Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Life with Loose Skin After Losing 140+ lbs

Loose skin is something that many fear when it comes to losing weight, especially if one has been overweight for many years. The longer your skin has been stretched, the harder it will be for your skin to bounce back, but it is not impossible. I feel that I need open up a bit about my recent struggles with it. Lately, I have been having numerous conversations with my followers, family and friends about my loose skin. I get asked all the time...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jergens Natural Glow Review

I've been getting summertime fine and working on my tan for the summer. Been especially preparing for the Fourth of July holiday weekend which has left us. Even though the sun was nowhere to be seen in my neck of the woods this Fourth of July weekend, I was still sporting a killer tan that looked like I got it from sun tanning. Everyone loves a great tan and an added benefit is it can make your muscles pop and give your muscles that noticeable definition! Well, who needs to take all the risks with tanning beds and sun tanning when you get a tan that looks this good from Jergens Natural Glow products. The Natural Glow line BLOWS ME AWAY!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Vanilla Protein Cookie Dough and Vanilla Protein Froyo Pops

Summer is officially here and I am elated! I have been making all sorts of summer treats that are not only easy to make, but is also high in protein, weight loss friendly, and a healthy and delicious summer snack on a hot summer day. Now, I'm a simple girl when it comes to cooking. I keep it simple and as amateur friendly as I can. Eventually, I would like to open up and be more open minded with complicated snacks and meals, but until I get a new kitchen, it won't happen. Ha! That being said, if you are looking for fun easy ways to get your protein, then these simple snacks are for you.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Polar Balance Scale + Me = Beautiful Harmony

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Polar US. I value authenticity and honesty, all thoughts and opinions are and will always be my own.

Well, it's been a great time getting to know my new fitness tool! I feel like I have finally made it to the fun part, and it's been such joy being able to play around with the Polar Balance scale! First I'd like to say that we are getting along fantastically well so far! I have set my goals and I am well on my way to achieving them. I'm seeing and tracking all of my progress, and the scale seems to be moving again after a previous slow month. Finally, I have been able to learn more about the features and benefits of this scale and so far, I think it is pretty darn neat!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My First Warrior Dash: Warrior Dash 2016 Race Review and Recap

On Saturday, June 11th I experienced and survived my first Warrior Dash in brutal 95°+ heat! I completed the Illinois Warrior Dash at Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, IL. Get this.... Not only was this my first, but I went on to complete another lap and completed TWO Warrior Dash's because one just wasn't enough for me. My goals for this race was to be able to successfully finish my first Warrior Dash and if my body and time allowed... take on another challenge and go for 1-2 additional laps for fun.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Soldier Field 10 Mile 2016 Recap

FINALLY! This post was delayed for a bit, but I finally got it up. I did it!!! I finished my first 10 miler! My longest distance yet. All the training, pain, sweat, and tears were ABSOLUTELY worth this moment right here! This moment meant everything to me. I kicked off my Memorial Day Weekend at the Soldier Field 10 Miler on Saturday, May 28th.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Getting to Know the Polar Balance Scale and 20 Minute HIIT Cardio Workout

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Polar US. I value authenticity and honesty, all thoughts and opinions are and will always be my own.

There is one item in nearly every household that everyone benefits from having, but some seem to never use. Yes people, I am talking about the scale. While a necessary fitness tool for most it can also be a source of frustration from time to time. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the Polar Balance scale, and I must admit I was very excited. Now, if you're like me, you research everything you buy because you want something that not only has great reviews, but most importantly... works! Before I dive on in to my experience so far with the Polar Balance scale, let me just say that I have used my previous scale for a little over a year now. So, while I was excited to try this new scale I was still a little hesitant.

Monday, May 23, 2016

12 Tips for a Healthy, Active and Safe Memorial Day Weekend and a Giveaway

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and that means summer activities, spending more time outside, and summer attractions opening up for the summer. It also means good food, temptations, and the extra push you may need to give yourself to stay on track with your nutrition for your health and fitness goals - whatever they may be. For some people fall and winter carry the greatest temptations with the vast amount of sweets and comfort foods, but for me it's the summer. Cool nights, warm days, awesome food...yes this is the time I am truly tested.

Friday, May 20, 2016

How To Loosen Those Tight Muscles: Live Infinitely Muscle Stick Review

If you've ever walked into a running store, or any kind of sports store for that matter, I'm sure that you have probably come across a few of these weird looking sticks...I know that I have. I was always curious as to what they were and what exactly it was that you use them for. I recently got an opportunity to test and find out not only that, but also what are the benefits to using one of these odd sticks. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5 Easy Glute And Thigh Exercises Using Resistance Bands

Resistance bands have been a well known fitness tool for quite some time. Alongside kettle bells, they are one of my favorite tools to work with, especially on glute and leg day. I get a lot of messages asking me what kind of exercises I do to work my thighs and glutes. I'm not quite as toned as I'd like to be yet, but I'm getting there! :)

Below I have included a set of exercises that I love to include on days I am working my glutes and legs. I also like to incorporate weight training, but today I will be focusing on resistance bands.

To do the following exercises you will need a resistance band. Choose a level of resistance that is comfortable to you. You'll want to make sure that you choose a level that will challenge you. I will be using the Live Infinitely loop resistance bands set.
One thing I love about this set is that it includes 5 loop resistance bands ranging from Light to XX Heavy (3-35 lbs). This set also comes with a convenient carry case, and so far it seems like a great set that will hold up. There are also non-looping resistance bands, so choose whichever bands you will feel most comfortable using. Depending on what exercises you're doing the looping bands may work better for you than the non looping ones.  I have a set of both so I mix them up depending on what it is I am doing and the range of motion that particular exercise requires. One thing that can be a bit bothersome is that the looping bands will sometimes have a tendency to want to roll up and not stay flat. This issue isn't isolated though and can happen with non-looping bands as well. You'll just have to play around with it and see.

Glute & Thigh Exercises

Fire Hydrant - Place the band around your legs right above the knees. While you are on all fours, you will lift one leg up and to the side while keeping that leg bent and slowly bring it back down. I like to pause for a few seconds while at the top before I bring the leg down. It gives you a CRAZY burn!

10-15 reps | 3 sets
60 Second Rest Between Sets

Squats - Place the band around your thighs with your feet spread a little more than shoulder width apart from each other. Slowly bend the knees and lower the legs so that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Some people are not able to squat down that far, and that is okay, but make sure you have great form everywhere else when performing a squat. Make sure your heels are continuously touching the floor. Use the heel of your feet to push yourself back up to the starting position.

15-20 reps | 3 sets
60 Second Rest Between Sets

Glute Kickback - Place the band around your ankles. Slowly kick one leg back while keeping it extended and go as high as you can and then slowly bring it back down. Again... sometimes I like to pause for a few seconds before I bring that leg back down - it will wake and activate those glute muscles with a nice burn.

10-15 reps | 3 sets
60 Second Rest Between Sets

Front Raise (Leg Raise) - Place the band around your ankles. Hold onto something if you are having trouble balancing. Move one leg slightly out in front of you, and slowly raise the leg up without bending your knee and lower it back down. Repeat that 10-15 times before switching to the other.

10-15 reps | 3 sets
60 Second Rest Between Sets

External Rotation - Place the band around your thighs slightly above the knees with your feet shoulder width apart from each other. Sit back into your heels in a squatting position. You'll want to keep your weight centered as you rotate onto the outside of your feet while opening your knees and then bringing them back to starting position.

10-15 reps | 3 sets
60 Second Rest Between Sets

Give these exercise moves a try and feel the burn! Enjoy!

Disclaimer & Disclosure: I'm not a doctor, registered dietitian, weight loss coach, or fitness expert. The purpose of Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough is to share my journey, experiences and personal knowledge with health, weight loss, fitness and everything in between. As such, the content of this website is in no way meant to replace professional advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, please do your own research and consult a medical or fitness professional before embarking on any diet or exercise plan. 

I received this product to review in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are and will always be my own.