GYMBOSS Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}


If you spend any time here at The Life in Bloom then you know that I absolutely love my Kettlebell, HIIT, Running and pretty much any kind of interval training!

Not sure what interval training is? Basically an interval workout is a workout where you have bursts of intense workout followed by a short rest . The two of the most common types that you’re probably hearing about are TABATA and HIIT. Each of these workout require a period of time of very hard exercise followed by a short amount of rest time {example: 45 seconds of burpees  followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 5+ times}

Love interval workouts? But…are you like me, and have gotten distracted and lost count of your sets or reps? Then the Gymboss Interval Timer is something you need!

I have tried numerous timers, apps, stopwatches, and even watching the clock. Then I was sent a GYMBOSS  {from the wonderful people at GYMBOSS} Let me tell you, WOW! It is by far the best interval timer I have ever used! I love it and I’m never looking back!

unnamed-2 copySo let’s talk a little bit about what I love about my GYMBOSS!

I really love it’s  basically a “set it and forget it” gadget! Once you start it there is are alerts to tell you start your workout or rest! With the GYMBOSS I didn’t have to worry about continuously looking at my phone, watch or clock. While using the GYMBOSS there is a countdown which I think is great and really helps motivate me to keep pushing on…especially during HIIT, Running and Planks! {Side note: how many of us have spent too time looking at the clock or watches on to realize we lost track of our reps…that’s really annoying!}

A few of my favorite features:

  • It’s extremely easy to use. I set mine up in about 90 seconds!
  • It’s really small, remember pagers? It’s about that size!
  • It’s extremely light and portable. It even has a clip so that you can clip it onto the equipment you’re using {like a treadmill} or you can clip it on your clothes!unnamed-3 copy I really like this option, previously I had been using an app on my iPhone…you know the whole sticking it in the bra strap, then it falls out or down your shirt. The GYMBOSS is certainly lighter and easier to attach to my clothes then my phone…AND it stays put!
  • It’s also water and shock resistant, which is really cool if you were a heavy sweater {*ahem like me}

As I previously mentioned I had been using an app on my phone. The first time I used my GYMBOSS I noticed something WONDERFUL…GYMBOSS does not time out. Seriously, when you’re  working hard there’s nothing worse than having your phone time out causing you to miss hearing the alarm or not see that you have completed that set…ugh!

Here’s the built-in features :

  • 1 or 2 intervals – 2 seconds to 99 minutes
  • Repeat up to 99 times
  • Beep and/or Vibrate alarm
  • Alarm duration 1, 5, or 10 seconds
  • Stopwatch function
  • Secure Belt clip
  • Compact Size (1 ¾ x 2 ¼ x ½ inches)
  • Water and shock resistant
  • AAA battery required

Final thoughts:

I love my GYMBOSS! Starting at $19.99 it would make the perfect gift {holidays, birthdays ect} for that fit fanatic in your life! Psst…I’m getting my hubby one for Christmas!


There are so many great ways to use GYMBOSS that anyone and everyone will love it! How would you use a GYMBOSS?:

  • Kettlebell
  • Running
  • Cardio
  • Crossfit
  • Tabata
  • HIIT
  • Weight Training
  • Stretching and more

So far my favorite way to use my GYMBOSS it running interval training and Kettlebell workouts…and I decided to share a fun Kettlebell Circuit!


How to: Do each move as many times as possible for 45 seconds, rest 15 seconds then move to the next move. Complete the all moves then repeat 5X

Sooooo, how will you time yourself during this circuit? Don’t have a GYMBOSS? Well, I can help!

I’m beyond excited to announce that I have partnered with GYMBOSS to giveaway a Gymboss Interval Timer to one lucky reader! The winner gets to pick the color {Check out all the colors!}
AWESOME right?!?

Click below to enter a Win a FREE GYMBOSS!!!


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Special Thank You to GYMBOSS for providing me with this AWESOME Interval timer!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide FITNESS Edition!!!


Starting tomorrow {11/25} I will be sharing some of my all time favorite fitness “must haves”! I even have some great giveaways that you don’t want to miss! So, meet me back here tomorrow!

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My Atkins Journey {Frozen Meals & Endulge Treats}

All this month I’ve been sharing about my new journey on the Atkins 40 diet/meal plan {You can read the previous posts here and here}

Today I wanted to give you an update on how it’s been going and I want to tell you all about Atkins frozen meals!

First off, here I am about three weeks-ish into my Atkins 40 diet! Things are going absolutely wonderful, I’m losing weight but most importantly I’m so happy with how I feel, my energy level is so much higher and I’m really feeling good about myself…it hasn’t been that way for a while.

My journey hasn’t been all sunshine and lollipops, one of the most difficult parts for me is not over snacking and my chocolate cravings. I married to the biggest sweet tooth I know and I have become accustomed to always having all different kinds of chocolate treats in the house! But when I told my husband that I wanted to do the Atkins diet he was 100% on board so this has been a journey for both of us. We have been diligently cleaning out our pantries and making healthier choices..rather than the bag of M&Ms or other snacks that we would have previously glommed on to. Honestly, I’d be lying if I told you that it been the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life… it hasn’t been. It in fact was a little rough the first few days but honestly what has gotten us through it is the Atkins Endulge line of delicious treats!

My husband and I have been able to replace our favorite peanut M&Ms with the Atkins Chocolate Covered Peanut Candies. For a little perspective…the Atkins Chocolate Covered Peanuts come individually wrapped with a very good-sized portion, there are five packages to the box and they have 150 cal and ONLY 1net carb. Now go look at your favorite candy wrapper…yeah it’s pretty crazy!

One thing that you might be asking yourself is “but this is going to be diet food candy right?” Absolutely wrong! The Endulge line does have that diet food, sugar-free candy taste that I know a lot of you were thinking! The Endulge line is amazing, it is so good currently mine and my husbands top favorites are the

You should defiantly go try them…all!

Frozen Meals:

Okay, I know what you’re thinking “yuck frozen meals, they have no taste and are sick right?” Wrong! But, If you’re like me and you have had a frozen meal at any time in the past, you shutter at the thought of willingly eating one. Honestly it has been very few and far between that I have had a frozen meal that was actually good. So when I discovered that Atkins had a line of frozen meals, I was not over the moon and excited to try them because everything that I had experienced screamed frozen meals are just not good. So, you can imagine my surprise when I finally broke down and I bought four frozen meals. I figured ‘okay I’m going to give these a try’ The first one that I made was the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry.

Friends, let me tell you this was probably the best sesame chicken stir fry that I’ve ever had…including restaurants…no joke! The sesame chicken stir fry is full of delicious white meat chicken breast, green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli and the sesame sauce is to die for…the best part? 350 cals and ONLY 7net carbs!! Once again Atkins has exceeded my expectations!

I want to take a few minutes and tell you about my other favorite Atkins frozen meals: {I have yet to have a frozen meal that I have not loved!}

The Beef Merlot:

Once again this Atkins frozen meal is delicious! It has tender beef with Merlot wine sauce and broccoli. This is one of my go to Favorite lunches, it’s wonderful AND it’s only 310 cal and only 6net carbs!

Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy:

Now, I grew up in the South/Midwest and meatloaf was one of my mom’s most favorite meals to make when I was growing up, so, I know a good meatloaf when I taste one. I’ve got to tell you Atkins is onto something with this meatloaf! It is so amazing! This delicious meatloaf (which is a fairly large portion) comes smothered in the yummiest mushroom gravy with cauliflower and fire roasted zucchini and green beans! It has 320 cal and only 7net carbs

Swedish Meatballs:

Now, these are brand-new in the store that I regularly shop at. I was so excited when I saw them because I’ve always loved Swedish meatballs 🙂 and Atkins Swedish Meatballs did not disappoint! They are so good, they are pork and beef and come in a yummy rich sour cream gravy with tons mushrooms and onions! This makes a perfect lunch or dinner and is 350 cal and only 6net carbs

The Orange Chicken:

Just like the Swedish meatballs this too was brand-new and my regular store so I was very excited I absolutely love Asian food and one of my all-time favorites is orange chicken…I haven’t had orange chicken in a long while, because recently I decided to read the nutrition facts (whoa) This Atkins orange chicken was AMAZING! It’s grilled chicken breast with bok choy, edamame and carrots with a spicy orange sauce. All the flavors are so good together this is for sure going to be one of my absolute favorites! I even joked with my husband that if we have some friends come over we could get a couple different orange chicken meals and making them and see if our friends even notice that it’s not takeout…They won’t!


The Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo: (sorry no photo I accidentally deleted it)

The very first time I had this, I couldn’t believe how good it smelled while it was cooking! My husband who works from home actually came upstairs and asked what I was cooking and told me that it smelled exactly like the olive garden! And he wasn’t wrong 🙂 This delicious meal is white meat chicken breast with broccoli and a real Parmesan Romano Alfredo cheese sauce it is so delicious and only has 330 cal and only 5net carbs

I don’t know what Atkins is doing but these frozen meals are amazing…and so is the Endulge line!

If you’re trying to watch what you eat or watch your carbs I highly recommend giving the Atkins Frozen Meals a try, if you have a sweet tooth but you don’t want all the carbs and all the sugar I also very highly recommend the Atkins Endulge line you will not be disappointed!

Keep an eye out at the end of this month for an update and I’m going to share with you about the Atkins meal bars!

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My first week on Atkins!

Remember at the end of October when I shared {in this post} that I would be starting Atkins soon? Well, today I want to tell you all about my first week on Atkins 40!

A Atkins 40 Reminder:

With Atkins 40 instead of doing the regular Atkins program broken down into phases, starting with 20 grams of net carbs a day, Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means, you 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!

My 1st week in review:

My first week on Atkins exceeded my expectations! I honestly expected the week to start out a little rocky and stressful, but it didn’t! I was so pleased with how easy it was to basically do a 180 on my eating habits. The best part was that didn’t feel deprived or have to suffer through tasteless meals since Atkins has a whole line of frozen meals, meal bars, snack bars, treats and shakes to help me stay on track, and they are all SO delicious!

I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you some of my day 1 concerns and worries.

1.) Will I be able to count carbs?

Before starting Atkins I have to admit I was a little nervous about counting carbs, I’m a busy mom with very busy kids so I have grown accustomed to eating as I go and not reading food labels…it’s not a great system but up until Atkins that’s where I was!

Although there are apps out there to help stay on track I know me and I’m old school and prefer to write it all down so, I grabbed a journal and started writing everything down.

What I discovered is that I absolutely love keeping track of what I’m eating and counting carbs…it sounds weird I know 🙂 During the first week I became very vigil about reading labels and I was horrified how many carbs were in some of my family’s favorite “healthy” meals and snacks! After reading one such label on a seemingly healthy food and discovering it contained more than 36g of carbs (whoa) my husband and I decided we would be reading labels from now on! To be honest, it was a little hard not to look back on the way that I had been eating with shame, but I had to remind myself that what’s done is done and today is a new day and I am moving forward to a healthier lifestyle!

2.) Will I be hungry all the time?:

I was a little or a lot concerned that I would be hungry all the time. When I hear “diet” or “eating plan” the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m going to starve!” It sound ridiculous I know…but hey I really like food! That was absolutely NOT the case! I was stunned on day one when I found myself still satisfied during times of the day when previously I would have been STARVING! I felt so much more content and healthy! Not to mention I had a TON more energy!

Here is one of my past days of meals with the Atkins 40:

  • Breakfast: two eggs, two pieces of bacon, one med tomato and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar
  • Lunch: 5oz. hamburger with cheddar cheese, one med tomato, avocado, rolled in a mission low-carb tortilla
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
  • Dinner: 6 ounces of rotisserie chicken, one cup of spinach, one small tomato, 1/2 cup chopped red peppers and 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers
  • Snack: Atkins Endulge Pecan Caramel Clusters

{Look for my big review on Atkins delicious frozen meals next week!}

3.) What about my chocolate obsession?:

I really REALLY like love chocolate so the idea of cutting carbs means no more candy or treats right? WRONG! The amazing people at Atkins have created the most unbelievable Endulge line of tasty little treats!

They have everything, brownies, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered peanuts, peanut butter cups and so many more {all with extremely low carbs} Got a sweet tooth? No worries with Atkins! Endulge has been life changing for myself and my husband {who honestly has the biggest sweet tooth I have ever seen!} We are truly able to have our cake {Peanut Butter Cups} and eat it too!


4.) Will I only be eating meat?:

Recently I was chatting with a group of friends and upon hearing that I was doing Atkins a few of them totally freaked out saying “you are only eating meat? That’s not good” and “too much meat is unhealthy” Atkins is often referred to as the “protein” diet {at least that’s what I’ve heard from my friends and family}

With Atkins yes, I am eating protein including meat, fish and plant-based proteins but Atkins so much more than just protein, in fact, did you know that with Atkins you eat more vegetables then the USDA even recommends?

In addition to all the yummy vegetables I get to eat there are all kinds of healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts. Dairy like Greek yogurt and cheeses. Also, fruits and whole grains!

Atkins is all about finding the healthy balance between the protein, healthy fats and carbs you consume every single day, resulting in you body burning fat instead of burn carbs.

5.) Will I really lose weight?:

Since entering my 30s {ahem a few years ago} I’ve had a bit more of a difficult time losing weight, because this I find myself being more concerned with if a “diet” or a workout is going to really result in losing weight and inches.

On day one of my Atkins journey I made sure to weigh myself and take measurements. Honestly, I was so excited at the thought that I might lose a pound or two, maybe three! I might even loose an inch or two overall! The thought seemed awesome! Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut. Blah!

I counted my carbs, read labels, worked out and eagerly awaited day 7, I couldn’t wait to see what I had lost! Well, day 7 came and I didn’t lose 2 pounds, I didn’t lose 5 pounds, heck I didn’t even lose 8 pounds…I lost 10 pounds! To say I was ecstatic would be an HUGE understatement! I couldn’t believe it, there I was thinking I was going to limit carbs and start eating more vegetables and maybe in a week I lose a pound or two. When I stepped on the scale my jaw dropped and I thought “oh my gosh I lost 10 pounds!” then preceded to jump up and down! Wow! It was unexpected and AWESOME!

Oh but theres more…I lost more than just 10 pounds, I lost more than 3 inches of my waist and hips (overall). To be honest I didn’t even notice that I had lost inches until one day my family arrived home from a very long and extremely overwhelming day and all I wanted to do was put on some comfortable clothes and relax. When I went to change my mind was somewhere else, when I suddenly realized that I had taken off my previously tight skinny jeans WITHOUT unbuttoning or unzipping them…I hadn’t even realized they had gotten that baggy! Eek! I’m 10 lbs lighter and an entire pant size smaller and counting!!

Bottom line! Atkins is absolutely hands down the perfect plan for me! I cannot wait to see the changes to come! Keep an eye out for more updates by connecting with me

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The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle FINAL DAYS!

Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!

Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?

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For the family…

The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.

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But it still gets better…

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So now you know…

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But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

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Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of included resources.

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Reaching the Lost


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Commercial Break Workout!

tvworkoutWe all need a little break right?! Sometimes we all need time to veg out and decompress from our busy days! For many of us it’s by watching our favorite show. That is the case for my hubby and I! We have our favorite few shows per week and they are perfect decompression for us. But…please tell me I am not the only one that finds commercials incredibly irritating! How many times have you been watching your favorite show only to be bombarded by the same two or three commercials the entire time…ugh that’s really annoying.

Did you know that the average 30 minute show has about 8 minutes of advertisements broken down into two or three commercial breaks? And for your favorite hour-long program it’s upwards of 15 minutes of commercial breaks…whoa considering our faves are the hour-long show!

Let’s not continue to get irritated when the commercials start, let’s start working out during them! Think about all the time we’ve been missing out on! Gone are the days that I will say “I don’t even have 10 minutes to workout”

Instead of standing idly by while this prime workout time slips through my fingers, I’ve created a fun little commercial break workout! The workout is based on a half-hour show resulting in nine commercials broken down over three commercial breaks. {If you are watching an hour show complete the workout and then start back at the beginning once you have surpassed 9 commercials!}

Do one workout per commercial…and here’s the fun part, I’m not gonna limit this workout to a certain amount of reps…instead I wanted to make is a mini HIIT commercial break workout! Fun right!

Below I have made a fun little printable! {Click to Download}

CBworkoutComplete each workout as many times as possible during each commercial {For the plank hold for the entirety of the commercial}

Not watching TV? Do each work out for 45-60 seconds

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