I am the Cookie Monster…

I have been completely and utterly M.I.A! It’s been over a month since I’ve contributed a blog post. Poor lonely blog…

I DO have some good news though! I am officially an Ambassador with the amazing Lenny & Larry’s! The first of May marked the beginning of the Ambassador program, and I’m very impressed with the professionalism of the managing team as well as the benefits of working with a company I already love and respect.

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I have tried nearly every flavor protein cookie now, except Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate. I have so many recipe ideas swirling through my head right now, ranging from ice cream sandwiches to mini cheesecakes, so stay tuned for recipes and photos. Next week I have an order of Snicker Doodle, Pumpkin, White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut, and Chocolate Chip coming in the mail. I can hardly contain my excitement!

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In addition to protein cookies, Lenny & Larry’s also makes Muscle Muffins, Muscle Brownies, and Fit Brownies. I haven’t tried these options yet, but I will soon, and I’ll write a detailed review. I hope they live up to my expectations, because their protein cookies are too good, in fact they are better than a traditional cookie.

Not only do I get the benefit of increasing my protein intake, healthy ingredients excluding dairy and added sugars, I also get amazing flavor and I stay full, with ZERO guilt! Not to mention, they are so quick, easy, and on the go, I can just throw one in my backpack for school, take one for breakfast at work at 6:00am, bring them to any triathlon for my husband, or take them on a hike or camping.

I will also be posting more workout videos soon. School, work, and leisure time has been hectic and I’ve fallen out of routine after a few life changes, but I’m committing to more posts, so stay tuned!

Everyone have an awesome weekend 🙂

~Jess

Tabata Pro Timer

Happy Sunday morning!

I wanted to share a recent app discovery with all my fit friends, family, and followers to start your week off right with some fresh fitness tools.

Has everyone heard of Tabata?

Tabata is a 4 minute fat-burning high intensity interval training circuit, a great way to incorporate cardio into your daily workout routine. I’ve been looking for a great Tabata timer, and I finally found one! This weekend I downloaded the Tabata Pro Timer and I’m in love with it!

It took me a second to figure out how to use it, but after fiddling with it for a few minutes, I figured it out!

You can choose your preparation time, work time to perform reps, and rest time in between cycles.

The typical Tabata workouts I perform follow the structure below:

Round #1 (Repeat 4 times)
-Switch Jump Lunges
-Jump Squats

Round #2 (Repeat 4 times)
-Burpees
-Curtsey Lunge to Jump Squat

Round #3 (Repeat 4 times)
-KB Swings
-KB Reverse Lunge Pass Under

You would input the following information in the Tabata Pro timer:

Tabata #1 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #2 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #3 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

I typically don’t choose a preparation time, so I automatically change it to 00:00.

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $2.99

Pros: Easy to use, excellent tool to keep your Tabata workouts accurate! Great flashing features and alarm features! Easy, fun, effective way to get your cardio in.

Cons: No cons here, just a great app that every fitness guru who wants a great workout should have.

~Jess

Lenny & Larry’s NEW Snickerdoodle!

If you guys have been reading my blog for a while now, you might recall my Pretty Fit November review. I made the most amazing discovery that month! I became totally addicted and fell in love with Lenny & Larry’s Complete Protein Cookies. I will proudly admit I have bought about 4 boxes since then, and I can’t wait to try the rest of their flavors. So far my favorite has been the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie, but I just found out yesterday they have created a NEW cookie! SNICKERDOODLE! Hell yes.

Vitamin Shoppe just so happens to have a 20% off coupon that expires tonight at midnight, so stock up on your favorite supplements and goodies using the code: MAR20OFF. Make sure you pick up some Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies, you know I already did 🙂

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Enjoy your treats! XOXO….

~Jess

Daily Burn Challenge

I’ve decided to take on a personal challenge for myself. My fitness goals have been up in the air lately, I’ve kept them pretty vague until I had the recent idea to try out Daily Burn on Hulu. I have been completely against the idea of Daily Burn, for the bold statement on their ad, “Why spend ‘X’ amount of dollars on a trainer when you could spend less with Daily Burn than you would for a few hours with a trainer?!”

1) My husband is trainer, and a damn good one at that! Not everyone can benefit from the same type of training.

2) A 1:1 trainer provides you with so much more! Accountability, expertise customized to your physical needs, body, injuries etc., and of course someone who will physically push you and won’t let you hit ‘pause’.

3) A trainer will see your progress and keep you challenged based on your level. ‘Easy’, ‘Intermediate’, and ‘Advanced’ are NOT the only levels of fitness, there are so many more because everybody is completely different.

However, I believe the concept of Daily Burn is great for those who have the fundamental structure of training, have busy schedules and prefer working out at home vs. the gym, and are really just looking for variety and new material instead of having to create a workout themselves every day. I know that’s why I’m looking forward to this month challenge!

So I signed up for a 30 day free trail to see how I like it.

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I just recently received a new 25lb kettle bell for Christmas but only know a few exercises. Daily Burn has a kettle bell program that looked interesting, so I’m enrolled in a 3 month program with workouts ranging from 15-50 minutes with active recovery days, meal plans, and even recipes. I feel like I have a decent handle on my diet, I’m not looking to lose major weight so I won’t be using the nutrition suggestions as often. However, the nutrition section can be extremely helpful to those who need a little extra help in that area.

Not only do I have access to the DBK program, I have access to the entire library of programs. These programs range from Hip-Hop Dance, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, Bootcamps, etc. I also really enjoy the filter feature to find specific workouts. You can use the filter to find a workout based on how long you would like to workout, fitness level – Easy, Intermediate, Advanced, by a specific trainer you might enjoy, and by equipment available. I’m mostly excited about the equipment and time length filters! As much as I LOVE Zuzka Light, her website isn’t as organized as Daily Burn. My equipment is limited due to the size of my house. I only really have my body, yoga mat, 25lb KB, and resistance bands.

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My goal is to complete 30 days of the DBK challenge and see if I would like to pay $12.95 a month for all the workouts! The only way I would do that is if I cancel my gym membership. I have a very heavy decision to make in 30 days. Ever since my work schedule changed to 6:30am to 3:00pm I’ve been less inclined to visit the gym for the following reasons:

1) The gym gets crowded at 3:30pm 

2) Even if I have a workout planned (which takes time and energy) the likelihood of the equipment I need being available is slim

3) People want to talk, fuck head phones basically

4) Guys shamelessly look at your ass, doesn’t matter how hard you mean mug

5) Weights are never racked, what else is new?

6) Locker rooms are disgusting

7) It’s so freakin’ time consuming commuting to and fro the gym

I have also decided to reward myself at the end of those 30 days!

I’ve had my eye on a pair of Freddy Jeans that I can’t bring myself to frivolously buy. So I’ll use those sexy ass jeans as a reward for sticking with the training plan!

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Wish me luck! I will still be doing my Zuzka Light workouts on top of Daily Burn for an extra challenge. I will keep you posted with my feedback!

~Jess

My Top 10 Fall and Winter Must Haves!

1) Almond Roca – Above any holiday dessert dish, Almond Roca is my strongest vice throughout the Holiday season. This delicious toffee almond candy has me weak at the knees every year. I told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy the Costco sized tin when we go grocery shopping. This is the perfect Holiday candy, great for stocking stuffers, work parties, family get-togethers, or a movie night in front of the fire…. in moderation.

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2) Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa – Who doesn’t love Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa?! I typically don’t drink this throughout the year, but this hot cocoa hits the spot during the cold weather Holiday season. I especially love taking a thermos of hot cocoa with the family while we go look at Christmas lights throughout the neighborhood. My favorite way to have it is in a jumbo mug with plenty of mini marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles!

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3) Lululemon Running Gloves – Cold season is upon us, so it’s time to bundle up! Not only are these gloves super cute and fashionable, they are meant as running gloves. I sadly lost my Lululemon gloves a few years ago, I didn’t start running until last year so I never had a chance to use them for their purpose. They also have finger sensors so you can still use your phone for running apps or music. I will definitely be purchasing another pair for outdoor running this year.

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4) Bose Head Phones – BEST … HEADPHONES … EVER. Once you begin using Bose Head Phones, you’ll never be able to go back to those crappy ipod/iphone head phones. Sorry Apple, I love you but Bose has you beat! Partnership perhaps? I love my head phones for outdoor running, the design of the earpiece keeps the bud firmly in place.

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5) 25lb Kettle Bell – It’s been my dream for months now to own a 25lb KettleBell (GoFit)! I have been working out at home more often since I’ve been in school. Some times I don’t feel like fighting people at the gym for equipment after work during rush hour. Plus it can be so time consuming to take the bus from work to the gym. I believe it’s time for me to get that 25lb KettleBell so I can add some weight resistance to my home workouts.

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6) Naked 2 Palette – I know the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is old news since the Naked 3 Palette released, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the BEST Naked palette! I bought mine off eBay for a pretty good deal. The taupe hues are complimentary for any skin type and a great look for fall. The palette includes golds, silvers, nudes, and additional warm colors perfect for the season.

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7) Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner – It’s no secret that everyone turns a little pasty in the Winter when they lose their Summer sun kissed glow. However there is a solution that doesn’t require UV tanning or awful odor and color. Tarte Braziliance Self Tanner is a great self tanner that leaves your skin with a warm glow, NO orange, and very faint smell. Every product claims, “No odor!” and but that’s a lie. This self tanner has the least odor I’ve experienced.

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8) Halogen Leopard Print Scarf – It’s scarf season! I’ve been opened to a whole new world of scarves. Isn’t it sad that I just learned what an Infinity Scarf is last year?! One of my favorite prints is leopard print. I traded a Fabletics sports bra for a leopard print scarf on mysubscriptionaddiction.com a month ago and I’m in LOVE! I couldn’t find the exact same scarf, but I found one by Halogen from Nordstrom that is pretty adorable too.

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9) Free People Floral Mesh Fit & Flare Dress – The brand Free People is boho chic which really compliments Fall using natural earth tones. I typically go for the beige, brown, and gold sweaters and tops, but I fell in love with this dress and was lucky enough to score it at Platos Closet for $20 instead of $128! Some people don’t like Free People because it’s over priced, but if you take the time to bargain shop I promise you’ll find great deals. Pair this cute dress with leggings, tights, knee high socks, boots, and scarves!

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10) Pandora Radio Christmas Station – What’s a Holiday Season without Christmas music?! I just upgraded to Pandora One for ad free listening, so I won’t be interrupted with Black Friday or Christmas deals allllll Holiday season. That is definitely worth the $4.99 a month. Frank Sinatra all day and night, sign me up!

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What’s your Top 10 Must Have’s this Fall and Winter?

~Jess

November Pretty Fit Pack!

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I signed up in time for the November Protein Pack! These are all the goodies I’ll be getting in the middle of the month:

1) NLA Her Whey RV $54.99 – 28 grams of protein in each serving! 18 servings in this 2lb tub. Delicious chocolate flavor with zero sugar and packed with aminos!

2) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked 12 oz. RV 11.99 – What bodybuilder doesn’t love pancakes?! I can’t wait to try these for Fall! Perfect timing 🙂

3) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals 9.5 oz. RV $7.99 – If this tastes anything like Apple Jacks, count me in! Gluten free, kosher, zero sugars and additives with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

4) High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition 2 Packets RV $5.99 – Each packet contains 20 grams of protein with the caffeine equivalent of 2 shots of espresso. Mmmm!

5) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s 2 Cookies RV $5.98 – Vegan, zero animal by product, zero dairy, no preservatives with 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of protein per cookie!

6) Apple Pie Protein Bar by Quest Nutrition 1 Bar RV $2.79 – 160 calories of 20 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. Delicious Apple Pie without the guilt 🙂

~Jess

#ModaVox Box from Influenster

My ModaVoxBox from Influenster arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon! I was getting worried it was lost in the mailing system, but alas, it was not!

I was really excited for this box since it was curated with beauty fanatics in mind. “Moda” means “fashion” or “fashionable.” Lately I’ve been OBSESSED with beauty products and experimenting with make up. I had no idea what would be in this box until I opened it.

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The box was really heavy when I brought it into the house, so I opened it immediately! I wanted to see what goodies I got before I left the house for Halloween. I was doing my make up as a vampire for this Halloween so I was hoping there might be something in there I could use for my costume.

I opened the box and I received the following:

1) Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves MascaraRV $5.99

2) Rimmel London Moisture Renew LipstickRV $7.49

3) Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip LinerRV $6.49

4) Puffs SoftPackRV $2.49

5) Hair Food Moisture Hair MaskRV $14.99

6) Swiss Miss Simply CocoaRV $2.29

7) Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin MoisturizerRV $6.99

8) Resource Sprintg WaterRV $1.49

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I thought it was an interesting hodgepodge mix. I guess I was expecting something more like a beauty subscription box. The Resource Spring Water, Puffs, and Simply Swiss Miss threw me off a little bit. Turns out the Resource was VERY handy the next day (Saturday) in aiding the cure of my massive hangover! This water was packed with electrolytes which ultimately saved me! My husband Derek didn’t have any so he was much worse off than I. Definitely useful! I ended up very happy to have it!

Derek has a cold and/or allergies right now so I’m sure the Puffs will be gone by the end of the week. He said they feel just like Kleenex, but he wouldn’t spend extra money on them. We’re both pretty stickler when it comes to spending extra money on paper products we don’t necessarily need. We don’t even own paper towels or napkins! He’ll usually through a roll of toilet paper just on his nose in a week. It’s really nice to have Kleenex for him though, he’ll use the entire pack!

I haven’t tried the Swiss Miss yet, but I’ve been dying to all weekend. I will probably drink it tonight after dinner, it sounds really delicious! Perhaps I’ll pick up mini marshmallows and whip cream at Costco today, make it a decadent treat tonight!

I really liked the Rimmel London products I received! I would never think to buy them in the store. I typically don’t wear lipstick, but if I do it’s usually a neutral color. I received a bright pink color! It’s really fun but not practical for me. The mascara was really nice to receive too, although I didn’t really enjoy how ‘curvy’ the wand was. I wasn’t sure how to use it, and I didn’t really see a difference it might have made. The lip liner was cool! I don’t typically use lip liner, so I really enjoyed that this was a translucent/clear lip liner. I really hate the look of bold lip liners, so this was a great pick!

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I’m the most excited to try out the Hair Food Mask I received! Retail Value of $14.99! It’s sitting in my shower waiting for me to use it today. It smells phenomenal and is made of honey and apricot oil. This product will be great for rehydrating your hair during the Winter, I don’t think this could have been chosen as a VoxBox item at a better time! This is also a NEW brand altogether, I feel privileged to be one of the first to try it complimentary. You can find this item on the shelves at Target.

Lastly, the mini travel and purse size Jergens for dry skin. I have never really been a fan of Jergens, I prefer the Organix brand for lotion. However, this is a great item for Winter and for keeping in your purse. I will be bringing this to my work place to keep at the desk. We’ll see what my co-workers have to say and see how miraculously moisturized my hands stay this Winter!

Altogether my ModaVoxBox had approximately $50 worth of products, so I’m a very happy and thankful girl! Thank you so much Influenster for another great VoxBox! I appreciate the continuous review opportunities and hope you continue choosing me for future VoxBoxes!

~Jess

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes