21 Days of Positivity with Pamprin

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogThis post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever found yourself in a negative funk, that didn’t seem to have an end in sight? I have, and when I realized it, I knew I need to make some changes. What became a fore front thought in my mind was that being happy was truly the best medicine for a positive and fulfilling life.  I had to really start taking care of myself because my (future, at the time) daughter needs a happy, healthy mom!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogOne thing I do for myself is allow time for exercise. It’s one hour every day that I get just for myself, and I don’t need to worry about anyone else. It’s time for me to destress and improve myself both inside and out. While I initially signed up for classes to lose some left over baby weight, I’ve discovered that the classes have given me so much more that I initially came for. I’m building muscle that I haven’t seen in ages, I’m getting confidence to lift heavier things or challenging myself more often..  I’m finding myself hanging out and sharing more with others around me!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogNo longer was I just the work from home mom who watched her kid. I was beginning to feel like I was getting “me” back, with just a little investment in myself.  I’ve set myself new goals and believe that I can achieve them. The desire to do more and expect more from myself has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, working out is my favorite thing to do each day. I look forward to it and it feels like second nature because I committed to making changes that make me feel good both inside and out.

Week by week, little things like preparing meals ahead of time just fit into my day.  When I first started my classes, I was going 3-4 a week. I now am committed to 6 days a week with a few extra classes thrown in for fun.  Missing a class just feels weird now!

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogThe only time that I may struggle a bit to get to class is when I’m on my period. That’s where Pamprin comes in and helps me work past that fatigue and irritability that seems to surface during my cycle. Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients: an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against bloating and water weight gain, and a pain reliever that’s the the equivalent of extra Strength Tylenol to alleviate cramps. It basically works as an all-in-one punch to fight those uncomfortable period symptoms we all could do without.

positivity with pamprin and iliketotalkblogBecause Pamprin in my go to for PMS and period relief, I’ve teamed up with them to bring you the 21-day Guide to Positively Powerful Thinking so you can make positive changes in your life for the better. Did you know that habits can form just after three weeks of consistent work and effort? Three weeks, guys! I know you can do this! We have some super simple 7-day plan that you can repeat three weeks over. You’ll be surprised what you can change if you really put your mind to it! Let take a look at the 7 steps we can do for ourselves, one for each day of the week.

  1. Start today with 3 Positive self-affirmations. I tend to do this in my car when I’m driving. It could be the same thing I repeat to myself, or new things that is specific to that day.
  2. Find Positive Company. It always helps to be around like-minded people when you’re trying to make a change or achieve a goal. I’ve connected several classmates of mine to stay on track with diet or strength goals I want to hit.
  3. Make a list of things for which you’re grateful. I am most grateful for my daughter. I feel she is the best gift I couldn’t have ever been given and I love my little family.  I’m grateful to have a job that allows me to stay home with her and spend as much time with her as I possibly can while she is little. I’m grateful that my husband works with me on giving me time to work out because he knows how important it is to me. I’m grateful for my trainers who have pushed me far beyond what I ever thought I could do.
  4. Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy)”. Words of encouragement can mean so much to someone who is fighting hard to “get there”. It also goes both ways.
  5. Seek, and you will find. If you look for good in people and things, you’ll find it. Perception is everything.  Keep an open mind and see where it takes you.
  6. Find what brings you joy. I know that workout out brings me great joy! I like feeling strong and challenged!
  7. Stop and smell the roses. Give one away. Staying in the present really allows me to enjoy whats going on around me. Watching my almost two year old have a dance party, cheering a classmate on while they commit to extra burpees, or just staying in bed for that extra cuddle is what keeps me happy.
  8. Hit replay and make it a habit. Positive thinking will lead toward positive actions, which lead to positive results. If I think it, and I tell myself I can do it, then I just do it!. And I do it again and again until I raise the bar a bit more. So try committing to these positive actions each day and see where it takes you at the end of three weeks.

I’d LOVE for you guys to share with me where you land 21 days from now! I’m POSITIVE  you’d be amazed where it takes you! (See what I did there? ;)) If you decide to share your story on social, make sure to hashtag it #BePositivePamprin so other challengers can find you!

You can purchase Pamprin at walmart.com

 

 

Healthy Tips For The Holidays: Watching The Waistline

battle-the-bulge-iliketotalkblogUsually right around the beginning of October, I get a flash of all the food that’s ahead in the upcoming months. Halloween brings candy into the house, Thanksgiving is a day of being surrounded by a feast, and Christmas tends to be a day of food as well. For someone who hasn’t been watching their waistline, or is currently trying to avoid temptation this can be a really difficult couple of months. I wanted to share some things that have been working for me that might be able to help you as well!

It’s been two years since I had my daughter and have struggled to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I would lose the weight, but gain it back and then some. I finally was able to make some lifestyle changes that have helped me drop around 12 pounds and 6% body fat over the last two months. While I don’t expect anyone to do exactly what I do, I know it helps me to listen to what works for others, and take what I can — even if it’s just one little thing out of several they are doing.

  1. Get Moving. I enrolled myself back into bootcamp classes and give my 100%. And when I say 100%, I mean, grunting, sweating, ugly face 100%. I am not pretty when I work out and I don’t really care who hears me grunting when I give it my all. When I couldn’t go to class, I would go for a walk or run in my neighborhood. Basically, I will find SOMETHING I can do for 45-60 minutes five to six days a week. But, I wasn’t always able to do that. It started with three days a week and I worked up the days. Now I’m challenging myself to take a double class on different days just to see how well I can do! I should also add that you should pick something that you actually enjoy doing or it won’t stick. So walk, run, dance in your living room, get in a gym or out in a park — just get moving!
  1. Find someone to be accountable with. It’s easy to make promises to yourself in the beginning of the day, and then go “NAH” later on. But would you do that if you promised someone you would meet them at class? I know that when I tell someone that I wanna attempt double classes I better do it because they may ask me about it later! LOL. I have a friend that we would text each other every day after we finished our workout. I have someone in my classes that we both want to be fast and strong at the things we do, so we try to workout near each other so we motivate each other. I signed up for a fitness challenge after a nutrition challenge so that I could be surrounded by people who had the same goals. It really helps when you find an accountability partner if you find that you make healthy promises to yourself that you don’t keep – whether they be face to face or just a text away.battle-the-bulge-iliketotalkblog-2
  1. Check what you’re eating. I did a nutrition challenge with my bootcamp and realized by day two that I was mindlessly eating all the leftovers on my daughter’s plate. That sh*t adds up real quick day after day and I didn’t even realize I was doing it. Talk about a total face palm. I decided to go back to counting macronutrients which truly helps with body recomposition. In my case, losing weight and building muscle. By keeping track of how much fats, carbs, and protein I eat on a daily basis I was able to drop excess fat and build muscle at the same time. I should note that I have tried tracking macros before but fell off track around my daughter’s first birthday. I was really upset with myself for it, but you know what? You just gotta start and try again. And this time around it’s been SO much easier to follow through with. If you’re interested in trying it, google IIFYM or macro calculator to find out what fits your age, weight and currently activity levels. I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone to log all the food I eat on a daily basis  — there is a paid and a free version within the same app.food diary iliketotalkblog
  1. Plan ahead for meals. I used to think that I had no time to plan for my own meals. I cook for my daughter every day and felt like there was no time for me so I certainly wasn’t going to have time to cook meals for myself for the whole week —WRONG! Cooking and preparing healthy, balanced meals on the weekend and storing in plastic containers has saved me so many headaches of trying to figure out what I could eat on the fly. I usually prepare 3-4 different meals that I can rotate through the week that have all been premeasured and packaged to fit my macro count. This is one of the biggest points that has helped me in battling the bulge. When I eat on the fly, I end up eating WAY too much because I’m standing in front of a pantry picking random things. If you have a REALLY hard time planning and cooking for the week, there are services out there that can help you. Google local meal prep and you will find tons to choose from.meal-prep-iliketotalkblog
  1. Realistic Expectations. Do realize that it IS the holidays and you should enjoy yourself. I try to eat healthy 90% of the time so that once a week I can indulge in that pint of Halo Top at the end of the night.  Don’t be afraid thinking you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving or Holiday meals. Eat! And get back on track the next day. Granted, you can’t be like this every week or things will go in the opposite direction, but just be mindful if you can. If you know you’re going to want all the desserts, maybe skip the mashed potatoes. Fill up on the veggies and lean protein (even if they have butter and oil on them :). If you’ve gone overboard and ate everything in site, just know that tomorrow you can start over. It happens. Just don’t make it a habit!

I am by no means any type of health expert, but I do know the struggle of losing weight, gaining it, and feeling like it’s hopeless and I’ll be in stretchy pants the rest of my life. But as I continue to stick to my goals, and stay motivated by working with other motivated people I get better and better at it each time. I’m not quite at my end goal just yet, but I can see the light at the end of tunnel and know that even though there will be some bumps in the road (I’m talking to you, Thanksgiving dinner!) I will keep at it and eventually get there.

Want more tips or a different perspective on battling the bulge? Some of my fellow beauty bloggers rounded up their tips on staying healthy during the holidays:

 



Healanah Peace: Aromatherapy for a Restful Sleep

healanah-peace review by iliketotalkblogiliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewAromatherapy has been around for ages and is a safe way to use aromatic plant and essential oils to treat a variety of symptoms, ailments or improving one’s mood. It can be done topically (on the skin), diffused in the air, or inhaled depending on the type of treatment you are looking for. Beverly Hills based, Healanah specializes in making healing sprays that combine the power of aromatherapy and gem stones.

With eight different varieties to choose from, Healanah covers all bases by offering sprays that promote positivity, improve the body’s ability to self heal, relax the senses, stimulate creativity, and increase energy and love. Now that I think of it, I could seriously use a little bit of each of those in my life right now! As a new mama that works from home I need energy to keep going throughout the day, and ways to keep creativity flowing without caffeine, all while keeping my baby happy and relaxed for nap time.

Healanah was nice enough to send me one of their healing sprays and I chose PEACE since it seemed most fitting at the time. PEACE uses a combination of Clary sage and Lavender essentials oils to help clear the mind. We know Lavender is used in lots of baby products because of it’s ability to soothe and relax, but what I never knew was that clary sage is used as a mood booster, and has calming abilities.

Always right around noon is nap time for my little one, and we both lay down on our cal king bed for a story, a snack, and a snooze. Nap time has to remain distraction free, so I use white noise to drown out any outside noise, but I also use my Healanah spray to help relax us I just spritz around the bedroom before we lay down so we pick up the scent from the bedding. I should add that I feel these are completely safe to use with a baby because I am not spraying anything directly on our skin and use the spray as a room and bedding spray instead.

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I happen to find the scent very relaxing and beautiful. We have a light breeze that comes in through our windows and the scent dissipates after a short time. Zoe also sleeps nicely for about 2-3 hours and mama sometimes falls asleep with her. I also enjoy their ENERGY and LOVE sprays that I have sampled in the past. Each spray retails for $25 each and can be purchased online or found in select stores in the Los Angeles area.

If you are someone who enjoys aromatherapy I highly suggest checking out Healanah on their website or social media pages for more information. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To see my previous review of Healanah you can view it by clicking here.