Friday, May 29, 2015

Monthly Weigh-In: May 2015

Weight Loss/Gain: -8.6 lbs 

Total Weight Loss (Round 2): 40 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 61 lbs

I don't know why this month felt really slow in terms of weight loss. This month I lost some more pounds and I can definitely see and feel a difference with the way I look, feel, and how my clothes are fitting lately. All of my clothes are loose and I have been shopping and picking out a few new items of clothing here and there. What I need to do is get out and buy some more clothes that actually fit, but not to get carried away. I have been buying activewear in smaller sizes also. I am now in 1x bottoms from 2x. I am feeling really happy with where I am at. I am in a good place and this has been the lowest weight that I have been at in years!!! I'd like to say, 4 or 5 years!!! Maybe more... can't remember. I had been fighting in the 220's right before I left Hawaii and this year as well. Now, I am officially out of the 220's. I'd definitely love to see a 209 for my June weigh-in. I am getting so close to being out of the 200's. I can feel it! I can taste it! I WILL GET THERE! 

Just a little reminder: If I can do it... YOU can do it!!! Believe in yourself, trust the process, and what I like to say to anyone that asks for advice... LOVE THE PROCESS!!! Fall in love with the process, fall in love with fitness.... When that happens... you can't go wrong :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pearl Izumi: US Run Champion Team's Newest Athlete

Happy, happy, joy, joy...... It is with great honor that I announce my ambassadorship with Pearl Izumi and selected to be on the Pearl Izumi US Run Champions Team! I got the awesome news back in March and if you follow me on social media, then you probably have already known. I am just now posting this on the blog because my life has been crazy busy these past couple of months and I have had posts scheduled before this one. Anywho, I have been gearing up for a busy race season, being a mom, wife, blogger and trying to balance it all. Life has been pretty eventful lately and I will do a "Month In Review" post for May and let you all know what else I have been up to lately. Like I previously stated... If you follow me on social media, then you are probably already in the loop. :)

I am extremely proud of all I have accomplished so far this year and I am incredibly grateful to have such amazing companies supporting me and having my back. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the support I have been given this year and I will continue to make everyone proud.

Friday, May 22, 2015

TheFitExpo Chicago 2015 Recap

This has been such a BUSY month for me and I have been behind on the blog just a little bit! I am just now getting around to posting about my weekend at the fit expo! The weekend of May 2nd and 3rd, I was given the opportunity to cover TheFitExpo Chicago event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. It was such an amazing experience! TheFitExpo made it's debut in Chicago this year and it was a good one!!

I had a ton of anxiety during the week leading up to the event. I have never attended a fitness expo before, so I had no idea what to expect. I had plans to participate in the Evolution Fitness Conference, but kept having second thoughts because of my anxiety. I arrived at the fit expo a little before noon. I stopped to get my press badge and my hubby's ticket, but little did I know that one guest ticket came with my press badge, which I was very grateful for! Sending a shout out to Bethany and Monica! Thank you!

I made it a priority to get to the popular booths first because there was no shortening of the lines anytime soon and that way I had the rest of time to interact with the smaller booths. The Optimum Nutrition booth was the most popular. They were giving out free - 2015 Fit Expo t-shirts, which are absolutely awesome by the way! They were also giving out leftover t-shirts from the Arnold Sports Festival that was held in March in Columbus, Ohio. I will hopefully be making it out to AFS next year.

Meeting one of the ON athletes. Miss Maria DiNello (National Level NPC Bikini Competitor), along with a few others, has inspired me to eventually compete in my first local NPC Competition later in my fitness journey when I have finished my weight loss transformation. And I can't believe I just told you all that! I had no plans to tell anybody until later on this year when I will hopefully be at a 100 lbs loss.

I did the POUND Rockout Workout at the Evolution Fitness Conference, which was held inside the expo. I was not sure if I was going to do the workout and I knew I would end up deciding last minute. That is exactly what happened! I made the decision last minute to just push myself to get out there and do it. One thing I hate about having anxiety is the fact that I have to push myself so hard to do certain things and I just want to be able to get out there and do it without giving it a ton of thought and getting to know my surroundings first to become a little more comfortable to be able to do things. Before doing the pound workout, I sat in the seating area to feed the little one while another class was going on. It was a fun environment. There were other moms with kids in the seating area and we were all dancing and having a good time.

We worked out with Amanda who was the instructor for POUND. This is such an AMAZING workout!! I love that we get to pound the sticks as if we were drummers. I felt so awesome doing this workout!! I burned 272 calories during the 20 minute session. It is DEFINATELY a TOTAL BODY workout! For the next few days I had very sore muscles. Every major muscle group was sore. Muscles that rarely ever get sore were sore! My glute muscles never ever get sore and I am not sure why because they get a lot of attention, but after this workout... they were so sore!! Felt pretty nice to finally feel sore glutes! I guess I have strong glute muscles. 

Check out some clips from the POUND class below!

I am in the white shirt with blue shoes.

I was too tired to do any other classes and my darling daughter wanted her mommy, so she wasn't having it, haha. After the class we headed towards Billy Blanks where he was teaching a TaeBo class, which I would have taken if I wasn't so pooped from the last workout. 

Baby girl finally fell asleep! 

After Harlie Jade ate again and fell asleep I continued to hit up the rest of the booths before checking out the competitions that were going on. I stopped by the Power Pasta booth and chatted for a brief moment with the owner. She was so awesome and friendly. I bought two small bags of red lentil pasta. I love, love, love their pasta and it's packed with lots of protein and only 1g of fat!!! I may do a review later on.

We came across a booth that was holding a forearm competition and hubby wanted to participate. He had a few complaints about the woman who was helping him and writing down the numbers, but I honestly forgot what his complaints were. Either way, he had a fun time doing it. He was able to lift 75 lbs. They also had this guy lifting weights with his head!! Interesting...

This dude is a beast!!!
Jeremy lifted 75 lbs.

Stopped by the Helios booth to talk muscle and joint pain. I did buy a kit, which I will review for you all soon.

Stopped by the Quest Nutrition booth and snagged some quest bars and protein chips they were giving away and of course made a few purchases.

Some samples and goodies from the expo and there's more where that came from!

Leaving the expo. :(
I had plans to go back the next day for another round, but unfortunately I was too sore and I didn't want to drag my little one back to Chicago for a second day in a row. 

I had a great time! I had so much fun! I met a lot of hard working and amazing people and I learned so much and gained so much inspiration and motivation from everyone! I can't wait for next year!!! I KNOW that my body will be in much better shape. I am so glad that I got to share this experience with my little one. Even though she's too young to understand what's going on... I am still proud that I am able to say that I exposed my daughter to the fitness world/lifestyle at an early age and I will continue to do so.

Until next time.... Can't wait to see where I'll be with my fitness around expo time next year!!

TheFitExpo will be in San Jose, CA June 13-14, 2015 and Anaheim, CA August 22-23, 2015.

I encourage everyone to come and check out TheFitExpo if it's coming to an area near you later this year and next year!

*I want to thank TheFitExpo for granting Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough this event coverage opportunity*

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Polar A300 Review

Disclosure: I received this product as part of my ambassadorship with Polar. 

I recently received a Polar A300 to play around with. My family and I had plans to go to Starved Rock State Park the week that I had received this watch, so I decided to have my husband wear it during our outing and decided to pass it off to him because I felt that he could utilize this watch more than I could since I have my oh so lovely M400 that I use 95% of the time. It's not often that I track my daily activity and steps throughout the day. My hubby does that! However, there are some days that I choose to and I would prefer the watch to have that capability. 

I went to Starved Rock to do some training and I don't get up there too often, but that will be changing as we will be frequenting the place from now on seeing as how it's only 45 minutes from me. During our outing, we recorded his activity. 

The Polar A300 is so unique! One of the things that draws me to the A300 is the skin changing capabilities that this watch has. As you can see in the photo below, you can take the skin off of the watch and change the wristband to different colors (sold separately). I think that is such a fun feature! The wristbands are made of silicone and they are very comfortable to wear just like the M400. I have had problems of itchy and irritated skin with other HRMs and fitness trackers. And I must say, my skin is a HUGE fan of the silicone material.  

This fitness and activity tracker tracks your daily activity at different intensity levels, counts steps, distance, and burned calories. The watch will let you know with a vibration when you have been inactive for too long. This watch can also track your sleep. It has the ability to track your sleep duration and the quality of your sleep. When paired with the Polar H7 heart rate sensor, it can track your heart rate during workouts and you are able to use the watch as a HRM. 

Tip: Just like with the other HRM sensors, we experienced some connection issues to the A300 when we used only water to moisturize the chest strap. It's going to happen sometimes, especially if you are not getting sweaty. To nip this issue in the bud, we like to apply a small amount of electrode gel before applying the strap and you will have absolutely no connection issues versus using just the water. 

To see more information about your activity and training, you can connect to the Polar Flow Web Service and app to view more in depth information and charts. 

The A300 is waterproof and can be used in water, which excites me! If you are a swimmer, or you do a lot of obstacle course races and mud runs, then you could definitely benefit from this watch! Hubby and I have not been able to fully test all the of the capabilities of this watch, like the waterproof aspect of it. I would really like this thing to the pool or the beach sometime!!

Another feature that draws me to the A300 is the EnergyPointer. It's a simple indicator which tells you during workouts if the main effect of your training is fat burning or fitness improvement. This feature is one of my top favorites about the Polar training computers, but only certain ones have them (FT7, A300, and Loop).

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Before using the A300, my husband has used all types of fitness monitors and trackers, including UP by Jawbone and the FitBit Flex. The Jawbone was used for a little over a year and he used Fitbit Flex for a little less than a year. He prefers the A300 over both of those trackers because there's more benefits with the A300, while keeping the functionality simple, yet advanced. 

I prefer the A300 over other fitness trackers as well because I don't prefer fitness trackers and monitors that only track daily activity and doesn't include heart rate monitoring and training. My only complaint and dislike... They don't offer a peach-colored wristband (yet)! Lately, I have been obsessed with all things peach-colored. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Monthly Weigh-In: April 2015 - Other News and Updates

Weight Loss/Gain: -5 lbs 

Total Weight Loss (Round 2): 31.1 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 52 lbs

Transformation photo. This body is transforming and I am so proud!
The month of April was a slow month for me. The scale was at a halt for most of the month, during the times I decided to weigh myself. Towards the end of the month the scale moved, FINALLY! I wanted to see 222 lbs on the scale during weigh-in, but I didn't have my hopes up. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and that's okay! At least I still made the scale move for the month of April even if it was in the last week of the month and only 5 lbs. 

I was honestly preparing myself to tell you all that the scale didn't move at all for that month, but things changed last minute!! I was shocked, to say the least. I thought I might have been hitting a plateau. When I looked at my info for the entire month, I felt that it was most likely my lack of training. I had to take more rest days than I would have liked, but my body needed it, so there really wasn't a whole lot that I could have done or changed. I did the right thing by resting when I needed to, even if it was more often.

Here's to moving on to a new month! I am hoping my body will let me train a little harder this month. I am feeling stronger and I am learning of new ways to keep my nagging knee pain in check, so I can keep training while minimizing my risk for injuries. 

In other news and updates..... 

I have been slacking with posts on the blog for the past week because I have been so busy with spring cleaning, mom things, the fit expo and life in general. That's why I am just getting around to posting this post.

The Chicago Lozilu Mud Run on May 9th has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. When I heard the news, I was really bummed.  

I attended TheFitExpo Chicago this past weekend and had a blast. I will have the post up soon! 

I was able to review the Polar A300 and I will have that post for you all tomorrow.

Those of you that follow me on social media most likely already know this news, but for those of you that haven't heard the good news.... In March, I found out that I was selected to be on the Pearl Izumi U.S. Run Champions Team and my welcome race kit came about two weeks ago. I will have a more detailed post soon.