Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts

Friday, October 13, 2017

Olay 28-Day Challenge: Results

It has been said that it takes at least three weeks to form a habit, and I've learned that with consistency comes results. I've teamed up with Olay to complete the 28-Day Challenge using only two products. Therefore, over the course of 28 days I replaced all facial moisturizers and eye creams with the following two-step regimen:

Step 1: AM apply the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15
Step 2: AM and PM apply Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

BEFORE // Day 1: My skin had many imperfections and blemishes, with oily residue.

When I first began this journey, I honestly wasn't expecting to achieve results so early in the process. However, by day 7 my skin was already visibly healthier looking. My skin appearance began looking more even and I looked less tired throughout the day.

By day 14, my skin felt moisturized and hydrated throughout the day. Aside from that, both products made my skin feel cared for and I really looked forward to putting them on each day. It was almost like a therapeutic ritual that I enjoyed each morning and night.

AFTER // Day 28

 At the end  the 28 days, my skin looked and felt much healthier to say the least. It's incredible how integrating one daily habit into my life was seemingly so easy and effective. What I noticed about the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 is that it evened my skin tone and appearance, and brought out a brighter glow. I also noticed a difference in minimizing my pores and reducing dark spots on my face. I don't know about you guys, but I don't get enough sleep each night. Being a busy mom, I receive about five hours of sleep per night if I'm lucky enough. Hence, the skin under my eyes is often dry and puffy. By using the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel each morning and night, the skin under my eyes were hydrated and the delicate skin plumped. The cooling formula also helped fight visible signs of fatigue and under eye dehydration lines.

Therefore, I encourage you to join the journey with a visit to an Olay Skin Advisor so that you can experience the easy no-brainer skin regimen too. An Olay Skin Advisor is the most precise skin diagnosis known to public (after using Skin Advisor, 95% of women agreed that product recommendations felt "right for her") and can provide you with a personalized skincare regimen. The first 15 readers to visit will receive $40 off their purchase of recommended products! 

#Olay28Day @Olay

This post was sponsored by Olay, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


 Now that Miami Swim Week has come to an end, I can get back on track with my regular scheduled programming. When I say that, of course I mean normal timed workouts and eating real human meals rather than on-the-go snacks. One of my favorite ways to get sweaty is boxing, as it's one of the best forms of cardio and high intensity realness. There's something about wearing cute workout clothes that helps motivate me to get in the gym, and Victoria's Secret has some of the best fitting active wear in my opinion. It's also fitting that supermodel Adriana Lima swears by a boxing workout for staying in shape. 

In addition to working out, I'm doing a 30-day detox with Teami. It's comprised of a slimming tea in the morning and colon tea at night. Yes, this sounds exciting - I know. However, I have noticed a difference in the reduction of bloating since I started drinking the tea. If you're interested in joining me, use my code LYNSEE for a discount on Teami Tea! Let's get it.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Healthy Essentials + 3 Delicious Dessert Recipes

This post is sponsored by iHerb, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

With bikini season in full effect and Miami Swim Week right around the corner, I recently picked up some of my healthy essentials. For today's post, I've partnered up with iHerb. For those who aren't familiar, iHerb is the mecca of all things high-quality for the health-minded. I discovered the website years ago and I've actually been shopping on their site for supplements and healthy snacks ever since.

As one of the world's largest online stores for natural products, iHerb carries a huge selection of natural products with the best overall value. Let's face it, I don't enjoy spending my life savings at more expensive retailers. Therefore, iHerb saves the day. I typically purchase my protein or other supplements, nut butters, nuts, or natural seasonings through their site. It saves me a lot of time and energy, and shipping is free on orders of $20 or more.

They carry over 35,000 products and ship to over 160 countries, and iHerb is a Google Trusted Store. Therefore, it's great for gifting the man in your life. In my case, the man in my life is nearly 6 years old, eats like a grown man, and loves sweet treats. I like to incorporate healthy treats or desserts to help curb the sweet tooth in a way that won't be detrimental for our bodies. Here are some of my favorites:

Peanut Butter + Banana Roll-ups

1 low-carb whole wheat tortilla

2 Tbsp peanut butter

1 banana

Dash of cinnamon

Spread peanut butter on the tortilla, place a banana in the center, roll it up, and cut into slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon!

High Protein Chocolate Brownie

1 scoop protein powder

1 egg (or 1 Tbsp flax powder and 1 Tbsp water)

½ banana, mashed up

2 Tbsp almond milk

Mix everything together, microwave for 45 seconds, and devour.

Apple “Nachos”

1 apple, sliced

Unsweetened, shredded coconut

2 Tbsp peanut butter, melted

2 Tbsp raw almonds, chopped

Dash of cinnamon

Layer the apples and toppings, and sprinkle with cinnamon. It's really simple and delicious!

If that's not enough goodness, they also have a rewards program that hooks you and your referral up with 5% each.

Products mentioned:

Buff Bake, White Chocolate Protein Peanut Spread, 13 oz (368 g)

California Gold Nutrition, SPORT, AjiPure, Pure L-Glutamine Powder, 16 oz (454 g)

iHerb Goods, Blender Bottle with Blender Ball, Green, 28 oz

Lenny & Larry's, The Complete Cookie, Snickerdoodle, 12 Cookies, 4 oz (113 g) Each

Peanut Butter & Co., White Chocolate Wonderful, Peanut Butter Blended with Sweet White Chocolate, 16 oz (454 g)

Vega, Sport Performance Protein, Chocolate, 29.5 oz (837 g)

What are some of your healthy must-haves?

If you're interested in trying iHerb out for yourself, click here to get 5% OFF your order!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of iHerb.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Big Fat Truth: My Weight Loss Transformation Story

I'm excited to announce that I've teamed up with Z Living to share a bit about their newest show, The Big Fat Truth, and to share my own transformation story.

The Big Fat Truth airs on Sundays at 8pm EST and features a different set of participants who are looking to break their bad habits that are detrimental and damaging to their health (i.e. teachers, chefs, nurses, diabetics, moms, etc). The show addresses the real reasons people struggle with weight, and gives them tools and optimism to transform their lives. I encourage you guys to join the FREE Big Fat 30 Day Challenge to get health and wellness tips from executive producer and host JD Roth!

Growing up, I was always an active child involved in sports and extracurricular activities. I ran track and field, swam competitively, and played basketball and volleyball. Fast forward to 2010, I became pregnant with my son and ate nearly everything in sight aside from feeling stressed out. Needless to say, I gained an immense amount of weight during my pregnancy. After I gave birth, it became a mission to lose weight and get back to finding my confidence and myself. I lost 55 pounds of post-baby weight, two months after giving birth to him.

Afterwards, I completely changed my life for the better. Having my son ultimately changed my life in a way that most won’t understand. From staying in a draining relationship to poor self-esteem during my pregnancy, to living happy and healthy, I learned to change my life through good decisions and surrounding myself with like-minded people. I began living a more active lifestyle, eating healthier, and encouraging my son to stay active as well. I started doing at-home Insanity workouts by Shaun T, and was featured in the International Insanity workout commercial for my transformation. After that, I began living a life where I followed my passions and what I truly wanted to do – inspire young women to know that they can achieve anything they put their mind to. I started my blog and YouTube channel for me to speak to young women all over the world. Regardless of obstacles that the universe puts in our path, we are capable of overcoming them with the right mindset. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come just by making the right decisions.


It can be hard to stay motivated or you may be intimidated to start the process, but my best advice is to take it one step at a time and believe in yourself. In the end, you are the only person who is going to push yourself when nothing else is left. When you’re on that last rep, or last 30 seconds of the workout, only you can tell yourself to keep going and not give up on who you are. Only you can change your life.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

No Party Like An Ok! Mag Party

There's nothing like getting together with your girls and celebrating life, whether it's enjoying a beach day, working out, or pampering yourselves. 

Fortunately, I had the pleasure of experiencing all of this over the weekend, thanks to OK! Magazine's Body and Soul Miami Beach event at The Raleigh Hotel. The all-day beachside event showcased the hottest celebrity health, fitness and wellness trends of 2017 and allowed guests to get out, get fit, and join OK! for a fun-filled day of wellness and plenty of pampering! 

I started my day with a quick stop at the Barbar, where I had my hair braided (let's face it, my hair looks like a hot mess otherwise) before my first workout. Shortly after, The BOX hosted an intense and dynamic boxing experience that started off with some jump romping for cardio and shifted into shadowboxing and boxing-inspired bodyweight exercises. As many of you know, I workout often and the intensity levels are quite high. However, this was one of the hardest boxing and invigorating workouts I've ever tried. DJ Mike Louis played some of the hottest tracks, which made it a fun experience.

In between the boxing and Vixen Workout, I hydrated with both HINT water and Whispering Angel infused ROSE ice pops (yes, they legitimately had rose-filled popsicles on deck). Atkins sampled their new harvest gluten free breakfast bars all day.  Tampax and Always were sampling Pearl tampons and Always pads. The Little Lighthouse Foundation of Miami was there to recruit volunteers for their foundation.

 What I'm rocking:

Sports Bra by Beyond Yoga
Shorts by LIVE!
Shoes by PUMA

Sunday, May 7, 2017


One of my favorite fashion trends of the moment, is athleisure. What started as a pronounced trend in 2010, has significantly shifted the way individuals dress. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of experiencing Funkshion's THE RETREAT here in Miami. Essentially, THE RETREAT has taken the athleisure trend and turned it into a lifestyle. A four day retreat featuring fashion presentations, panel discussions, designer one-on-one's, and private events took place at Soho Beach House and the Nautilus Hotel. As someone who is quite engulfed into an active lifestyle, it was an excellent combination of healthy and fitness-focused fashion/beauty. To be honest, I'm either in full-on workout clothing with little to no makeup or completely glammed up from head to toe. There's really no in between...until now. Athleisure takes the effortless style of rocking activewear and melds it with business casual chic. Would you rock it?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Gym Bag Essentials

In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of fitness is stepping outside of my comfort zone. As humans, it’s only natural that we have a little self-doubt every now and then. In all honesty, there are many times where I’ve questioned my capabilities and second guessed my ability to perform a certain exercise. However, it is such a reward once I push past those barriers of not letting anything get in my way and achieve a goal I’ve been aiming towards.

We as women, tend to allow our periods to overcome us as well. Whether it’s a physical or emotional barrier, it’s important to work through them by continuing to stay strong and positive throughout the process. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with U by Kotex® to introduce the new U by Kotex® FITNESS* line, including tampons, that  come with a plastic FITPAK (so you can protect your protection). They are durable, compact, and discreet. Additionally, U by Kotex® FITNESS* liners and ultra thin pads are also available with shape to fit and flex with your body. What I love about these are their discreet packaging, so you aren’t flashing a giant box of tampons in your gym bag!

Honestly, I’m not one of those girls who brings her whole life in her gym bag. Some of my gym bag essentials are fairly basic:

- Water bottle
- Cell phone
- Weightlifting gloves
- Sunglasses (for the walk or drive over)
- Headphones
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Tampons
- Hairbrush
- Hair ties
- Alpha Aminos
- Sweatshirt
- Facial cleansing cloths
- Dry shampoo and dry conditioner
- Lip gloss (so I look like a human afterwards)
- Shaker cup with protein in it (for post-workout)

What are the must-haves in your gym bag?

Enter my Giveaway!
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Ultra Thin Pads With Wings, Regular (15 count)
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Folded & Wrapped Liners, Regular (40 count)
- U by Kotex® FITNESS* Compact Tampons, Regular, Super, (15 count)

#FindYourFITNESS* and get a free sample here

I was compensated by U by Kotex® on behalf of FitFluential. However, all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Puma Girl

As of now, it's safe to say that I have been wearing these Puma Fierce Strap Swan shoes in two colorways (all black and black/blue) nearly every single day. What can I say?  Sometimes a girl is just comfortable in sneakers 24/7. Let me retract that - women are comfortable in sneakers all of the time. Nobody wakes up and says, "I can't wait to throw on my pain-inducing 5-inch heels today. Yes, let's get it world." I digress.

About a month ago, I was in La-La-Land for work, and had the pleasure of perusing Sunset Boulevard during a brief breakfast stint. There was a quaint little cafe style restaurant right off the strip, where I had the most delicious spinach and egg white fritatta and chai tea latte. One aspect of LA that I could always get used to is that everyone seems quite active. Equinox was right around the corner, and nearly everybody was decked out in active wear. My first thought was "Los Angeles, I have arrived." Nevertheless, I fit right in with Puma's newly launched pieces! 

Photography by: @MaxTheBody

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Day in the Life: Full Leg Workout, Dental Spa + Healthy Food!

I'm excited to take you into a "day in the life" with me, as I share an intense leg workout at Legacy Fit, a visit to Dr. Patty's Dental Boutique, and some of my favorite healthy food essentials. I often receive questions or inquiries about my workout routine and diet, so I thought I'd share this with you to give you a better idea! Lately, I've been incorporating high-intensity interval training in between my sets (I love supersets) to keep my heart rate up.  Essentially, a superset is when you do two exercises back-to-back with little to no rest in between. It's been the most effective for me, in shaping my body how I desire it to look as well.  Here are the complete details for my workout:

Walking Lunges 15 per leg x 3
Jumping Lunges 15 per leg x 3

Barbell Squats (Sumo) 10 -12  x 4
Pop Squats 15 x 4

Deadlifts (Sumo) 10 - 12 x 3
EZ Bar Curtsy Lunge Pulse 8 - 10 (Each leg) x 3

Squat to Reverse Grip Shoulder Press 15 x 4
Battle Rope To Failure
Single Sky Bridge (Each leg) 15 x 4 

CLICK Active Protein Powder:

Sports Bra by LVE! (similar style):
Workout Shorts by LVE!:
Shoes by PUMA

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift That's Good For You

I recently discovered what quite possibly may be the most delicious chocolate, ever. Dark chocolate is one of my guilty pleasures (aside from peanut butter), but it also offers nutrition and energy that benefit your heart and brain. K'ul Chocolate brings the value of a small batch-crafted chocolate into the functional food segment by producing unique bars from artisan dark chocolate with superfood ingredients, targeting both athletes and chocolate connoisseurs while connecting everyone directly to small cocoa growers. The cocoa is made from single-origin sources, including Peru, Kafupbo cooperative in Haiti, Forester cocoa from Brazil, and Hacienda Limon farm in Ecuador. 

Aside from its benefits, we all know chocolate is known for causing feelings of pleasure. After all, it's a luxurious treat. K'ul's Stamina bar is made from 70% high-quality chocolate, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and maca root. Maca root has been known to increase stamina and libido. Therefore, it's the perfect Valentine's treat. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year, New Face

Throughout my ten years of living in Miami, my skin has undergone quite some sun damage. More specifically, my facial skin. Let me preface this by saying that I have had an infinite fear of any kind of facial treatments because I had a terrible, tear-jerking experience prior. In lieu of getting a standard facial, I was introduced to Vivid Face, which is located in Aventura, Florida. The center offers full body solutions, injectables, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, and laser facial treatments. Upon arriving, the whole Vivid Face team was friendly and welcoming, which helped decrease my level of anxiety at that point. Reminder: my last facial treatment experience ended with me crying, and I typically have quite a high pain tolerance.

My Vivid Therapist reviewed everything about the Signature Facial Treatment and began a seemingly painless laser treatment on my face. In essence, it felt like she was brushing heat over my face but it wasn't bad at all. The next treatment felt as though she was poking my face, and before I knew it the session was complete. The session lasted for about 20 minutes, so it's quick and easy. My skin was terrible before receiving the treatment (sun spots, dark areas, blemishes), but I even noticed a change the following day. Makeup applied smoother, my skin felt smoother, and brighter. I highly recommend Vivid Face if you're in the South Florida area. 

Use the code VSL435 to receive 10% OFF a Vivid Facial laser treament!

Vivid Face is located at 15400 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 104 Aventura, Florida 33160.