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

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


Get the look:



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:

SUPERSET #1
Walking Lunges 15 per leg x 3
Jumping Lunges 15 per leg x 3

SUPERSET #2
Barbell Squats (Sumo) 10 -12  x 4
Pop Squats 15 x 4

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

SUPERSET #4
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: http://bit.ly/2nn2sBz

Sports Bra by LVE! (similar style): http://bit.ly/2lUK8mr
Workout Shorts by LVE!: http://bit.ly/2mFQuEM
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.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Matrix Fitness


Although doing cardio is such a wondrous event filled with sweat-drenching excitement in the gym, believe it or not, it’s quite comforting to be able to do this at home. It takes away from that whole “sitting in your own sweat” during the drive home from working out. Therefore, I’ve teamed up with Matrix Fitness to introduce their newest residential luxury line of Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, Matrix Fitness is the fastest growing commercial fitness equipment brand and their equipment is found in many elite gyms. 

One can assume my level of excitement (and my sweat glands were enthused) when I discovered they just launched their Home Fitness line of machines. These machines have all the best technology and accessories for an incredible at home gym experience. I know I’m not the only one who agrees that it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you have proper entertainment (i.e. apps on apps on apps) to keep your mind occupied, which makes Matrix Fitness equipment so unique. Personally, I like to watch YouTube, listen to music, and have the capability to connect my phone to stay in sync at all times. 







Matrix Fitness Treadmills and Elliptical machines also come equipped with Sprint 8, a HIIT training program that helps trim fat, tone muscles and boost energy. Some users experienced a 27% body-fat loss in 8 weeks without changing their diets! 

Visit their website to find out more information about the all new Matrix Fitness residential luxury line.


This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

My Current Hair Routine









My hair has gone through a damaging rollercoaster over time, but my latest haircare routine has been keeping it smooth and silky. To begin, I've recently fallen in love with Suave's newest collection - Coconut Oil Infusion shampoo, conditioner and damage repair oil treatment. The 3-step system visibly repairs two years of damage and leaves hair luscious and healthy-looking. After using it, I've noticed a difference in the softness and weight of my hair. Since I live in Miami (also known as humidity central), Suave's Damage Repair Oil Treatment helps tame flyaways while delivering a healthy and long-lasting shine. Many of Suave's collections are salon proven to work as well as luxury brands. Awhile ago, I damaged my hair by applying an ombre dye job and let's just say it was a nightmare. In an effort to strengthen my hair, I tried a number of shampoo brands but failed to get the result I was looking for. Therefore, Suave's Coconut Oil Infusion collection has brought my hair back to life! I also love how affordable the products are, as I snagged these from Walmart. 

Currently, I wash my hair and condition it first. After rinsing, I towel dry it and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, I blow dry it and apply Suave's Damage Repair Oil Treatment and smooth it out with my hands. Brush over it one last time, and my everyday hair is ready!

Visit your local Walmart to try out all of the new 2016 Suave Professionals collections: Coconut Oil Infusion, Coconut Milk Infusion and Biotin Infusion, while supplies last.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Suave Professionals  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuaveBeliever #pmgSuave  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


Friday, September 9, 2016

The Snack Monster





There's something you should absolutely know about me...

I am a snack monster. I don't know about you guys, but I love snacking throughout the day for a number of reasons. First of all, I'm a mom on-the-go so I'm usually chasing after my 5-year-old son or looking for a million and one ways to entertain him. Second, the concept of physically having to prepare a complete meal doesn't sound appealing to me all of the time. Finally, snacks are more fun. In all honesty, I often eat snacks in between meals to help satisfy my cravings or keep me from eating my arm. One of my favorites would have to be the Fiber One Lemon bars (their Oats & Chocolate bars are also quite addicting). 

The bars have 25% less sugar and no artificial colors or flavor, which is a major factor for me. There are so many other sugar-packed snacks that my body would hate me for, so Fiber One Lemon bars keep me satisfied throughout the day. My son also loves them as after school snacks. Hence, my purse is packed with these. In short, the bars are so good, they should have another name. If you haven't tried them yet, they are available at Costco (AKA a mom's BFF). What are some of your favorite healthier options for snacks?




Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Costco, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.






Monday, May 16, 2016

A Path to More Youthful-Looking Skin



This post is sponsored by Sculptra® Aesthetic. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

To be completely honest, I've been notorious for neglecting my skin in the past. It wasn't until a few years ago that I really started looking into proper skincare tactics and how it helps the aging process. In my head, it was always assumed that I would look like I was 16 throughout my entire life. It sounds good, doesn't it? Over time, I've learned that anti-aging can be subtle. It doesn't have to involve an extreme face-lift, leaving you with the "I'm surprised all day" look.

On March 15th, I had the pleasure of meeting with two incredible dermatologists Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera and Dr. Flor Mayoral to learn about Sculptra® AestheticSculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) is indicated for use in people with healthy immune systems as a single regimen for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles. It's not a drastic overnight procedure, so don't expect to go from drab to fab instantly. However, its gradual process leaves the overall appearance looking natural and lasts up to two years.* The primary ingredient in Sculptra Aesthetic is biocompatible and biodegradable, made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid (which is naturally absorbed by the body). 

Essentially, the doctors explained that it works to help restore collagen that we lose with the aging process. Therefore, the skin's architecture is reinforced and gives a refined, more youthful-looking appearance by restoring shallow areas or deep wrinkles that deplete over time. This is a different treatment approach than what a patient gets with neurotoxins or HA fillers. It has also been shown to last up to* two years. Dr. Aguilera and Dr. Mayoral, two of the top Dermatologists in South Florida, believe in this treatment approach and offer it to their patients nearly every day!

*Clinical study ended after 25 months.

For more information, visit www.SculptraAesthetic.com



© 2016 Galderma Laboratories, L.P. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Important Safety Information

Indication: Sculptra® Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) is indicated for use in people with healthy immune systems as a single regimen for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles in which deep dermal grid pattern (cross-hatch) injection technique is appropriate.

Sculptra Aesthetic should not be used by people that are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Safety has not been established in patients who are pregnant, lactating, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age.
Sculptra Aesthetic has unique injection requirements and should only be used by a trained physician. Contour deficiencies should not be overcorrected because they are expected to gradually improve after treatment.

Sculptra Aesthetic should not be injected into the blood vessels as it may cause vascular occlusion, infarction or embolic phenomena. Use at the site of skin sores, cysts, pimples, rashes, hives or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. Sculptra Aesthetic should not be injected into the red area (vermillion) of the lip or in the peri-orbital area.

The most common side effects after initial treatment include injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, itching and lumps. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported.

Sculptra Aesthetic is available only through a licensed practitioner. View the complete Instructions for Use.







Monday, May 9, 2016

GapFit






Let's face it - Summer is right around the corner. With bikini season in full-effect, I've upped my workout routines and activewear of course. The elevation of sportswear that has emerged over time, has become quite dominating in today's world of fashion. However, it's rare to find stylishly comfortable workout clothes...until now. I've teamed up with GapFit to share quite possibly your new favorite activewear. What I love so much about their sportswear is that it's built with wicking which allows one to stay dry during workouts (major key), its four-way stretch capabilities, compression, and breathability. After all, us ladies need to keep everything in place while still being able to breathe during workouts. 

What I'm rocking:

Hoodie by GapFit
Sports bra by GapFit (similar style here)
gFast Capris by GapFit




Monday, April 25, 2016

Hair by Hisham




BEFORE

AFTER

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and Coconut Grove's go-to beauty salon decided to spoil me over the weekend. As a mom with nearly zero time to get my hair or nails done, Hair by Hisham catered to my every want or need as soon as I walked in the door. To be completely honest, I was long overdue for a haircut (my ends looked like they had been through the Amazon rainforest's swamp holes and back). 

Aside from the incredible service, they offered their glam expertise to give an amazing hair cut and blow-dry with a manicure (one of their Mother's Day packages). Sometimes it's the simplest things that mean so much to a mother, like being able to get pampered and relax for a moment. If you're looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, Hair by Hisham is offering an array of packages for all of the mothers out there! For more information, visit www.hairbyhisham.com or call 305-461-0020.