. We’ve all got something, right?
This frame of mind has not set me up for any success in life health-wise. Over the years we’ve switched to an organic diet, and I’ve always gone “by the book” with feeding the kids, but I couldn’t seem to translate that to my own diet. Largely due to the fact that I’ve had such little training on what my body needs and how diet affects it. Now that it seems the weight is able to stick (perhaps in more places than I’d like), after becoming a mom of two healthy boys my goal is to become as educated as possible in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
I recently sat with a nutritionist and went down the line on each item I love and consume on a weekly / monthly level. We then came up with a list of options and some techniques to working a healthier lifestyle into my diet choices.

Hack #1: You’ve Got To Give a Little, Take  a Little

One of these invaluable tips was geared towards allowing yourself room to breathe and eat the things you love, however, it doesn’t mean you have to go off the rails and drop everything you’ve learned. It does mean that you up the nutrition factor where you can, and think about how these choices affect the “whole.” Understanding how much you need to consume in a day as far as calories/ sugar intake/ sodium content helps you make choices all throughout your day and week. If you know you need a certain amount of calories throughout your day and you splurge on breakfast, then you understand what choices you need to make during lunch and dinner in order to stick to your health plans. Example: If I know I’m going on a date night with my hubby and would like to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine, then I keep it light all day long to leverage the day.

Guilt-Free Ice Cream

Breyer’s delights helps me do just that by allowing the “cheat” to happen with an indulgence of mine, ice cream. I’m pretty sure it’s on a lot of lists of indulgences. So when I found out that it’s only 330 calories PER PINT, and they have one of my most favorite flavors, COOKIES AND CREAM! Currently sold at BJ’s Wholesale, the Breyer’s delights pack comes with four pints, each pint packed with 20 grams of protein (it’s practically necessary at this point). This is a great way for me to feel like I’ve indulged a bit without feeling like I’ve completely jumped ship.
Guilt-Free Ice Cream

Hack #2: Find What You Love, and Enjoy a Little Bit

Portion control is a wonderful way to staying healthy, so I allow myself a few scoops of ice cream and stick to the plan for the rest of the day. Timing is also important, if I know I will be at a theme park or space where healthy options are few and far between, then I don’t spend time indulging as much beforehand. It helps put it all into perspective for me and gives me the power to make the choices that best suit my life. Even if it just for that week.
 Guilt-Free Ice Cream

Hack #3: Improvise Where You Can

Indulging is good for the soul, but it doesn’t really do anything to help move the process along. In order to keep the train moving in the right direction (I promise that is the last train analogy), then you need to remember that balance is key. If I am at a BBQ restaurant with my family I will enjoy my ribs with a small portion of mac and cheese and a large portion of healthy greens. By allowing myself the comforts I typically enjoy but also giving my body more of the fuel it needs to process everything, I’m setting myself up for a healthy balance. When I enjoy a bowl of Breyer’s delights ice cream, I know to up the antioxidant factor by throwing some fresh berries from the farmer’s market in my bowl. It’s a win/win!
Guilt-Free Ice Cream
You can find the Breyer’s delights found in your local BJ’s Wholesale location in the freezer aisle.
Essentially yours,
Erika
Road Tripping with the 2018 Toyota Camry

Road Tripping with the 2018 Toyota Camry

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!

2018 Toyota Camry

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).

2018 Toyota Camry

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.

2018 Toyota Camry

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.

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry

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.

Essentially yours,

Erika

 

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