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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:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Diets and Dresses

Cardigan: c/o Madison and Sixth | Dress: BooHoo (only $16!) | Hat: c/o Sole Society

This week I kind of took a break from all the rules and let myself do whatever the heck I wanted.  I haven't exercised in a few days and I might have eaten out 3-4x in a row.  The best part about it all is I know that I am in control and I know that it's temporary.  I don't live any type of diet, but I do live a balanced life and part of that is living healthy while enjoying yourself.  I mentioned on instagram that I was without a husband for the past few days, but thankfully he will be back tomorrow.  I just can't worry about getting in a workout when my partner in crime isn't here to help out! I just love knowing that I am in control when in years past, I would have just given up and let all go to the wayside.  Not anymore! 

And can you believe this dress is only $16?  BooHoo is quickly becoming my favorite place to shop! They have some great finds, but so much cheaper than places like Asos or Zara.  I snagged this dress with a 20% off coupon too which is going on now! Code is: SAVE20. I am not being paid to say this, I PROMISE! I really just know when there is a good deal and this is one! This dress is so cheap, so cute and so comfy!

My trip to LA

Just over a week ago, I got an email from The Doctor's producers asking to interview me.  They had found my blog and were really interested in featuring me on their show about my weight loss.  I was immediately excited and knew that if they chose me I would just die at the whole opportunity.  About 2 hours after I interviewed with them, they called me back and said they wanted me on! I was freaking out with excitement and knew I had a busy week ahead of me.  They told me they want me out the following week 

I was so nervous because I will admit, I have never flown or traveled by myself.  However, I grew up in Southern California and am familiar with the Los Angeles area so Hollywood wasn't as intimidating for me.  I have been there numerous amounts of times before, but this was a first doing it all alone! The day I flew in they picked me up from the airport and drove to the studios to film my interview.  Immediately after pulling up to Paramount Studios, I see Dr. Phil and his wife Robyn and of course was star struck.  It was a great start to my trip.  After my filmed interview, I checked into my hotel and went to get some lunch.  I relaxed for a bit and just hung out on the streets outside of my hotel.  I will mention I stayed at the Roosevelt which is a really fancy hotel in the heart of Hollywood.  But apparently, it's haunted by Marilyn Monroe! I was slightly freaked out, but I made sure to buy earplugs and leave my TV on all night because I wasn't going to let any ghosts freak me out! Thankfully, I heard nothing but I was still freaked out.  

That night was the Big Hero 6 Movie Premiere right across the street.  I decided since I had nothing else to do, I might as well go see what was going on.  There were so many celebrities and it was fun to see a new limosine pull up and see someone famous walk out.  I will say the paparazzi were so irritating just shouting the celebrities names and trying to get their attention.  I felt bad for the actors because I could only imagine how bombarded they are by those people all the time.  So I saw Karina Smirnoff (DWTS), Josh Gad (Olaf Voice), Breckin Meyer (clueless), Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally), Maya Rudolph, then I sat by Heather Mcdonald while waiting for my flight home in LAX.  She is a comedian on Chelsea Lately.  

The next morning, I woke up ready for a workout.  I hadn't really planned a  workout because I knew it was going to be busy, but the hotel had a great gym, so I decided to go try it out.  I got on the elliptical and worked out for 20 minutes when I decided I should go outside and run up to Runyon Park which was a half mile away.  It was beautiful up there and I really enjoyed the sunshine.  If it weren't for so many cars pulling out and almost hitting me and tons of people walking on the sidewalk, it would have been a perfect run.  However, you just can't expect much when running on a busy street.  After that I got ready for the day even though I had no real plans.  I was still just going to try and find something to do rather than sit in my hotel all day.  My friend Jennifer from Beauty Glam Now lives in Beverly Hills and she wanted to go grab lunch together! We went to Tender Greens which has very healthy delicious food as you can see below.  I ordered a caesar salad and some chicken.  It was a perfect meal before my tv debut! After lunch we went to get my nails done and then I went back to the hotel to rest up for the busy next day ahead.  

The next morning, I got all glammed up and ready to head to the studio.  Upon arriving, they put me in my dressing room and things were starting to get real.  I met the other guests who were going to be on the show and that was fun to chat with them and hear their experiences.  They put in hair and make up and had me get dressed.  It felt so fun to be pampered and doted upon.  Then they had me get all miked up and went over my interview.  It honestly went all so fast and I can't even remember all of it because I was just so nervous! The doctors were so sweet and even though I only saw them for maybe 5 minutes, they were really nice and genuine.  They surprised me with a $2000 gift certificate to Modcloth and I was just stunned! I could not believe that they had done that! I was thrilled because that was so generous! After we filmed, I got changed out of my clothes and ready to get to the airport.  It really was so fast, but I was ready to get home to my family.  The funny thing about all of this was my husband, Daniel came down to California on Wednesday for business trip and we joked about meeting up, but we couldn't make it work.  Thankfully, I have wonderful in-laws who helped tend my children while we were both gone.  We could not have done any of this without them! I will be sure to post all of my amazing goodies I get from Modcloth because woah you better believe I am going to use every cent of that! I cannot wait! This experience was incredible and I realize how truly lucky I am to have been able to go out there.  Everyone was so kind and sweet and I really felt like I was supposed to be doing this.  I will be sure to let you all know when the show airs which is supposed to be at the end of the month!

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