8/8/14

Rey Swimwear Giveaway!


Alright folks, I have found a new favorite swimsuit company: Rey Swimwear.  I remember watching a viral video on Facebook, about the evolution of the women's swimsuit.  It really caught my attention and had so many great points about modesty.  So, when I had the opportunity to feature a swimsuit designed by Jessica herself, I certainly couldn't pass it up!

 
Rey Swimwear has so many cute, modest swimsuits to choose from...and one lucky reader will win one of their own!  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through August 15th.  Make sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!


a Rafflecopter giveaway (Swimsuit was provided for review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.)

8/6/14

Exploring Utah: Fifth Water Hot Springs


If you were to ask me which hike has been my favorite this Summer, the answer would be easy: Fifth Water Hot Springs.  The scenery along the way was beautiful, but the best part was the warm pools of water waiting at the end of the trail.  We were able to take some time to relax in the hot springs, surrounded by nothing but mountains and trees...it was absolutely perfect.

P.S. My cute swimsuit was sent to me by Rey Swimwear and I'm so in love with it! Make sure to come back and visit my blog on Friday, because I will be giving one away to one of you lovely readers!

8/1/14

The Weight is Over.


I've never been a very healthy person.  It's not something that I'm proud of, but it's just the truth.  Burgers, pizza, and other greasy American food have always been my favorite.  Then there are my other weaknesses: cake, ice cream, chocolate, cinnamon rolls and other yummy pastries!  I've also never been a huge fan of exercise.  Obviously, my love of food and being anti-exercise was a horrible combination.  It just wasn't a healthy lifestyle...at all.  I've tried diets in the past, but I've never had the willpower to stick with them for very long.  Even if I did lose weight, as soon as I started eating normal again I would just gain the pounds back.  The main problem was that nothing ever helped me to actually change my bad eating habits. 

Then I discovered WiO (Weight Is Over).  Their program is actually designed to reset your pancreas, liver and digestive system, which in turn helps the body to shed unwanted fat.  It also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as normalize blood sugar levels.  These were the things that really pulled me into the program, because the goal is to actually change the way your body works, instead of just putting a band-aid on the problem.  The other big selling point is the opportunity to meet with a health coach every week at their office in West Jordan, Utah (My coach Anders is awesome and incredibly motivating!).  I hop on their special scale, which measures not just my weight, but also my body fat percentage, hydration levels, and muscle mass.  These are important things that a normal scale can't tell you and it really gives you a true assessment of your progress, which I love!!

The WiO lobby and friendly staff.
The InBody 570 scale: measures body fat, muscle mass, water levels and more.

You are probably wondering what I eat on this program, right?  At first, the main component of the diet is WiO's nutritional meal-replacement shakes.  The shakes are packed with protein, fiber and whole food vitamins and minerals.  They are 100% all natural, non-GMO, gluten free and don't contain any preservatives! I eat a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch (along with some veggies), a healthy dinner (such as chicken and vegetables), and a shake in the evening after I work out. 

WiO has so many flavorings that you can put in the shakes, so you don't get bored...my favorite is the Mint Chocolate!
I'm not going to lie...those first few days were HARD.  It's not because I was starving.  I was actually always full, but I was still getting cravings for all those fatty, greasy foods that I love.  However, after a few days those cravings started to dwindle away and I found myself really wanting to eat healthier.  I'm not saying there aren't days when I want to chow down on a big piece of chocolate cake, but those feelings are much less frequent than they were before.  I've discovered that I DO have willpower, which was something I never thought I had when it came to eating.  


Throughout the program you are introduced to new, delicious WiO SmartFoods.  I'm in love with the pepperoni pizza...I was incredibly surprised at how much it tastes like regular pizza (but it's only 159 calories and 3g net carbs)! You can also have snacks inbetween meals, such as string cheese, or one of WiO's special SmartMuffins (which contain less than 2g of net carbs!).

So, what results have I seen?  I've been on the program for 4 weeks now and I've lost a total of 12 pounds...the majority of that being body fat!  I've gained a little muscle and lowered my visceral fat levels (fat that wraps around your organs and can cause major health problems).  I have more energy and I just feel so much better overall.  The weekly check-ups keep me motivated to do my best and I've been really good about working out lately!


If you have any questions about WiO, feel free to ask here or e-mail me.  Also, if you are interested in trying out the program, you can use code jenny10 for 10% off any WiO Diet products!  I'm excited to keep making progress toward living a healthy lifestyle and I encourage you all to make healthy living a priority in your lives...it's definitely worth it! 

(Product was provided for review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own.)