Becoming a Princess with RunDisney

Almost two years ago I ran the Disney Princess half marathon with RunDisney at Disney World Resort. It was a magical experience, but I had a few regrets. I think if I had researched more about the races, I could have had a better run and much better experience overall. I thought I would share a few tips that might make your transition from regular runner to Disney Princess a little more magical.

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Guilt Free Coconut Almond Parfait

December 5, 2014

Trying to watch your weight this holiday season? I found a fabulous toasted coconut flavored greek yogurt and kinda had an epiphany; if you added some unsweetened coconut flakes, a sprinkle of dark chocolate, and almonds it would taste like an almond joy. This coconut almond parfait should be entirely guilt free. The greek yogurt, almonds, and chocolate are a good choice of protein and antioxidants.

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“Grab and Go” with Atkins Advantage Bars

December 1, 2014
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It is so easy to get side tracked when you are dieting, especially during the holidays. The Atkins diet plan makes it easy to stay on track, eat healthy, and still have options for convenient snacks. It isn’t easy to carry fresh veggies or lean meats; one of the most convenient options for meal replacement “on the go” are Atkins Advantage bars.

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Mango & Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

December 1, 2014
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My family loves pasta salad, and they prefer that it is made at home. I created this pasta salad recipe after receiving a delicious bottle of Pylian Estates olive oil through Fitfluential. This recipe has a variety of fruits and vegetables, with the addition of fresh herbs and mild mozzarella that allows the flavor of the cold pressed olive oil to shine through. I took this dish to one of our Thanksgiving dinners and I had several family members ask for the recipe.

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Pylian Estates olive oil is a cold pressed imported olive oil; the olives are grown, processed, and barreled in Pylos, Greece. They exclusively use koroneiki olives which are cold processed with no added chemicals. This allows the oil to preserve all of the beneficial antioxidants, polyphenols, and micronutrients. The bottle is labeled with the harvest and preservation date so you know exactly when your olive oil was made.
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What is Atkins 40?

November 13, 2014

I just finished my first week on the Atkins™ 40 diet. Honestly, eating low carb meals was a huge adjustment for this carb lover, but it wasn’t as a bad as I thought it might be. I like that I could eat 40 net carbohydrates as soon as I started Atkins™ 40, it helped to curb my carb cravings. I never felt hungry, which is unusual given my past experiences with diets. I’m pleased as a peach with my results and I’ll tell you why.

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Reacquainting myself with the Atkins diet.

October 30, 2014

Let’s be honest, diets aren’t fun, but being overweight is even less fun. The thirty pounds that I gained in the last year has taken a toll on my mental and physical health. I avoid mirrors, hate shopping for new clothes, and I don’t feel well. When approached about working on a campaign for the Atkins diet, I didn’t hesitate. I had successfully used the Atkins diet in past to lose weight, and this was the perfect motivation to shed my unwanted pounds.

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Turning up the heat with Thermo Heat: Fitness Friday

June 20, 2014
The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Thermo Heat.
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It is no secret that I gained a little weight this winter, and it was entirely my own fault. I unintentionally cut back on running and working out, but my eating habits and calorie intake remained the same. The added stress of my engagement and subsequent wedding planning hasn’t helped either. When Fitfluential offered me the opportunity to review Thermo Heat, I jumped at the chance.
We are planning a late September wedding. I would love to loose twenty pounds, but I would be happy with fifteen. For this to be a realistic goal, I need to eat a low calorie die and work out regularly. I routinely use supplements such as a high quality multi-vitamin, calcium, and fish oil to fill in dietary deficiencies. The addition of Thermo Heat should give me the boost that I need to help me meet my goal.
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About Thermo Heat:

The basic idea behind Thermo Heat is that it increases thermogenesis and in turn increases your metabolism. So what is thermogenesis? Thermogenesis is the process by which your body produces heat and can help you burn excess fat.

Appetite Management:

The biggest benefit I noticed was appetite suppression. I am a foodie, I love to cook and eat. I struggle with managing my appetite. Thermo Heat helped to take the edge off my cravings. It was easier to skip snacks and motivated me to make healthier food choices.Increased Energy and Mental Sharpness:
Thermo Heat did give me a significant energy boost. I generally experience fatigue shortly after lunch, but I didn’t when I was taking Thermo Heat. I was concerned that it would interfere with my bedtime, but I had no problem falling asleep at night.

Boost Metabolism:
I have only taken the product for two weeks, so it is hard to estimate metabolic effect during a short period of time. I haven’t significantly altered my diet or exercise routine, and I have lost three pounds. The weight loss leads me to believe that this supplement does boost metabolism. I have friends who have issues swallowing pills so instead, they turn to patches like sliminazer to help them reach their goals. It is different for everybody and that needs to be remembered.

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My personal experience with Thermo Heat:

I started off with the recommended dosage of one pill in the morning and one in the afternoon. It made me slightly jittery, but I don’t consume caffeine regularly. This significantly declined after the third dose. I experienced the feeling again when I increased to the full dosage of two pills in the morning and two in the afternoon, but this declined after the third or fourth dose. I no longer experience any jitteriness. The product contains 250 mg of caffeine, the equivalent of 2.5 cups of coffee. If you are sensitive to caffeine you might have difficulty with the product.

I didn’t experience any other side effects. I have taken the product for two weeks and I have lost three pounds so far. I plan to continue the product and I will post results when I finish the bottle.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a supplement to boost weight loss. I have experienced success during a short period of time and I think it will help me meet my long term goals.

For more information on Thermo Heat:

Whenever you change your diet, exercise, or decide to try a dietary supplement, you should consult your physician or healthcare professionals. Ingredients in this product may not be suitable for all individuals and you should read the label carefully. This blog is not intended to give medical advice, I am sharing my personal experience with the supplement.