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10 week at home workout for women

I found this awesome infographic on Pinterest via Ritely.com It is a ten week workout schedule, no gym needed! Check out the actual post here for a full detailed schedule, or check out the handy infographic below. 

What I like about the moves they chose is, that they workout your full body and help build strength. If you are athletic already, just do a couple sets of each. It’s a pretty simple routine to follow, and as long as you also eat healthy meals, you should see results. Most importantly, don’t give up! Do the full ten weeks, and see what happens.

So, give it a try and let me know what you thought about it! 


Malory band review: the band that helps you lose weight

Weight loss products are abundant and everywhere nowadays. They all promise the same thing, but the last thing anyone considers is the damage some can cause.

What if I told you there was a product that would aid in weight loss by helping you be aware of overeating, and not cause any risk to your health. Good news, there is!

The Malory band


This little gadget is intended to assist you in your weight loss journey, without the dangers associated in weight loss supplements or pills . I first heard about the Malory band via this article woman loses 60 lbs with the help of a band, and was very interested in learning more.

How it works

It’s as simple as the instructions that come included.  The Malory band is pretty much an adjustable string worn around your waist, kind of like a belly chain (remember those?!) The whole purpose of wearing the band is for self awareness of your eating habits. The more you eat, the tighter it will get due to belly bloat from food. It’s kind of a reminder to stop you from overeating.

Overeating is an issue most people are unaware of. Unless you log a daily food journal, most of us underestimate the amount of actual calories consumed. The Malory band is not a magical tool that will shrink your belly, but it is a great aid to reinforce better eating habits. It’s a physical reminder that let’s you know “hey, you’re full don’t have that extra serving.”

My experience with the Malory band


The folks over at maloryband.com sent me a band to try out and see how I felt about their product. It arrived fairly quickly, and the packaging had a clean and elegant style. The Malory band itself was very comfortable to wear, and I liked the fact it includes a soft pouch to take your band everywhere and avoid losing it.

Everyone’s body is different, so for some, bloating from overeating is not an issue. If that’s your case, consider yourself lucky! I am not so lucky, and definitely get that bloated feeling on some occasions. I wore the Malory band all  weekend long, and found it to be a very good reminder to watch what I ate. Since it was the weekend, I did indulge a bit and noticed the band did what it was supposed to do; tighten up when it was time for me to stop eating.

Besides the physical reminder of the band tightening, it also seems to give you some motivation on making healthier choices of what you choose to eat. Of course, the band won’t change your eating habits; but if you are motivated to make a change the band is a good tool to keep you on track. I think the Malory band can be very useful if overeating is your issue, and you want to make a change. You feel the band while you are wearing it, so it helps to remind you to make better eating choices and not eat so much. It’s also a good tool if you have lost weight and want to maintain, since wearing it will prevent you from getting bigger.

Interested in trying out the Malory band for yourself? Check out their site and purchase options at Maloryband.com

Eat yourself skinny!

Don’t you wish losing weight didn’t have to be such a boring, taste-less task?!

I have always had a track record of discovering, and ditching fad diets once I got sick of the bland tasting food you had to eat just to drop a few pounds. It just did not work for me. It wasn’t until I made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle full of tasty, healthy foods that I actually enjoyed eating, that I was finally able to keep the weight off and enjoy myself while doing it. Imagine that!

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You see the thing is, dieting is not about depriving ourselves and forcing ourselves to “eat like birds”; it is about finding fabulously healthy meal solutions that will keep you satiated and on track. Because I am one of those women who is fueled by cravings, usually for bad food, I have discovered a few recipes that not only taste amazing but help to battle weight loss.

Kick Your Day Off Right

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I tend to agree with this statement but mostly because breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day, and eating a big meal just makes me happy!

While some of us may just not be hungry in the morning, it is shown that those who don’t eat breakfast cannot focus. They are also unable to work as hard as those who eat breakfast, have less strength, and usually choose less nutritious foods which ultimately lead to weight gain. The exact opposite of what we’re trying to do.

While you may not be hungry right when you wake up, why not consider going through your morning routine and save eating breakfast until the very end. This way you allow your body to wake up, start your metabolism, and get moving ultimately kick-starting your appetite.

So what foods should we be eating in the morning? The easy and quick options are usually the most tempting, however if you can manage 5-10 minutes to prep your breakfast you can eat a well balanced, protein rich meal that will keep you satisfied until lunch rolls around.

I try to eat a variation of this meal every morning so that I am never bored with what I am eating, and it helps to make my ‘dieting’ seem less like dieting.

An Eggscellent Start to Your Day:

  • Take 3 eggs, and separate the yolks from 2 of the eggs and throw in the garbage
    Preheat a non-stick pan, add a handful of spinach, and cover with a lid for about 1 minute, the spinach will cook pretty quickly.
  •  Beat the full egg and 2 egg whites together in a bowl until blended
  •  Pour the egg mixture into the pan with the spinach and scramble
  •  As that is cooking, take one half of an avocado and mash it, toss in some garlic (to taste), a tiny pinch of sea salt, and 1/4 of a tomato finely chopped
  • Mix your avocado and tomato mixture together creating a single serving of guacamole and place on the side of your plate
  • Once your eggs are finished cooking, transfer to your plate and enjoy your egg whites with homemade guacamole

This recipe is not only tasty but low in calories, high in protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. In one simple meal you will be consuming around 15 grams of protein, 155 calories, with 83% of these calories coming from healthy fats that your body needs to lower your bad cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
The best part is, this meal takes almost no time to make and is a delicious take on eating plain old egg whites. Not bad for breakfast!

A Mid-Day Metabolism Kick

For some of us, it can be hard to not feel the mid-day yawns creeping up on us. We haven’t eaten in a few hours, our body is getting tired, and we usually start daydreaming of all the yummy, bad-for-us lunch options we could indulge in.

But instead of resorting to old habits and giving into our cravings for a carb-y lunchtime meal, why not come prepared? Salads are one of the easiest, cheapest, and healthiest ways to lose weight throughout the afternoon. So instead of feeling bloated and slipping into a carb-induced food coma that just makes us feel guilty, plan ahead and pack a lunch.

A hearty salad that keeps me full throughout the rest of my day, and is extremely tasty, is a little number I like to call…

The Killer Kale Salad:

  • Thinly chop up 1/2 bunch of kale and add it to a pan on medium heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Rotate the kale until the leaves become bright green and almost cooked, approximately 5 minutes, then remove from heat
  • Open a can of black beans, drain, rinse, dry, and pour about 1/2 the can into a lunch container
  • Layer your cooked kale on top of your beans
  • Grate a full carrot and sprinkle over the kale
  • Using your pan that you cooked the Kale in, toss in a handful of walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds, all incredibly good for you and rich in healthy fats, and roast for about 2 minutes the sprinkle over your beans, kale, and carrot mixture
  • For your dressing, mix 1 large tablespoon on organic tahini paste, 1 tablespoon of umeboshi plum vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. Mix well and pack in a separate container so you can dress your salad when ready and not risk it getting soggy

This recipe is simple and quick to make, full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and protein. It will keep you full throughout the afternoon without feeling bloated or tired, helps to boost your metabolism, burn calories, and the best part, tastes amazing!

Stay Lean and Mean With More Protein

While most dieters dread dinner time, it can be one of the most creative meals to experiment with. Recently I have been trying my hand at shish kabobs. They are grilled, low in fat, high in protein and can be made with a variety of meats or fish.

Generally, when preparing a healthy dinner you want to keep portion control in mind.While experts encourage a bigger breakfast, most of them say that you should be eating smaller portions later in the day so that your body doesn’t have to work as hard to break down a lot of food over night, ultimately causing you to gain weight.

Shish kabobs can be a great solution for smaller portions as you can really keep track of how much you are eating. I try to stick to 2 kabobs with a small quinoa or bean salad on the side.

Shish Kabob Snob:

  • Cut your preferred meat, I like calamari, shrimp, chicken, or lean pork, into cubes, toss into your favourite marinade, and let sit for around 30 minutes
  • Chop up 1/2 red onion, 1/2 a bunch of broccoli, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1/2 sweet potato, and 1 zucchini
  • Take your skewer and add 2 vegetables for every piece of meat you add onto your skewer
  • When finished, either barbecue your kabobs or lay your kabobs over the sides of a medium baking sheet so that your skewers are not touching the bottom of the baking sheet and bake at 400 F

They are uber simple, easy, tasty, and lean! As stated, pair your kabobs with a bean or quinoa salad as both are high in fiber and will help to keep you full for the rest of the night, ultimately cutting down on late-night snack cravings.

And who said healthy eating had to be plain and boring? Just use your imagination, choose ingredients wisely, and eat yourself skinny!

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Jill is a writer for the popular skincare review website, BES Skincare, where she reviews products for people who are looking to buy Trilastin, buy LifeCell or various other skincare products. The biggest perk of her job: she has amazing skin!

Favorite lentil soup recipe

Lentils are a great source of fiber and are easy to cook on a low budget. A bag of lentils usually costs around $2 or less and makes a full pot which can be frozen in Tupperware to last a while. A great option if you don’t have the time to cook sides for dinner, simply thaw out the container and warm up your lentils. Besides being rich in fiber, they also provide lean protein, iron, folic acid, and vitamin E.They lower cholesterol, which keeping at a normal level helps in reducing the risk of heart attacks and problems. They can also be used to keep diabetes controlled, and are a great way to add veggies to your meal.

Here is a great recipe, which can be altered depending on your favorite vegetables and seasonings.


  • 1 bag of lentils
  • 1/2 -1 tomato
  • Basil
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 potato
  • Spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Rinse lentils and soak them for an hour. In the meantime wash and cut all the veggies you wish to add.

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2.  After the lentils are done soaking, rinse them with cool water. Place them back in your cooking pot and              add hot water covering the lentils with about an extra inch of water. Cook over medium heat in a                            covered pot.

3.  Check in them in about 20-30 minutes and add some salt and pepper. Cover them and allow them to                 continue cooking.

4.  In another 10 minutes, add all the veggies and any other spices you’d like. Add more water, if you’d like              them less watery don’t add as much water. This will make them less of a soup but just as good. Stir                   and cover. Check back on them a few times, until lentils and veggies are soft. Taste them to ensure the             seasoning is to your liking.

5. Once fully cooked serve and enjoy! To keep lentils fresh longer,  place in a few plastic containers and                 freeze.

What are your favorite veggies and ingredients when making lentils?!

How to lose weight with Kettlebell workouts

Kettlebell workouts combine cardio, strength, and flexibility training for a stronger leaner body.

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The Kettlebell is said to have originated in ancient Greece and was later on used in the Russian military as part of training. They can weight over 100lbs for a serious workout.

Though they might look intimiditaing, they come in various weight levels, and some have adjustable plates to add weight as you progress. The great thing about kettlebells is that they give you a full body workout, and emphasize in strengthening your core. There are various moves that can be done with kettlebells which target various muscle groups. One of the simplest yet very effective move is the kettlebell swing.

Kettlebell swings are a nice workout for your abs, legs, and butt. They help strengthen and shed weight. Though it seems you’re swinging the kettlebell with your arms, your core and legs are actually providing the momentum to swing the bell up and swiftly bring it down. This move alone can bring great results, when done correctly provided you have a nutritious diet and water intake. It’s done in three simple steps:

1. Start standing straight with legs apart a bit over shoulder distance. Holding the kettlebell with both hands in front of you just below your waist.

2. Do a soft swing to get the momentum going, and squat down holding the kettlebell in front of you between your legs. Be sure to keep a straight back and your chin up. As you raise up from the squat use your core and legs to swing the kettlebell up at shoulder level. Arms should be straight.

3. Drop back into a squat, and as you go down lower the kettlebell back down in front of you, keeping your arms straight. Repeat the move.

Check out this great tutorial for a visual description!

I love kettlebell workouts because they’re perfect for adding lean muscle mass. You can feel the workout, especially if you use a heavier weight, and it’s a fun way to get your day going. I recently started Jillian Michaels Shred it with Weights routine, and I have noticed a stronger core and back, with some nice definition adding to my arms. Definitely has become one of my favorite workouts. You’d be surprised at the results one little kettlebell can deliver. In my opinion, it beats the time and money spent at a fully equipped gym.


Have you used a kettlebell before? What’s your opinion on these type of workouts?!

Top flat belly foods

Let’s face it starving yourself to stay thin doesn’t work and doing a hundred crunches one night won’t give you six pack abs. So what’s a girl to do??? Start by doing a little grocery shopping! Below is a list of foods you SHOULD eat to help fight against a flabby tummy.

  • blueberries
  • tart cherries
  • flax seed
  • avocados
  • oatmeal
  • olive oil
  • apples
  • almonds
  • spinach
  • yogurt
  • black beans
  • dark chocolate

These are a few belly fighting foods, which are rich in good fats and help you reduce cholesterol which might help protect you from cancer and heart disease. These foods reduce the glycemic load found in most foods which will help you stay full longer and give you more appetite control. They are loaded with fiber and other ingredients which make your metabolism work harder to burn calories.

They don’t have many calories to begin with, but in turn make it easier for you to burn calories. Keep them around to snack on or mix them together to create your own healthy snack mix. Eating them daily, in moderation, along with exercise will help you attain that flat belly you’ve been wanting!