Friday, April 5, 2013

What I'm Loving Lately

Well, I'm sick. It hit me yesterday so quickly but I have a sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, sneezing and overall zero energy. It's not fun. 


My lovely fiance bought me a little survival kit last night, but unfortunately I think I feel worse today :( Anyway, since I won't be going anywhere near a gym today and eating is the last thing I feel like doing, I figured I would share a few of my favorite things with you! 

First, my beloved heart rate monitor. I think I get asked at least 35 times a day a) if I like it and b) what kind it is. Well, let me tell you. Yes I love it! Not only can knowing how many calories you burn really light a fire under your butt at the gym, but it also gives you a much better idea of how much you should be eating. For example, if I burn 200 calories at the gym and I am trying to build muscle, you better believe I'm going to be adding in an extra 200 calories to my meals so that my body isn't in a deficit.  To answer question b- it's an FT4. I'm pretty sure this is the most basic one you can get, but it's more than enough for me! I should probably also note I initially had a the M-XXL strap size and it was too big for me so I just ordered an XS-S. Can't wait to get it because I was getting super sick of it falling down all the time!



This next little contraption is one of those things I got and then thought to myself "Why didn't I think of this?!"



This is called a Power Trip from Igo.com and I can't tell you how many times it has saved my life. It's basically a portable outlet that you can plug your phone into and charge it anywhere. There have been numerous times I've got up in the morning for a 6am workout and realized I forgot to plug my phone in the night before. This used to send me into a panic because I absolutely cannot workout without music especially if I'm doing cardio, but now I just grab my Power Trip and I'm good to go! It comes in lots of fun colors and is totally reasonably priced too PLUS I have a handy dandy promo code that will get you 10% off! Just use healthyhabits at checkout!



My last new must-have is Kal Stevia. You've probably seen me mention it a few times in the last few weeks and I'm honestly kicking myself for not ordering it sooner. I've always been an avid Truvia person, but I realized when I started prepping for my shoot those 3 carbs in Truvia really start to add up quick, especially when you are trying to keep carbs low. James Wilson has been pushing Kal Stevia for a while now, and I don't know why I didn't just listen to him long ago (he's pretty much always right about everything but shh don't tell him I said that). Anyway, the Kal Stevia is NOT bitter like regular Stevia, in fact it's super super sweet. It comes with a teeny tiny scooper inside and one scoop is all you need for anything that is one serving.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I have a Polar HRM and had no idea the strap came in a smaller size!! Will be ordering one asap! Hope you feel better xoxo

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  2. I have a POlar HRM too - no idea it came in a smaller size!! thanks!!

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  3. Just curious why you would order a M-XXL anything for your tiny little self. :)

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  4. Thanks for the info on the FT4. Wanted a HM monitor, but was kind of overwhelmed. Do you use the chest strap with it too? Thanks!! Hope you feel better soon!

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  5. OMGosh I finally gave into James too and got my Kal stevia two days ago! I'm obsessed. So delish. Surprised at how potent it is!

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  6. Hey Little B! I have the FT4 polar HRM also and I absoultely love it! Right now I am doing Insanity, so i'm not trying to build muscle, i'm trying to tone down. Don't want to lose muscle mass though. I'm 5'4 and weigh 139lbs. I've been eating about 1500 calories a day and I try to not eat back what I burn. The insanity plan wants me eating about 1900 calories/day but that just makes me nervous that I won't lose weight. What do you recommend?

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    1. Lisa, Out of curiosity how many calories on average does the Insanity workouts burn??? Thanks!

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  7. Where do you get sushi like that? I'm a little afraid to get it prepacked at the grocery store. I keep hearing horror stories of it making people very sick (not specifically at the grocery store).

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  8. where did you order your heart rate monitor strap from? Mine is always falling down too! thinking about getting a smaller size.

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  9. How do you incorporate your extra 200 calories or xamount lost during a workout when you are trying to build? Are those mainly consumed through carbs, protein, etc? And are those extra calories you add in on top of your normal diet for building?

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  10. I love my Polar FT4 and an obsessed with the amount of calories I burn every workout each day! I ordered mine from Walgreens.com when they had a 15% off everything on their site so I got it for $67.00. You can buy it off Amazon, even Kohl's sells Polar HRM on line. Thanks for the recommendation Brit...feel better soon!

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  11. All, I have 3 kids under 3 so illness prevention/fighting has become somewhat of a hobby with me and I wanted to throw my 2 cents in: Vitamin D, Silver and hydrogen peroxide. I take 20,000iu of vitamin D at the first sign of illness and keep that up until symptoms start leaving (I take 5,000iu every non-sick day). You can buy a big jug of liquid silver at most vitamin stores for pretty cheap. You hold a teaspoon under your tongue for up to 1 minute and then swallow. Repeat one to five or so times a day when colds are going around. All 3 of my kids were sick last month but I kept up on the silver and I didn't get sick!! And I always get sick. And I gargle a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and Listerine a few times a day at the first sign of a scratchy throat. I swear by these practices. Hope the info can help you and others! Take care!

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  12. I FINALLY got myself some Kal Stevia...OMG Im SO glad I did, and Im kicking myself for not trying it sooner!!! I tried pure steiva extract yeeeears ago from Trader Joes, and it was NASTY...Ive been using Truvia and Stevia in the Raw for the past 1.5yrs...glad to find the PURE stuff without the nasty taste!! <3

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