Time for a Lifestyle Change with Atkins Weight Loss Program!

As I continue in my weight loss journey I’ve made all kinds of changes in my workouts and now it’s time for a total complete diet/lifestyle change! I’m so excited that starting in November {just a few days away} I will be starting the Atkins 40 diet/weight-loss program, and I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am about this!

Not the familiar with Atkins? Well let me tell you all about it:

First and for most, Atkins is 100% FREE – there is no cost to do the program. Atkins offers an online community, resource center, recipes, tools and meal plans at Atkins.com

Did you know that Atkins is the original and leading low-carb weight loss program? The Atkins diet is designed to flip the bodies metabolic switch from burning carbs to burn fat! Who doesn’t want that?

That metabolic switch is flipped by protein intake and healthy fat intake as well as keeping carbs low.

Why lower carbs? When eating carbohydrates in excess it raises blood levels of saturated fat and triglycerides and lowers the good (HDL) cholesterol. When left uncorrected these increased levels can lead to type two diabetes.

What’s the Atkins 40?

Basically, instead of doing the regular Atkins program that is broken down into phases where you start the program with 20 grams of net carbs a day, the Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means I can eat from all the food groups starting on day one of the program all while still enjoying weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism! Yes!!

What to expect with the Atkins 40?

  • Lots of vegetables (in fact more than the USDA recommends!)
  • Proteins including meat, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
  • Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
  • Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
  • A variety of fruits and whole grains

Wow, that doesn’t sound like I will be depriving myself of anything!

Why am I so excited about the Atkins 40 {other than the things that I’ve listed above}?

I love carbs but they do not love me. They taste good for a minutes but then they make me feel sluggish for the rest of the day and in the long run cause me gain weight (who wants that!) by starting the Atkins 40 I’m saying enough is enough! I’m sick of it! I want to take my health (and body) to whole new level!

Something that I really love about The Atkins program is that it’s broken down into small meals a day rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner. I absolutely love this. I’ll tell you a secret, I have very bad eating habit, I do not eat breakfast. I know that I should, I know that my body needs it, I know! However, for some reason I allow myself to ignore what I know is right and continue day after day not eating breakfast. I’m so excited that with Atkins I have to eat breakfast to get the fuel I need so that I can burn the fat and lose weight. Atkins is definitely the push that I need!! In additions to my pitfalls…remember above when I mentioned how excess carbohydrates lowers the good cholesterol? Well wouldn’t you know, about three days ago my husband got lab results back and we have found out that my husband in fact has high cholesterol. So he too is really excited about doing Atkins with me!!

Atkins.com has an awesome printable/pdf Carb Counter to make counting carbs easy!

There is an Atkins App!!

Within the app you will find all kinds of great stuff including:

  • Food Search – Get nutritional information on grocery items, restaurant meals, and over 1,600 delicious Atkins recipes and products. Search by keyword or scan the UPC label.
  • Progress – Keep up with your weight loss goals by tracking net carbs consumed each day based on your Atkins Phase, plus track your weight and how close you are to reaching your goal.
  • Daily Plan – Follow the optional recommended daily meal plan or create your own custom low-carb plan for each day based on your Atkins Phase. Add Atkins products, your choice of over 1,600 low-carb recipes, or add foods on your own.
  • Phases – Discover all the delicious foods acceptable in each Phase and create your daily plan based on your carb range.
  • Dining Out – Find a restaurant with menu items in your selected carb range. Search for restaurants based on meal type, name and location.

Atkins has a number of different products to help you achieve your weight loss goal and success! These can all be found in your local grocery store!

I’m so excited about all the great things that The Atkins 40 offers, like, more vegetables and less added sugars. Protein and healthy fats! I can’t wait to start a brand new low-carb lifestyle!

Lastly, I love that Atkins allows you to lose weight, feel great, all while you get to enjoy a healthy foods! No depriving yourself with tastelessness!

Keep an eye out for all my Atkins updates! I cannot wait to see my eating and body change! What about you? Ready to give Atkins a try?

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 27: DemonBells Sugarskull Kettlebell Review}

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unnamed-2It only seems fitting that during my 31 Days of Kettlebells, I would share all about my most favorite kettlebell! My Kettlebell comes from an AWESOME company called DemonBells – that specializes in unique kettlebells men & women {and apparel} DemonBells was founded by Ryan Williams who is a former Navy SEAL with experience in CrossFit, SEALFit, MMA, Westside Powerlifting, Tactical Athlete Program (TAP), Athlete’s Performance Institute (API), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), MovNat and others…this dude is AWESOME!

Ryan wants the absolute best:

  • DemonBells Kettlebells are 100% made in the USA by American hands!
  • They are Created, designed and ergonomically shaped by hand in San Diego, California.
  • They are made from High quality, satin black, corrosion and chip resistant powder coat. Above industry standard.

From the moment I ripped open the package I knew that I found a company that I loved! Not only is the kettlebell gorgeous, but the quality is FANTASIC! {by the way, yes I did rip it opened, before the UPS guy was even back to his truck!}

Let me introduce you to my beautiful little lady!

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This particular Kettlebell is called SugarSkull “Demonbelle” and she obviously geared towards women.

For months I kept seeing DemonBells and this SugarSkull Kettlebell everywhere…pinterest…there it was…instagram…yep! From the first time I saw the SugarSkull “Demonbelle I wanted it! I loved the fact that it was a SugarSkull {I’ve always loved the history behind the Day of the Dead  – where beautifully painted skulls honor a family member or friend who has passed away.} DemonBells offers more than just this lovely…

DemonBells has Two Different Lines of Kettlebells:
The Performance Line: The main line of kettlebells with ergonomic features that reduces forearm impact. The Performance Line ranges in weights from 8 k {18lbs} – 32 k {72lbs}
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The Warrior Line: These are Kettlebells with “faces.” These are awesomely unique!  They also provide the same ergonomic features as the performance line. The Warrior Line ranges in weight  from 7 k {16lbs} – 32 k {72lbs}

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There are many different “faces” to choose from:

 SugarSkull {7k, 12k,16k} there are

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Pink SugarSkull {7k, 12k,16k}

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Hannya {16k}

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Daimon {24k}

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Spartan Warrior {24k} I really want to get this bad boy for my hubby!

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The Big Boi {32k}

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My husband and I had so much fun working out together with my  SugarSkull “Demonbelle”  {12k – 26lb} Before my SugarSkull, I had been using a 15lb plastic coated kettlebell…WOW big difference! Not only was the weight almost doubled but the DemonBell was easier to grip and hold on to, My husband loved the shape of the Kettlebell as well! To be honest I was a little nervous increasing the weight I was used to but once I started using my SugarSkull I didn’t even notice the weight difference. Whereas I wasn’t feeling challenged with my 15pounder even if I increased the reps. I was defiantly challenged {still am} with the SugarSkull! In addition the DemonBell has increased my stamina HUGLY! The first time I did kettlebell swings, high pulls and figure 8’s I could was fatigued and tired after 20 or so reps, now, my reps have increased 2x and 3x that! Now, don’t get me it is a KILLER workout, but I have built up so much more strength! My husband loved it as well, but I think he would probably prefer a 24k + over a 12k :)

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Some of our favorite Kettlebell Workouts:

  • Two Armed & One Armed Kettlebell Swings
  • Halo {PLEASE do not do this move unless you are in control of the weight and it isn’t too heavy…no injuries please!}
  • Figure 8’s
  • Deadlift Squat
  • Sumo Squat with High Pull
  • Two Armed & One Armed High Pulls
  • Windmill
  • Single Arm Row

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DemonBell kettlebells are shaped and formed with the ergonomic features to:

  • Reduces impact forces on your forearms by 90%
  • Reduction possible injury during strenuous workouts
  • Help reduce fatigue
  • Reduces your risk of losing your balance
On thing that I want to address is the weight issue. A lot of women are afraid of using more than 3, 5, 8 pound weights for fear of becoming “bulky” or too musclier…I obviously do not feel that way. You do not need to be afraid of lifting heavier weights. Keep in mind that the men and women who are career body builders have made it into a career. These men and women are devoting day after day to lifting &  eating a particular diet…it’s their career.
So don’t be afraid of heavier weight! In fact, there are some pretty fantastic perks to lifting heavier, including but not limited to:
  • You will Torch Body Fat
  • You’ll Burn More Calories
  • You have More Defined Muscles
  • You’ll Build up Strength and Stamina Faster
  • You will lose Belly Fat
  • You will feel SO good

DemonBells recently introduced the beautiful Pink SugarSkull! Yes! I am in love and I think my hubby needs to get this for me {Abe are you reading this} This Kettlebell is more than just a pretty face, she represents something bigger – the Fight Against Breast Cancer. During the month of October DemonBells will be donating $20 for ever Pink SugarSkull sold to Breast Cancer Research! PLEASE, if you are wanting to purchase your very first Kettlebell or add to you gym, consider getting one of the beautiful Belles that support something most of us have been effected or touched by!

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I want to give a shout out the Ryan! I have had the amazing honor to work with a number of companies over the years and I have to tell you Ryan and DemonBells has been on of the most fantastic I have EVER worked with! Thank you for kindness during my difficult time!

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Homeschool in the Woods Knight Lap Pak {Review & Giveaway}

I was provided with this Lap Pak from Homeschool in the Woods in exchange for my honest review and thoughts. See my full disclosure policy.

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Remember last month when I did a Homeschool in the Woods Lap Pak review and giveaway? {Although the giveaway is over you can read the review here} Ever since then I have been absolutely in love with Homeschool in the Woods and they’re a Lap Pak!

I’m beyond thrilled that Jaron {from Homeschool in the Woods} and I have teamed up again!! To bring you the KNIGHTS Lap Pak! The awesome family at Homeschool in the Woods graciously sent me the Knights Lap Pak! Thank you!

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The Kinights Lap Pak is a bit different from the 20th Century in America Pak because it is geared to the younger age: kindergarten through second-grade, where as the 20th Century Lap Pak was for 3rd to 8th grade!

What does this mean? The booklet is a little bit smaller than the 20th Century which is great for my kindergartners, and there is more coloring, cutting and gluing, again perfect for my little ones!

So let’s jump in! I want to tell you all about the Knights Lap Pak!

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The booklet is 24 pages and absolutely wonderful!  It is written from the perspective of one of the Knights thus making it really come alive for the kids! Within the booklet the sections are broken into small chunks perfect for kindergarten through third grade!

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Some of the sections included in the Knights Lap Pak:

  • Dawn of the Knights
  • What is the “Knight” ?
  • Becoming a Kight
  • Tournaments
  • A Knights Armor
  • The Code of Chivalry

And so much more!

IMG_5706 IMG_5707 IMG_5705Something that I love about this Lap Pak is that there was very little prep time for me! I just went ahead and printed out all the activities for all three children (I included my fourth grade son as well! He LOVED it and had a great time!)

Once again Homeschool in the Woods went all out with their beautiful hand drawn illustrations! Like the other Lap Pak this is a very flexible program! We can do what we want when we want to do it. There were some days when we would only do 1 or 2 sections, where as two days ago we ended up doing 4 sections!

The Lap Pak is perfect for those low-key when just hanging out at home no coops or outings! It is perfect days when you have sick little ones too! Now that we’re coming into that season where he want to stay more indoors this study is absolutely perfect!

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How long do it take to complete?

We decided to do this Lap Pak over a two-week period. We did not work on the study all 14 days however we did it most days and did little bits and pieces at a time! It could easily be broken down into a month study or longer if that is what you prefer.

Like I mentioned above this Lap Pak requires quite a bit of cutting, coloring and gluing which my kids loved, even though my middle son is not big on coloring he had a great time with it and really enjoyed the coloring…he even asked to do more!{thank you so much Homeschool in the Woods!}

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During the course of the study, while the kids were working on their activities, I would read some books that we got from the library (we pretty much got any book we can find about Knights!) For my older son we checked out some of the Magic Treehouse books about Knights for him! They were great and he loved them.

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I absolutely adore this Lap Pak and my children love it so much at this is definitely going to be one that we do every single year and go over again and again throughout this year!

I’m not gonna let you go home empty-handed! Remember above when I mentioned that I’ve partnered again with  Homeschool in the Woods? Well guess what I am again giving away a Homeschool in the Woods Lap Pak of your choice! How cool is that!

Get it HERE!

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Homeschool in the Woods for an AWESOME giveaway! The winner will get to pick their favorite downloadable Lap Pak! {choose from 20th Century (grades 3-8), Knights orBenjamin Franklin (both – grades K-2)

Enter Below!

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*Giveaway will run from 10/24/14 –11/8/14  A winner will be selected 11/8/14 – contacted via email 11/9/14 *U.S Residents

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 23: Kettlebell WOD}

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Today I wanted to share a bit of encouragement along with a Kettlebell WOD {workout of the day}

Last night, as I was scrolling through pinterest I stumbled across something perfectly encouraging! I had been feeling a little or a lot discouraged after taking some much needed time off. I have been struggling with beating up self up about that time off, feeling overwhelmed like I’ve taken 1000 steps backwards. Then I saw this…

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Awesome huh! No matter what yesterday was like, today is a new day to start fresh and workout hard!

Now on to the workout!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Like most of my workouts this can be done pretty much anywhere! Its a fairly quick yet butt kicking WOD!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 22: Crossfit Mini Workout}

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Got a busy week and don’t have a ton of time to workout? No worries, I’ve got a sweat enducing, butt kicking, hurts so good Crossfit Mini workout for you! Best of all it will take less than 20 minutes!!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Crossfit/HIIT then do what is comfortable for you. You might only be able to do 2 rounds…that’s ok, work up to the full 5 rounds!
  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Ready to sweat and torch some fat? Yeah, me too!

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Want to really feel the burn? Do this bad boy once in the morning and once in the evening…burn baby burn!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 21: Onnit Academy Kettlebell Workout and SALE!}

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Hey guys! Today I want to share a awesome workout from an AWESOME company! A few months ago I got to collaborate with Onnit and try out one of there amazing battle ropes {you can read all about that HERE!} Since then I have LOVED the Onnit Academy…its awesome!

The Onnit Academy Mission

The objective of Onnit Academy is to teach men and women of all ages and abilities the techniques and methodologies to overcome any physical challenge. Whether it is to dominate a competitive sport, be ready for the trials that life may bring, or simply maintain a level of sustainable, injury free fitness, Onnit Academy is as versatile and adaptable as the unconventional methods themselves. Onnit Academy understands that for peak performance, all aspects of a person need to be optimized so comprehension of the fundamentals of nutrition and mental preparation will also be encouraged.

So I was so excited to find this Kick A@$ workout on Onnit Academy! It seems like all too often Kettlebell workouts focus on the arm but that’s not the case with this bad boy…its all about legs!!!

Pretty great huh! I’m sure you noticed the girl in the video was rockin double bells…if you don’t have two kettlebell that are the same wight, no worries just use one. {If you are new to kettlebells use one at a lighter weight and work up to a heavier weight.}

So not only is Onnit and Onnit Academy AWESOME but there is a killer sale going on right now!!! 12% off EVERYTHING when you use code: Fall72

In the store you will find all kinds of great stuff:

  • Supplements
  • Foods
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Onnit Gear
  • Knowledge
  • Personal Care
  • Power Packs

The sale goes from NOW until 10/24 so act fast!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 20: Booty Work}

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Have you heard the saying when it rains it pours? Well, that is been my life over the last week and a half. I had such high hopes for each day of this 31 day challenge, unfortunately my life has been turned upside down and I haven’t met my expectations. Instead of looking back in disappointment, I want to move forward for the next 11 days and share some of the awesomeness I had planned!! {My plan for the days I’ve missed? I have decided to do a Kettlebell 10 day tone up in the month of November!}

Tomorrow we’re going to look at more at some awesome kettlebell workouts but for today I wanted to focus on that backside!

I don’t know about you but I’ve got some junk in the trunk and I want to tone it up! Here is a fun &  quick workout that you can do anywhere, that will help you tone up that booty!

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Donkey Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • Right foot flexed and leg bent, raise your right leg and press your heel toward the ceiling as high as you can
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • Keep your knee off the ground
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with a Kick

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your right leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back down
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your left leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back dow
  • That’s one Rep

Fire Hydrant {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • With feet flexed and bent knee, lift your right leg out to the side until your inner thigh is parallel with the floor
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with Pulse

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Pulse up and down for 10 counts {try to stay in a nice deep squat position the whole time}
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Standing Chair Kicks {Complete 15 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

{Get a tall chair and face it away from you}

  • Stand the length of your arms behind the chair
  • Grab the back of the seat with both hands for balance
  • Feet together
  • Lean forward slightly
  • Lift your right leg directly behind you
  • Tighten glutes, while keeping  your hips square with the chair
  • Raise your leg as high as you can
  • Lower your leg to the starting position.
  • That’s one Rep

 

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