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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Rings

With weight loss, there comes so many changes.  So many that I was anticipating and then some that I had never even thought twice about.  For instance, my shoe size went down.  Who knew you could lose weight in your feet?  Another incredible change that occured was my ring size dramatically changing.  I can no longer wear my wedding rings because they literally fall off.  I am much too scared to lose them so they are hiding in a special place until I decide to resize them.  However, this past year I have bought cheap sterling silver rings at random stores that I thought were cute to replace my ring for the time being.  They often times would get gross, wear out and I would buy a new one.  No big deal since I would buy them for less than $10.  As you can see below, my ring which once fit me very well, is now barely hanging on! I know this is a good problem to have.  When my husband bought the ring 6 years ago, I was a size 10.  I remember when he proposed one of my first thoughts other than "I DO!" was I sure hope that ring fits.  I was so insecure and ashamed of my body.  This was one of many reasons why I needed to change and transform not only my outer appearance, but my inner confidence too.

My cheap rings weren't really proving to be the brightest idea so I was very pleased when Chinchar Maloney emailed me about working with them in selecting a ring to wear in the mean time before I get my rings resized.  They have some amazing and gorgeous pieces all of which are handmade.  They are family owned business and are very passionate about making unique jewelry that lasts a long time.  I picked out their Dual birthstone ring which has both mine and my husbands birthstones on it.  I like to think that is an extra special touch to have something so personal on my wedding ring finger.  Best part is, the ring is a size 6.  My fingers have shrunk!!  

I love now being able to comfortably wear a gorgeous ring that means so much to me rather than a cheap ring that is going to rust soon. It makes me happy to see our beautiful birthstones joined together which represents so much of our amazing marriage.  

Here are a few more of my favorites found on their website: 

I would love for you all to share your love for Chinchar Maloney.  They are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

White Plum Giveaway

I love to shop now that I have lost so much weight.  Shopping has been something that I have used as a reward to help me push myself past hurdles.  I love dressing my 'new' body and feeling great in my skin.   White Plum has some really cute clothes and I love wearing them because I feel great in them.  This blouse is from White Plum and I love wearing it.  The red boot socks are on HUGE discount today only! They are 90% off today. I love the added touch they bring to my outfit.  The best part about it all is they are offering a $100 store credit to one of you! Make sure you enter the rafflecopter giveaway below and I will pick a winner here on Friday! 

If you want to purchase something now from White Plum, you can receive 25% off your order with code: LIVYLOVES25 which is good until 1/14.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Monday, December 15, 2014

Why I love my Fit Bit

I had heard quite a bit of great reviews on the fit bit from friends and family.  I was hesitant to purchase one because I felt like it was just another gadget to use each day.  Well, yes it is another gadget, but it has really made a huge difference in my activity levels the past few weeks.

Basically the fitbit is a gadget you wear around your wrist.  It's battery charged and I have had to charge mine 2 times a week which only takes 30 minutes.  You sync up your body stats into an app on your phone that is connected to the actual fit bit.  The app is really helpful to check in randomly during the day so you can see how your steps are going and how many calories you're burning.  Are the calories on the app accurate?  I think so! There is no heart rate monitor attached so I was weary at first, but since I know how many I burn a day, it's come pretty close every single day.  The fit bit also lets you track how you sleep at night which is fun to see.  I don't use that feature every day because I find when I turn it on, I am thinking about how I am not sleeping when it's on so it stresses me out! haha, lame, but I guess when you are thinking about it more, its on your mind.  But the few times I have used it, it's neat to see when you are restless at night even though you thought you slept all night.

Whenever I see another dot flashing, I get so motivated to keep it going.  I haven't hit my goal every single day.  My goal is 10,000 steps or 5 miles.  That's a pretty common goal for most people.  I could  increase it, but I like to make sure I hit and then some.  5 miles is a pretty active day anyways so I am okay with keeping it at that for now.

Why do I wear my polar and fit bit?  Well for one, I only wear my polar when I workout, not all day.  I like to see how many calories I burn at each specific workout.  I also like to see my heart rate as I am working out because I know what is a good targeted zone for my body and where I like to stay at. The fit bit doesn't tell me that.  They are both great for separate reasons and I have really enjoyed using the fit bit because it for sure keeps me going almost every day! I love getting the emails saying that I completed my goal or telling me just 2,000 more steps and you are at your goal.  It's very rewarding! I also like to compete with friends and family who are using a fit bit and we can challenge one another.  You can purchase a fitbit here and a polarft4 here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cozy Sweaters

Sweater: c/o White Plum | Jeggings: c/o Lole | Purse: Modcloth | Shoes: Modcloth

It's getting cold here in Utah!! This morning as I was leaving for the gym, I could clearly see my breath! I almost didn't even want to know what the temperature was because it seems to hurt even more! I am not going to lie, this weather change is really hard to adapt to.  It seems like just a few weeks ago, it was still acceptable to wear shorts and tshirt! It's not even technically winter, but man I know it's going to be long season.

I still want to dress cute while staying warm and this White Plum Sweater tunic is perfect for that! White Plum is offering all of my readers a 20% off coupon: LIVYLOVES that is good from 11/18-11/21! They have some cute stuff on their site that will be perfect for these colder months ahead of us.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weight loss Update

I love talk about how my weight loss has been going each month because it's fun to talk about the challenges that I face each month just like everyone else.  I know that others like to read how I am doing so it's fun to share. Click here to see last months.

This month was the start of the holiday season.  I have always had a hard time in years past trying to stay motivated during these months because there are so many extra sweets around.  I am determined to fight the holidays with extra hard workouts, but still enjoying myself time to time.  After all, a little sugar is okay to have when balanced properly.  I definitely have night time cravings the most.  I am always wanting something sweet at night and what usually keeps me in line without the guilt is creating a frozen Strawberry Yogurt.  I will be posting this more in depth later this week, but basically combine frozen strawberries, orange juice, and greek yogurt.  It seriously tastes so good! Then I freeze it for an hour or so and it tastes like ice cream sherbert with less sugar and calories!

I also start offering weight loss coaching.  I have several clients who I am working with on reaching their weight loss goals.  We basically come up with a plan for them and I am there for any assistance.  We chat daily about the struggles of weight loss and how to overcome them.  We also celebrate their victories! My goal is to keep them motivated and for them to see that weight loss is possible! If you are interested in learning more, I can send you details, email me: livylovedesigns@gmail.com
This was a conversation I had with one of my clients who I am working! These are the texts that make me so happy that I get to help others.

I've still been just training in the gym as the weather has dropped dramatically here this past week! It's just too cold to run outside, which is fine! I also go to a boot camp twice a week with several other ladies.  It's free and I can take my son while my daughter is at preschool! It really has been awesome to change up my routine, plus I have met some really cool ladies.  I also do the gym 3x a week doing HIIT workouts that I have on my blog and lots of weights.  I am planning on writing a guide to weights book for those just starting out! It's in the works so I will let you know all about that when it's done!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Challenge


Blouse: c/o Tai Pan Trading | Jeans: Target | Heels: c/o Sole Society | Necklace: Accessory Concierge

I have a new challenge for myself and I hope you all will join!  I am sure you all know that I love food and I love Thanksgiving.  There are 16 days left until Thanksgiving and I am going to challenge myself to make each day until then amazing.  I plan on enjoying myself on Thanksgiving so I feel like this will be such a great challenge until then! My workouts are going to be on point or even better than on point! My nutrition is going to be better than ever and I am going to push myself harder than I have before. Why?  Because this is a very hard time of year for me and I could easily be relax and try to do my best but I don't want to just try, I want to conquer my goals and finish our 2014 extremely strong! So who is with me?  I will be posting my updates on instagram and hope you all follow along!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Guest Editor on Brickyard Buffalo

This day is so exciting for me because I get to be the Guest Editor on Brickyard Buffalo all week long! I picked my most favorite shops to be featured on their site and the best part for all of you is that they are on discount! YES! a discount which is perfect because Christmas is next month (!!!!).  Some of the shops that are being featured:

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