Friday, April 11, 2014

Quest Bars Review

So lets say you have a sweet tooth, but you are trying to cut back on all the extra sugar and calories that go along with cookies and treats.  I have been there and although, it gets easier to resist, the cravings still come full force at 9 o' clock at night when all I want to do is munch! I had heard about Quest Bars though some of my favorite weight loss instagrammers and they raved about how tasty they were.  Then I heard that they only have 1g of sugar and 20g of protein and my jaw dropped.  I just couldn't believe this could be true.  Anything tasty needs to have lots of sugar added right?  I thought so too.  I knew I needed to finally try these bars for myself and see what all the fuss was about.  

When they finally arrived, I had such a hard time deciding which flavor to choose.  Looking at all the nutritional information, the calories ranged from 160-190 and I was in disbelief at the low carbs and high protein! I decided to try the Double Chocolate Chunk bar.  You cannot go wrong with chocolate!

That smile does not lie people! It was tasty!! I was so surprised something pretty healthy for you could be so yummy.  I had to resist not trying a bite of every flavor.  It will be something to look forward to each day.  I will say, I have had about 5 more flavors and each one has been even tastier.  I am having a hard time deciding which one is my favorite.  I do love the Chocolate brownie, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake.  

If you are trying to lose weight or cut back on your sweet and even up your protein intake, this bar is so great for that.  I realize now this can be a little treat to get me through my day when I have those sugar cravings.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bra Shopping after Losing Weight

I had the privilege of being bra fitted by my friend and fellow blogger Courtney from Fry Sauce and Grits.  Going into this, I wasn't expecting such huge results.  I was excited, but I really had no idea how it would turn out.  She was kind enough to write up an entire blog post on my experience and before + after photos! Just a bit of advice for anyone, GET BRA FITTED! You will be amazed at how much your body can change in just a few minutes by wearing the right bra! I am a believer and will never go back.

weight loss and bra buying from fry sauce and grits

I had the great pleasure of meeting Diana from Livy Loves to Run last year at SNAP!  I can still remember the first time I met her, we were both in line for dinner (I was starving) and I saw this girl who I recognized, I started to follow her on Instagram and loved her printables, her cute kids, and started to stalk her, literally.  I found myself going straight up to her and introduced myself. We spent the rest of night sitting by each other, eating, laughing, having a great time, and the rest is history.  I'm serious when I say I had an instant connection with her, I truly feel like she's my kindred spirit and that I've known her for years.  

If you don't know Diana or heard of her life changing journey, you will leave truly inspired by learning more about her.  On her blog Livy Love to Run, Diana shares how she was always overweight while growing up and the feelings of embarrassment and sadness became a part of her life.  She attempted to lose weight many times in her life but didn't even know where to start.  Life continued for her where she fell in love, got married, and had two adorable kids.  After all of this she found herself tipping the scale at almost 300 lbs.  Diana knew that if she continued to live the way she was she wouldn't be able to have more kids, she wouldn't be able to get down on the ground and play with her children, that living a happy and fulfilling life wasn't going to happen, and the possibility that she might not be able to see her children grow up became a reality. 

On February 21st 2013, was the day she decided to change her life.  She put her two kids in their stroller and walked 2-3 miles everyday, watched what she ate and counted her calories.  That first month, she lost 10 lbs!  She thought to herself that she must have been doing something right, so she kept on going.  In August of 2013 was when she ran her first 5K and in October she ran her first half marathon.  A year later she's lost 100 lbs!!!!!!  Diana lost weight the healthy and best way by eating right and exercising.  

I'm so proud of my dear friend Diana.  If any of you have lost weight or have attempted, it's seriously one of the hardest things to do.  It takes a lot of mental toughness, practice, self control, and an extreme amount of support from loved ones.  I'm so happy for her new life and her story proves to everyone that if you have a dream, you can make it happen. No matter your circumstances, abilities, means, or where you come from.  
Diana from Livy Loves to Run
When you have an extreme weight loss like Diana did, you see a lot of changes in your body.  99% of those changes are very much welcomed, but sometimes one part of the body you didn't expect to change so much is your boobs.  Most women when they lose weight they tend to lose it in their boobs (boobs are made from fatty tissue, go figure).  I contacted Diana and asked her if I could fit her because she hadn't been fitted for a bra before her weight loss!  This is tragedy in my eyes.  I was so excited when she enthusiastically accepted for this makeover and shopping trip.

I want to show you what the before and after pictures look like first.  You can see a huge difference.  This is amazing, in the before picture below, she's wearing a 38D.  But you can tell from the picture the cup is dented in and she looks somewhat saggy.  Now look at the after picture, those boobs are where they should be!  Her boobs look smaller, more perky, and she looks thinner!  After measuring her and trying on bras to find her cup size she's a 36G.  That is one hot mama!  

Diana purchased the Natori Bare Support Underwire Bra, because this bra is a soft cup bra and she was afraid of nipples poking through the bra, I had her put on a pair of these Wacoal No Peeks inserts, where they camouflage her nipples and give the appearance of a molded cup bra but in a soft cup bra!  It's a miracle. Diana also really liked the Natori Power Yogi Bra, one of my most favorite sports bras!  

Bra Makeover Diana from Livy Loves to Run

Weight Loss Bra Makeover with Diana from Livy Loves to Run

I am often asked by many women how to navigate bra buying when they're losing weight.  Bras can be very expensive, so no woman wants to invest in a bra and only wear it for a short period of time.  So what does a girl do?  Well, I have some tips to getting the most out of your bras while you're on your weight loss journey.   

1. Weight loss may or may not affect your bra size. 

Every woman is so different, and so when women lose weight some women first lose it in their boobs, some lose it in their hips, butt, face, arms, stomach, and then their boobs; and some don't lose any weight in their boobs.  I would thank or blame it on genes, age, and your body type.  Another thing to know is that weight loss can drastically affect the shape of your breasts.  

You're probably asking why did Diana go up several cup sizes instead of going down cup sizes when she lost 100lbs?!  She's the perfect example of someone who lost a lot of weight but not so much in her cup, but the shape of her breast changed a lot.  She told me that she always wore a molded cup bra before her weight loss.  Because of losing weight she lost a lot of the fatty tissue in her breasts and replaced it with muscle, so therefore changed the shape of her breasts.  

It's quite normal for women to lose a lot of weight and wear the same cup size but no longer wear the same cup style.  In the before picture Diana is wearing a molded cup bra, after trying those on in her 36G size, they didn't fit her correctly. Molded cup bras gaped at the top of the bust because she lost a lot of that volume at the top of her breasts, so we went with a soft cup with an underwire and those fit her so much better.  The other thing to remember is when you get fitted correctly, most times, you need to go down one or even two band sizes, and for every band size you go down, you have to go up in a cup size.  SO the 38D that she was wearing in the before picture didn't even fit her, if the D cup fit her, and I put her in a 36 band, she would be be wearing a 36DD.

The other thing about Diana was that when I told her 36G size, she gasped and was totally blown away, she told me how could she be a 36G when she didn't look that big.  I explained to her that women two women can have the same bra size, but because of the difference in their breast shapes, that is why.  Diana has a lot wider breasts, to make sure she was completely covered on the sides, we had to up a couple cup sizes.  She's not a full G cup, instead she tends to carry her volume in the bottom and sides.  Some women who are a 36G are very full and their boobs project a lot and this is why she was getting confused with her size.

2. Start with your budget.

If we lived in a perfect world everyone would have enough money to buy as many bras as their heart desires, but like most women that's not the reality.  Like many of you, Diana is on a budget, so buying a new bra every month when her bra size changes isn't an option.  The first thing I recommend every woman to do is is figure out what your budget is, if you have a higher discretionary income you can replace your bras as often as you start to feel they don't fit anymore.  To maximize a smaller budget, you'll have to space out bra buying further apart.

If money isn't an issue I'd recommend you to get three everyday bras, and at least three sports bra.  When you're working out almost everyday, you live in your activewear and sports bra.  If you have a tight budget start with one everyday bra and one sports bra, you'll need to wash them more frequently, which can make them not last as long, but if you're constant with your weight loss, that will work out because by the time they need to be retired, they won't fit you anymore.  Diana purchased one everyday bra, the Natori Bare Support Underwire Bra and in a couple weeks is planning on buying this Natori Power Yogi Bra.

If you need help finding a sports bra, go to this post here.  Check out my favorite sports bras picks for large and small busted women here.     

Here's some great advice I found on this website called Sophisticated Pair where aunt and niece duo Erica and Debbie break it down on how to transition into different sizes depending on how weight you're planning to lose:

"For women planning to lose 20 pound or less, I recommend purchasing one everyday bra you wear under everything.  Healthy weight loss plans allow for two pounds per week, which gives you time to wear and enjoy the bra before it no longer fits.  If the weight loss slows, add another bra into your rotation.  if you're looking to lose between 20 to 60 pounds, I recommend purchasing two bras to start as the loss will be more progressive.  Make those last as long as possible before buying new ones.  Finally, if you have quite a bit of weight to lose, I recommend relaxing some of the pressure on yourself and purchasing two to three to start and then add new ones into rotation as necessary.  It took me about 15 months to lose 65 pounds, and it can be quite a mood boost to have a couple of bras to wear.  However, if you are losing weight via a gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery, you may want to purchase one bra at a time.  My bypass customers experience drastic weight loss within the first several months, often dropping a size every few weeks, and in this case, it's better to purchase a single bra as needed until the loss stabilizes."

3. The signs of when you need to buy a new bra or when it's too small.  

I kid you not when I say that bras have minds of their own and when they're not fitting or need to be retired, they'll let you know why the following: 
  • You've tightened it to the tightest set of hooks in the back and it doesn't feel snug anymore.  
  • The band starts to ride up high in the back.
  • You find yourself adjusting your bra a lot when you wear it. 
  • The bra has completely changed colors, for an example if you bought a white bra and now it's brown, yikes.
  • The underwire(s) has popped out.
  • The cup feels like it's gaping at the top of the cup, parts of the cup has creases or dents.
  • It's been six months since the last time you bought a bra, bras should only last anywhere from 6-12 months, this completely depends on how many you have to rotate, how often you wear them, wash them, the quality of the bra, and how you take care of them.  A good quality bra will last you longer then a cheaper bra. 
Go to this post here to see pictures of the signs your bra isn't fitting correctly.

4. Ways to maximize your bra.
  • Shop at places where you can find good deals on quality bras.  It's worth the money to invest in your bras, don't settle by going to places like Walmart, Kmart, Target, and places like this. Their bras aren't good quality and will only last you a very short amount of time, they don't come in a variety of sizes, and they tend to be less comfortable.  Shop the sales, use coupons, and all major department stores have big sales every year, these are great times to stock up.  My two other favorite places to purchase a bra is Nordstrom Rack and Amazon.
  • Pick bra styles that will work under the majority of your clothes.  Don't buy a cheetah print bra if you wear a lot of light colored clothing.  If you wear a lot of black, then get a black bra.  I'd recommend a nude color bra because they look amazing under white and darker colored clothing. 
  • Try to stick bras that have a more forgiving cup, ones that have a flexible fabric like in a soft cup bra, Diana's bra has this characteristic, are perfect because they tend to contour to the changes in your breast shape and size better.  I don't recommend molded cup bras when losing weight, once they no longer fit you, they will gap, crease, and you can see this underneath your clothing.
  • Get out the sewing machine or find a seamstress you trust to alter your bras to make them work with you when you're in between sizes.  Thanks to the ladies from Sophisticated Pear, I found these great bra alteration tutorials:
transitioning bra sizes losing weight from fry sauce and grits

Diana from Livy Loves to Run

Weight Loss Bra Makeover Livy Loves to Run

Thanks so much Diana for being my bosom friend and for letting me tell your story and for using you as a great example for this post.  I hope giving you all these pointers will help you feel more comfortable and confident as you transition into different bra sizes as on your weight loss journey.  And thanks to Dillard's for letting us crash your dressing room and department.  If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me at

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fitness Essentials Giveaway

I have been a little busy bee trying to come up with the most brilliant giveaway for anyone on a journey for better health.  Whether that be someone just starting or someone fully fledged into their new life, I wanted to giveaway something that could not compare.  I think my friend Sadie from 
Simply Sadie Jane and I did that! We have brought some of our most favorite products together and are offering them to you in a huge giveaway! This giveaway is valued at over $700! Thats a lot of product for one person! 

I wanted to explain why I decided to do this giveaway! Of course, giving away all this incredible product is just so fun and exciting, but I have a true passion for fitness and weight loss.  This makes me so happy to work on my body and I believe these products will help aid in that! Also, I wanted to introduce you to my friend who is doing the giveaway with me.  I mentioned Sadie and she too struggled with her weight and decided to change her life:  

WHAT UP!! I am Sadie Jane from, I have always had a passion for fitness but after weighing in at 200 pounds after baby number 2, I was desperate to feel like myself again and become a healthier me! Finding CrossFit and clean eating has helped me reach my fitness goals and become a healthier person than I've ever been before! My husband and I now have a CrossFit gym in our garage and blog about at-home workouts that any busy mom can do!! It's amazing what healthy living can do for you and your family! 

What you will win!
THIRTY48: $100 gift certificate
Also, they are offering a 10% discount code to all our readers!
USE sadiejanepromo at checkout
Mend Juicery: 3 Day Cleanse (18 Bottles) $150 Value
Bottle Band: 5 Bottle Bands 
Quest Bars: THREE Winners of 16 Sampler pack
Lole: $100 gift certificate
True Citrus: Natural Ingredient Gift Set
Albion Fit: $50 gift certificate
Fancy Fit Boutique: 3 Workout Tanks

This giveaway ends Thursday, April 10th! 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nordstrom Giveaway sponsored by

I have loved shopping for new clothes the more I lose weight.  It has sort of become my reward for my hard work not only because I need to buy new clothes, but it definitely motivates me to keep pushing.  I have noticed the big trend of booties.  The cute boots for women in all sorts of colors hitting at the ankle with a heel or even no heel has been something that I love.  I am also seeing a lot of cobalt blue and umpire waist dresses.  I think Umpire waist a flattering style for all women any shape or size.  I wore this style dress at my heaviest and will continue to wear it the smaller I get because no matter what, anyone can rock it!

I love the cognac color and when I saw that it came in this boot, I knew I had to have it.  I have several color booties already, but this one is for sure my favorite.  Not everyone might like it since black is so classic or even brown, but the warm honey tones are what really catches my eye. The boots that I am wearing in the photos below were purchased from Nordstrom which you can find here.  I am really excited to offer you a Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway today sponsored by  You can find Nordstrom Coupon codes and sale information on

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3 Exercises at home with a 10 lbs weight

I am a busy mom who doesn't always have time to run to the gym and spend hours upon hours working out.  Most of my work outs are rushed and timed perfectly between diaper changes and bedtime routines.  I started out losing weight just doing it all on my own, no gym or anyone telling me what to do.  Everything I did was from research and trial and error.  I get asked a lot about weight training and what are some good exercises to do for weight training. I often times am simply overwhelmed when it comes to weight training because it seems so 'manly' and women who lift seem to be huge body builders so it becomes hard to relate to.  Well thats all false! You don't have to get big if you don't want to! Since I have started weight training, my body has changed in so many ways.  More than just what running or any Yoga class could do.  It has sculpted and shaped my body. I am more toned and lean.  My arms are smaller and more defined.  My lose skin is becoming less lose! It has a ton of benefits. I don't think there is really any wrong way to lift weights as long as you aren't hurting yourself and getting a great burn.  

This first exercise is what I call a weighted lunge.  Start out standing with your weights in both arms.  Put one leg in front of the other and bend down in the lunge position.  Then switch legs.  I like to do at least 20.  The weights add so much more resistance making this a full body workout.  Try and do 3 sets of 10 if you are just beginning.  You know that shaking muscle feeling.  yes that is good! You want that!

This next one is for your arms.  We all want strong defined arms! Well, I do at least.  Stand tall with weights in both hands.  Start with your right arm and lift up the weight like the picture on the right. Then alternate between both arms making sure you aren't going too fast and are getting a nice resistance.  This workout also builds defined shoulders too! Try and do 3 sets of 20.  

This next one will for sure get your heart pumping!  I call this one a modified jumping jack with weight. Start in the Jumping jack position with your weight above your head.  Then while jumping put your legs back together and bring your weight down to your chest.  Keep doing this one and get some sweat going! I like to do 2 sets of 25.  Its definitely a full body workout and you may feel a little sore after, but that means you are doing something right!

Whether you are a full time college student or working single gal, there is so much you can do to get in your calorie burn.  You don't have to spend loads of money or tons of time getting the workout in.  You just have to make sure whatever time you dedicate to working out, that it counts and you feel your heart pumping.  Even if you don't have a 10 lbs weight or you feel more comfortable with a 5 lbs weight, thats totally fine! I have heard of using cans as weights and that works just the same!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Giveaway Winner + Weight loss Update

First off, for the fun part…The Polar Watch giveaway was amazing and I had no idea so many people would love this watch! I know I love it, but it's sure exciting to see so many others too! The winner is 

Alex Huaman

Thank you to all who entered! I will most likely be doing more giveaways soon!

Now onto my weight loss update! 
I haven't done one in a long time because I forgot! I guess once I reached 100 lbs, the updates weren't as exciting.  Well I should probably still keep it updated on my blog for journaling purposes and hope that some of you still care!  Weight loss is slow! I think I am in a plateau.  My body is definitely used to the hard workouts and the healthy eating.  Ever since we went to Disney World, it's been a weird transition coming back to real life.  I am still pretty good at eating and exercising but the weight is taking a lot longer to come off.  Honestly, I haven't weighed myself in a week or two because I just don't care as much anymore about the scale.  I really only care about how I feel and how my clothes fit.  I think when you get to the last few pounds that you want to lose, this is what is going to happen because I will have to work really hard for it.  I told myself that once I hit 100 lbs that I will let myself be a little relaxed and live life a little.  I don't want to get so caught up in completing my days perfectly because I am a mom and a wife.  However, I still have very healthy habits and don't see myself ever going back to my old ways.  That I am sure of. 
I honestly feel really good though.  I love the way my body fits in clothes and I love seeing my clothes getting smaller and smaller.  I have come a long ways so for me to get so upset about what the scale says one week shouldn't matter! I have definitely tried to just not care.  

My body is getting so much stronger.  I am lifting heavier weights.  I am running faster and longer.  On Friday, I went running thinking I would do 6 miles.  I ended up doing 8 and it felt incredible.  The next day I had a chunk of time where my mother in law was taking my kids for the afternoon.  I decided to try and run those 8 miles again but even faster.  I ended up shaving 6 minutes off my time. I did the 8 miles in 1hr 24 minutes.  Just 8 months ago, I ran/walked my first 8 miles ever in 2 hrs.  I remember being so proud that I finished that.  But here I am now running as fast as I can for the same mileage only to do it in a fraction of the time.  That to me is so exciting and makes up for not losing weight as much these days.  I definitely have been looking for more non scale victories because of course progress is what keeps everyone going when it comes to hard things.  I don't even officially start half marathon training until April 1st but I am doing so good before and to think that I can actually PR is so exciting.  I also decided while running that I want to do a full marathon before I turn 30.  I've got some time before that happens, but before my mind was thinking that I never wanted to do a full.  But just to say that you did one is pretty incredible to me at least so I think I will open my mind to that possibility. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Polar FT4 Giveaway!

You all know how obsessed I am with my polar watch, I even wrote a whole blog post about it and how its helped me in my workouts.  Well, Polar has graciously offered one of my readers to win a watch for themselves! The giveaway starts today and ends Sunday, March 16th! Just use the rafflecopter below to enter and I will announce the winner Monday morning! 

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