My Asics Gel-Fit Sana Shoes {Review}

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Since becoming a FitFluential Ambassador I have been given so many awesome opportunities, Like recently when I was given a chance to try out the new Asics Gel-Fit Sana shoes. I was really excited about the shoes because they are a crosstraining shoe and the last pair of shoes I bought were running shoes. I do a lot of different training drills such as jumping and sprinting so I was really excited to see how the Gel-Fit Sana was going to perform!

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When unboxing the Asics Gel-Fit Sana I immediately notice that these are very trim and snug shoes, very similar to a water shoe {which I love because in the past I’ve had a problem of shoes being too loose from my toes to my heel and I’ve always liked the feel of a water shoe but generally you can’t really do any running or training in those}

flexIn addition to their snug feel they are also very light weight it feels like you’re walking on clouds or memory foam {you know that stuff that we have mattresses and mattress pads made out of?} Because of the cushy soles the shoes also have a springy bounce to them… That’s probably why they’re perfect for agility training 😉 They are also extremely flexible! Honestly, wearing these is just like being barefoot!

The shoes are also extremely breathable because they are made out of a wonderful mesh that not only keeps your feet and ankles snug and in place but also allows your feet to breathe. Ok, so I know this is really gross but my feet get really hot and sweaty and this can cause some serious discomfort, but that has not been the case at all with the Asics Gel-Fit Sana‘s are amazing…even in the winter!

These shoes grip like you wouldn’t believe. So I don’t know about you but I hate when my shoes have minimal traction, I like knowing my feet are going to stay where I plant them! The Asics Gel-Fit Sana does just that! Recently we actually got some real winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest and I was so excited to see how my Asics would do in snow and ice. Yeah, they did {and are doing} AWESOME. Every night my husband and I do a 2 mile walk in our neighborhood. shoes6Last week we had gotten a pretty nasty ice/rain storm then the temperatures plummeted resulting in our neighborhood becoming a ice skating rink!
My hubby and weren’t about to let something like silly ice stop us! Let me tell you the Asiscs did AMAZING!!! I was able to keep my feet planted with very minimal slipping! Oh and remember how I told you that they are mesh…yeah that pretty awesome because by the time we got home my feel were soaked yet not cold and they dried in about an hour upon returning home…Oh I love that!

The Gel-Fit Sana shoes come in a bunch of beautiful colors but I could not stray from my love of pink and purple so of course those are the ones that I selected but check out different color selections:

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So how do I go about testing training shoes? Well, I have been wearing them every single day for the last few weeks and I’ve got to tell you I am in love with the shoes! I wore my Asics Gel-Fit Sana‘s hiking, walking, CrossFit, agility and shopping {psst these shoes are awesome for Circuit training}

Performance wise I absolutely love how they stay snug on my foot without feeling too tight, they breathe awesome so if I’m doing a long circuit they are keeping my feet nice and cool and I’m not feeling fatigue and my feet because they’re hot or tight. These for sure make an awesome every day shoe, I can’t even tell you how many compliments I gotten on them while shopping and taking the kids doctors appointments {yeah cold and flu season}

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Another thing that I absolutely love about the Asics Gel-Fit Sana shoes is something that you may not think about or consider…I didn’t.  Remember that fantastic mash that I’ve been mentioning? Well, because of it these shoes are extremely easy to clean! There’s a little story I’d like to tell you…

shoes2The day after my shoes arrived there was a sad incident at my mom’s house. As I walked in her front door one of her dogs {she rescues large breed dogs} went running out the door the same time I was walking in and slammed right into my hip {I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before but I’m only 5 foot tall so it really knocked me off-balance} I didn’t fall…thank you Asics for the sticky soles but sadly I did drop my entire vente starbucks all over my pants and my shoes. To say I was bummed would be an absolute understatement, I was so upset “thinking great I just got these brand-new shoes and now they are covered in coffee” Well, let me tell you, not only did they get totally clean but all I did was rinse and light wipe with a wet cloth…after the coffee dried.  No scrubbing! After I wiped them I set them in front of the heater and they dried in a about an hour! Ok, so for a mom of three kids who are always spilled this experience sealed the deal in being my favorite shoe!

The verdict when it was all said and done? I LOVE them! These are my all time favorite training shoes and I think I’ going to have to pick up another pair because these are definitely going to be my go to shoes for not and in the summer especially when we hit those really really hot days and I need to do some training but just don’t want to wear shoes, I think that these are going to be the best shoes for that!

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I absolutely recommend these to you if you are a cross trainer or somebody that just wants a really great lightweight shoe you NEED these! The best part? You won’t break the bank they are a great price of $80!

Big shout out to Asics and FitFluential for letting me review these fantastic shoes!

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My Atkins Journey {New Year’s Resolutions and Atkins Shakes}

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Oh my gosh I cannot believe it is a new year! It seems like just yesterday I was starting my amazing Atkins Journey! It has been a great few months and I couldn’t be more excited about how far I’ve come! Not only have I lost an amazing 25 lbs, but I have gained a completely new outlook on food and eating right! Atkins has changed my life and my husband’s life and also my 70-year-old mom’s life! Both my husband and mom started Atkins after they saw how awesome I was feeling and the weight I was loosing!

So as I mentioned it’s a new year and you know what that means? New Year’s Resolutions and declarations! Last year my resolutions were…well lets say ho-hum. This year I am starting the year healthier, happier and lighter all thanks to eating right with Atkins and working out! Today I would love to share some of my “Fitness” 2015 declarations of change with you!

2015:

  • Hit my goal weight! {Last year I wouldn’t have even thought this was kind of possibility}
  • Share my Atkins success though my blog and reach people who maybe haven’t heard about it!
  • Become a personal trainer {or at least start my schooling!!}
  • Run a 5k at least every other month! {I’ve checked locally and there is a 5k every month, I will be doing my first ever 5k in 2 week and I cannot wait…far cry from last year…I wouldn’t have even considered doing a 5k}

For the first time in a VERY long time I am excited about the new year, I’m excited about my birthday, I’m excited about summer and I know that Atkins helped me get to this point!

So far in my Atkins journey I have fallen in love with Atkins Meal Bars, Frozen Dinners , Breakfast Sandwiches and Endulge Treats! The entire Atkins line is AHHHHmazing and I have saved my favorite Atkins product for last! Introducing my “Will never leave home without it” and “My fridge is always stocked with..” favorite….drum roll please….

Atkins Shakes!!! Ta Dah!

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Seriously have you tried these? Wow they are amazingly delicious! My absolute favorite in the Dark Chocolate Royale Shake {they have a bunch of different flavors like, Mocha, Latte, Vanilla, Milk Chocolate and Fruit shakes} I have tried all the favors and they are ALL delicious…I just REALLY LOVE Dark Chocolate 😉

You may be sitting there reading this thinking “Yuck I have had “Diet” shakes and they gritty, tasteless and all around nasty” and honestly I know what you mean…I have had some of those too..yuck! But, let me be clear with you about one thing…That is NOT what Atkins shakes are like! They are Smooth, thick and creamy…and taste divine!

unnamed-3 copyThe taste is not the only reason I love these shakes…

They are extremely portable, I always have one in my purse or stashed in the glove box!

They bottles have a screw on lid so you don’t have to drink it all at once or don’t have to worry about it getting knocked over {with three kids, 2 dogs and a cat that is something I really have to consider}

You can add ice and make the most delicious frozen shake ever!

The main reason I love these shakes it because they fit my life! I’m a chocolate lover like I mentioned  and I’m trying to lose weight…generally those two things do not go hand in hand, but with Atkins they do!

The Dark Chocolate Royale Shake has 2g of carbs and only 160 calories! I can feel like I’m really indulging but at the same time know that I am not completely ruining all my hard work!

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My favorite ways to enjoy my Atkins Shake:

  • Blended with ice to make a yummy frozen shake
  • With fruit as a start to my morning or after a morning work out
  • As a pick me up when it feels like it 9pm and its only 1pm
  • As an energy boost when I’m out shopping or on the go and don’t want to ruin my eating plan

The bottom line is that I HIGHLY recommend these awesome shakes {and the entire Atkins line to anyone!}

So tell me…How do you enjoy your Atkins shakes?

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