Operation Skinny Jeans: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

36 in 365, an update!

I realized, now that we are going into February, that I might have accomplished a few of my 36 in 365 goals!

If you remember, on New Years day I was feeling goal-y and I wrote up 36 extremely ambitious goals for this year! I am a little nervous, BUT I am hopeful that I will kick those goals in the butt!

So, to recap, I completed 3 :)

12. Wake up early to work out, just once. 
Well friends, something I once yearned for not that long ago has become a reality. And instead of "just once" I wake up at 4:45am 5 days a week to work out :) To be honest, it is not as hard as I thought it would be. I like getting it out of the way, and I feel great and make better choices all day :)

13. Take a yoga class.
So as part of my Commit to Fit program, I take a yoga class once a week, every Sunday. BUT because I liked it so much, I am going Thursday nights too.

30. Buy a pair of Skinny Jeans.
I did! I bit the bullet and got my first pair and I love them! I love them so much I blogged about it here :)

So there you have it! Three goals down, 33 more to go! I am right on track to complete 36 this year! In a quick update to Tuesday's post, I decided to leave Weight Watchers. I feel really empowered and great about the opportunities ahead and I am really excited to kick ass!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Where To Find Streaming Workout Videos

I know that a lot of the time, we let our own insecurities stand in the way of our own success. We're too embarrassed/scared/nervous/etc. to go to the gym, or join that Zumba class, because we're afraid we'll be judged. I totally understand that feeling, having been there several times myself. Thankfully, if you need a little push to help you feel more comfortable with yourself and your body before working out in public, you can find workout videos that you can do in your own home!

Netflix
If you follow my personal blog, you probably know by now that I'm obsessed with Netflix, and I know I'm not alone. Unfortunately, due to licensing fees or whatever, Netflix doesn't really have workout videos anymore. There are, however, a couple oh hidden gems you can take advantage of.
  • Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers -- these yoga workouts are aimed at teens, but I think they're great for beginners of any age! I do at least one different episode a week (the first is my favorite, so sometimes I repeat it), and I love it. Some of it just feels really nice (the butterfly pose is my personal fave!), and some of it definitely takes some work (the boat pose is HARD, and I haven't been able to master it yet). Every episode ends with some meditative time, and I always feel great inside and out when I'm done.
  • Kidz Bop Dance Moves -- I know, I know -- Kidz Bop? Really? And yes, it sounds ridiculous, but it's really a fun cardio workout!
Hulu Plus
Hulu Plus has a much larger fitness selection than Netflix does.  We don't currently have Hulu Plus, but I did a few of the workouts when we had a 1-week trial a few weeks ago. There are a lot of different options, from aerobics to yoga, dancing to pilates. It's a great option!

Youtube
While most of them are probably not done by professionals, Youtube has several workout videos to choose from. What might actually be really helpful about these videos though is that since they're done by all sorts of different people from all different levels of fitness, you can probably find something that works well for your fitness level, instead of having to adapt exercises that are above or below your level.

Workoutz.com
Workoutz.com has plenty of free videos available, and they're separated by target area. Feel like doing your abs? No problem. Maybe it's a leg day. No problem. It also has a personalized workout program generator, though I haven't used it.

PhysicalFitnet
PhysicalFitnet also offers several different videos done by professional trainers. You can search by target area, and with over 800 videos to choose from, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for!

Pilates on Fifth
Though there is an actual Pilates on Fifth studio (started by former Rockettes, no less!), they offer streaming videos online as well! You do have to become a member to access them, but basic membership (access to eight videos) is totally free (if you like it, and want more, there are higher tiers of membership available).

Where is your favorite place to find workout videos online?
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I need your help

I am torn. I have to admit I have been thinking about this for at least a few weeks and it has come time where I feel like I need to make a decision. Thats where you come in. After talking myself to death, weighing pros and cons, bugging the crap out of my husband, I need you guys. Please help me.

I am thinking about quitting Weight Watchers…. again.

I know, I know!  I promise I will explain. A little about me.

I have started Weight Watchers every September for the past 4 years, without fail. In 2009 I started in order to fit into my dream wedding dress. It was the old plan and come Girl Scout cookie time (February 2010) I quit.

I started again September 2010. It was coming down to the wire to get in better shape before my wedding (then scheduled for 5/13/11) and I was serious. Life had a funny way of ruining my plans, and after some seriously unexpected and sad news while at the gym early one February morning, I quit again.

I started again September 2011 after my 24th birthday and some insanely unflattering pictures with my two best friends. In March we decided to uproot our lives and move unexpectedly, resulting in quitting again…

I started in September 2012 when I decided I was 25 and still where I started in 2009 and I was over it. I also felt the Tick Tick Tick of my bio clock and I knew my body was not in the right kind of shape to house a baby. And guess what, It's three days before February and here I am again.

ALL that being said, my reasons are VERY different. But I can't help but feel like history is repeating itself. And every time I quit, the weight loss stops. I don't really gain much (5 ish lbs) But I also stop losing, surprise surprise.

Ok so what makes this year different. Well, I have another plan. All of those other times I have quit because of life. I let life's inconveniences get in the way, and I stopped trying. I created this ideal that weight loss was mutually exclusive to me being on Weight Watchers. That I couldn't possibly succeed unless I was on the plan. I no longer think that is true.

Lets start with what I get out of Weight Watchers.

  • I like the idea of points. I think they point me in the right direction (pun unintended) and I make better choices. 
  • I love meetings. I love connecting with other people, sharing and gaining ideas. I love clapping when people decide fruit over cupcakes, and I really think that kind of support is helpful. 
  • I love the iphone app. I know that I need to track my food to succeed. Awareness is key for me. I like that its easy. 
  • I love weighing in, getting a sticker, and connecting with my leader. 
And here is what I don't like…
  • Points aren't calories. The world doesn't run on points. It seems silly to pay to count things a certain way when I could count them for free, the same way the rest of the world does. 
  • I have a blog, and our facebook page is super active, so I feel like I don't need 30 strangers in a room to support me when I have 200 strangers on the internet doing the same thing. 
  • There is an app (in fact multiple) to count calories. Technology is advancing at the same level both places. 
  • I HATE with capital letters my weigh in time. I weigh in on Mondays at NOON. I have eaten breakfast and probably a snack by then, not to mention I am fully clothed in work clothes. I would feel much more comfortable weighing in naked in the morning. 
  • I don't like how things that are healthy are more points than things that aren't. One Avocado is 9 points. Thats INSANE. Similarly, Peanut butter and nuts are a ton of points too. 
Then there is the Active link. I really do like it. I like that I can monitor my activity and I wholeheartedly believe that awareness is key. However I think the Active link is a bit primitive for what I need now. When I got it, I was really inactive. Walking was an achievement. But I have now jumped into exercise with both feet, and it doesn't meet my needs anymore. It is a points pedometer. It counts way more points for walking then anything else, including squats and weight lifting. I don't like this. I feel like it is not very accurate. 

There are lots of cool little things that do the same thing. Fit Bits, Nike Fuel Band, Body Buggs, etc. A lot of which are far more accurate than the Active link. 

Then there is the cost! The monthly fee I pay is $47.95. The monthly pass is $42.95 and I pay an additional $5 for the active link. With this money, I could get a gym membership, something I think will do more for my heath and wellness than Weight Watchers. 

So what makes this time different? I have a plan. I am doing the Commit to Fit which is teaching me how to work out and how to improve my body that way, as well as how to eat to fuel my body. I will be doing this until at least April so I am covered there. I have made some actual changes in the way I view food and exercise and I am mentally ready to change my life. But I can't help but worry that this coming September I will regret quitting once again and I will be right where I left off.

So, here is where I need your help. Do you think I can do it? Does it sound like I am ready to fly the Weight Watchers coop? I know you don't know me or my life, but I blog from the heart so I was hoping you could help. To be honest, just putting it all out there has helped me. 

So what do you think I should do? Keep going with Weight Watchers, or trade it in for a gym membership and a better activity monitor (like a Body Bugg)? Any thoughts? 

PS: I did weigh in yesterday and I lost 2.8! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Running/Athletic Shoes I'm Lusting Over

Jess already posted some great tips for picking the right shoe, but I thought I'd share some of my favorites right now.

Saucony Kinvara 3
Adidas adiZero Adios 2
Brooks PureCadence
  Nike LunarGlide + 4


I really love brightly colored shoes, in case you hadn't noticed ;)


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Success Story- Brittany

It's that time again! We are so inspired by the success of the people around us! Up today is one of our favorite readers and Facebook followers Brittany! I will let her tell you her story :)

Brittany, Winter 2011

I haven’t always struggled with my weight. When I met my husband in high school, my Sophomore year, I topped the scales at about 115 pounds. I gained some weight throughout high school and after but it wasn’t until after I was married and started having kids that I started to pack on the weight. My first child (who was born Oct 2008) was a big boy at almost 9 lbs. and then I suffered from post partum depression for 2 years after having him (which did not help my weight whatsoever) and after having my second child in July 2010 I weighed about 197 pounds. However my weight slowly climbed over 2010-2011 and in December 2011, I weighed in at 220 lbs. At my heaviest I was a size 20/22 in pants and a 2x in shirts. I knew I had weight on me and I had tried a little to change it but I just told myself I was fine the way I was and that it didn’t bother me. 
The family photo that inspired her.
In February of 2012 we had family pictures taken and it was then when I saw myself in those pictures that I quit lying to myself and faced the fact that I was really overweight. I knew I had to do something about it but what!? I decided to start making healthier food choices, which wasn’t easy because I struggled in my relationship with food. I ate whatever I wanted, I ate when I was bored, and I ate when I was sad etc. Then in the beginning of March, after trying to eat better, I decided to buy a scale and when I stepped on it I was shocked to see that I had lost 8 lbs! That was all the motivation I needed. I started making a serious effort to change my relationship with food by eating healthier, portion control, and learning when to eat and when I didn’t need to eat (I’m still learning this). I also started going to Zumba and the pounds seemed to fly off. 

Over time I slowly started to feel good about myself again and it was an amazing feeling. Although my weight came off fairly quickly over the last 10 months I still struggled with food choices, plateaus, motivation to exercise etc. but I found out that perseverance and faith in yourself is the key. I’ve realized that I’m not just losing weight I’m trying to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. Today, I weight in at 166.6 lbs, more than 50 lbs less than last Christmas and I am a size 14 in pants and a size large/xtra-large in shirts! I have 6 more lbs. to go until I reach my first goal of 160 lbs. however I am feeling pretty damn good about myself. I’ve even decided to go back to school and am currently getting my certification to become a personal trainer and when I graduate I hope to go back to school to become a dietician. I certainly never thought I’d be where I am today... It is an definitely an AWESOME feeling to put on a pair of jeans and feel sexy again.

Brittany Winter 2012
Thanks Alex and Jess for giving me the opportunity to share my story. I think you two are such an inspiration with your blog and I wish you two the best of luck in your journey. Just remember you can and you will and remember to just have faith in yourself and know that you are capable of doing great things... You will ROCK a pair of skinny jeans! Today I weigh more than 50 lbs less than last Christmas! Just keep going! 

What has been the hardest part of your journey so far?

I have 2 things... staying motivated when you don't see results. It's hard to stay that way when you see yourself being a certain way but weel it won;t happen and… eating healthy. It's hard to not let my emotions control what I eat and it's hard to make myself want foods I normally didnt eat.

What is your favorite "side effect" of weight loss?

Having more energy! I can now run a mile where walking one winded me! This especially helps with two small kids!

Any helpful tips for us?

Don't diet! Deprivation is setting yourself up for failure. Eat what you want just try to follow the rule 80/20. 80% of the time make smart, healthy food choices and 20% of the time allow yourself a treat. a couple onion rings, a piece of cake. just remember moderation so 1 cookie instead of 2.
And remember to not beat yourself up. It takes times, patience, and perseverance. It will NOT happen overnight.


Thanks for sharing Brittany! We are super inspired by your progress! You look AWESOME! Those are very helpful hints! 

Remember, if you are a success story and want to inspire us, email us (click the little envelope up at the top) and tell us your story! Your success keeps us going! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

T_ Things Thursday- Gym Equipment

I am linking this post up with the Operation Skinny Jeans and Hear Me Roar's Thursday link party! The rules are you list things that you love or are lusting after or whatever but the number you list, has to start with the letter "T"! I am listing three!

Three pieces of gym equipment I LOVE!

1. The Elliptical. I hate to say it, but I love the low impactness of it and man oh man does it make my ass and legs BURN!


2. Free Weights. These babies are so versatile and you can really do some damage with them (in a good way of course)



3. You! Well not you, but me! Body weight exercises are great and you don't even need a gym to do them!


There you have it! Now go write a post and link up with us!!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

T_____ Things Thursday: A Link Party

Welcome to T_____ Things Thursday!


Now, I know you're probably asking yourself, "What the heck is a T_____ Thing?". It's a valid question. But fear not, fair reader, for I am here to give you the 411.

Here's how it happened:

Our friend Katie (aka thecarbmonster) was in the middle of a light (but restful) slumber when suddenly, Ryan Gosling appeared.




And Katie said "Of course, Ryan Gosling! And why not share it with the world? Why, I should make a link party! But wait, I should ask Alex and Jess to co-host! Ryan Gosling, you so brilliant and beautiful."

At least, that's how it went in my head. Either way, Katie had this idea, and asked us to help co-host, and of course we were like "heck yes!".

Basically, you make a list of anything you want. You can put as many things on the list as you want, as long as you use a number that starts with "t". So you could use two, three, ten...heck, even 3, 756 if you feel so inclined.

So post. Link up. As Ryan said, it's easy as pie :)


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Clean Up Your Kitchen -- A New Series

I decided I'd like to start a series of tips to make the transition to clean(er) eating easier. Today, I'd like to talk about smarter snacking.

Now obviously, the easiest way to not eat junk food is to just not have it in the house, but I know that's not always practical. You may not want to throw out the food you have for financial or moral reasons, or may want to make the change slowly without going cold turkey (which is usuallly way easier), so I'm not going to be like "Hey dummy, throw out the Devil Dogs."

Something that is practical, however, is to surround yourself with healthier snack choices.  Most of us are inclined to reach for convenience foods, so the key is to make healthier foods just as convenient to eat as chips or candy.

  • My number one suggestion is to do your grocery shopping on a free day (not everyone's favorite way to spend free time, but it makes for a lot less hassle), then do prep work when you get home. I know I'm way more likely to reach for, say, broccoli, if it's already chopped into little florets and I don't have to do it right then, when all I really want to do is EAT. Getting your produce ready to eat when you bring it home makes things way easier on you. So go ahead and chop up your broccoli, de-stem your grapes, slice up your bell peppers -- whatever will make it easier for you to choose those foods over bad-for-you snacks (with some foods, like the aforementioned peppers, make sure you eat them within a few days so they don't go bad!). I highly recommend storing your chopped produce in glass storage containers (no icky chemicals like in plastic!)
  • Pre-portion out prepared snacks. Measure out single servings of your favorite snacks and put them in baggies/containers so you can just grab and go. This is good for portion control for any food. Some healthier snack ideas that can be used in this manner are homemade trail mix, banana chips, nuts, seeds (you know, like sunflower or pumpkin), dark chocolate bits (I guess I've got trail mix on the brain, lol), popcorn, healthier chips/chip-esque snacks (like Pop Chips or Pirate's Booty), or granola.
  • Make cleaner, healthier, homemade versions of your favorites. There are SO many recipes on the internet (and I'll be posting a few as well!) for healthier versions of things we eat every day (Cheez-Its, gummies, and so much more!).
It's just a small step, but a lot of baby steps make a giant leap :)

What is your favorite tip for healthier snacking?
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Skinny Jeans!

On Saturday I went shopping. I wanted to get a cute new outfit because my clothes were starting to feel big, and we are taking new "Before" Pictures and I wanted to look cute!

I went to one of my favorite stores, Maurices, which is a trendy boutique that carries 75% "normal" sized clothes, and 25% plus sized. They are super trendy and cute, and I love the way they fit. It is definitely one of my goals to buy something in the 75% section :)

For my birthday in September, I went and tried on some skinny jeans. I wanted to look super cute, and I think skinny jeans are super cute. I wore a size 24 there (a little tight, but not ridicules) but the skinny jeans really didn't fit. I couldn't even button a 24. Sad day. I ended up wearing a pair of jeans that I sewed down the sides to make into skinny jeans.


I haven't been back in the store since then, and so when I picked up a pair of skinny jeans, I grabbed the 24's and prayed they would button. And they did. They were even lose. I came out of the dressing room and the sales girl (bless her heart) said "Those are too big, here, try these" and handed me a size 20. I laughed. Like out loud. I shuffled back into the dressing room, and pulled then up and gosh darnit they zipped AND buttoned and didn't create a horrible muffin top (like the ones above….) 

I might have screamed. Not like a Home Alone scream, but a "ah!" I jumped out of the dressing room and said "Look Look! They fit!" I was ecstatic. 

Anyhoo I bought them, obviously, and a really cute top in a size smaller than all the others I have bought there. Here you go! (Enter gratuitous skinny jean photo shoot) 




Silly face! The sun was SO BRIGHT!
I love them :)

On a side note, weigh in yesterday. I gained 1.8, which is about half what I lost last week. This is my first gain in 10 weeks. To be honest, I kinda expected it. We weren't prepared this weekend so we ended up eating out twice. But after my first C2F work out this morning (which was awesome!) I am really committed to not see any of those ups for a while :) 

So I am feeling good and I am super motivated to get my ass kicked :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

It Works! Body Wraps Review - Alex's Take

As you probably remember from Thursday, Jess and I had the opportunity to try It Works! body wraps. Sonya (an It Works! independent distributor) of Peace Love Boot Camp graciously sent us each one to try. Jess decided to use hers on her arms, and lost an inch on each one!

I, of course, received the same information as Jess, and it was very helpful for putting on the wrap and learning more about some of their other products.


I decided to suck it up and do my stomach. I'm going to warn you now that what I'm going to show you is not going to be pretty, but I console myself by reminding myself that my stomach's going to stop looking like this (thank goodness!).

 (Please excuse the awkward photos -- my husband kept getting distracted by the dog)

before -- front view
before -- side view

 So I put on the wrap. It felt a little cold on my skin, but it was fun. I loved the smell; it had kind of a menthol-y, eucalyptus-y smell to it, which I love. It also had a slight tingle to it, which I enjoyed (I'm a very tactile person, lol). I had Tom (the aforementioned husband) help me wrap my stomach up in saran wrap, then sat down to watch Hart of Dixie (I just started watching it a few days ago -- it's SO good) on Netflix while guzzling down some water (which I continued to do after the wrap was off).





stomach with wrap and saran wrap on it -- i like how much flatter it looks there!

When the time was up, I took off the wrap, and rubbed any cream still on my stomach into my skin. My felt softer (softer like to the touch, not like extra flabby), and smelled awesome, of course.

Here are my results:

after -- front view
after -- side view (please ignore my back fat)
Like Jess, it's not super noticeable in pictures (though I think you can kind of see a small difference from the side), but I lost inches!

before on left, after on right
Before I started, the largest part of my stomach (wear I put the wrap) measured 46".

When I was done?

44.5".

Yup, I lost ONE AND A HALF inches from my stomach! How awesome is that?!?! (And that's just with one!)

I don't have 72 hours after pics, because I've been sick and haven't really left the couch, but things are still the same. I had a really great experience with It Works!, and would definitely use them again!

To see more before and after pics (not of me, but of other people) head to the Peace Love Boot Camp page!

I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I was given a free wrap for review purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and results are 100% real and my own.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gluten-Free January - Week 4 Menu Plans

Hello everyone! We're nearing the end of the gluten-free challenge. I REALLY can't wait to eat some (warm, fresh from the oven) bread (I know what I'm doing February 1!). This challenge has shown me that I have more willpower than I originally thought I did.  As much as I've wanted to eat bread and pasta, I haven't felt the need to, which is an improvement.

I apologize for the delay in getting the menu up; I've been a little busy lately (revamping my personal blog, making my first two Etsy sales, dealing with personal matters, and getting addicted to Hart of Dixie).

 As with the other menus, feel free to mix-and-match meals from this week's menu, as well as previous menus (trust me, I eat way more eggs, chicken, and Larabars than I put on the menus). If a recipe calls for vegetable or canola oil, substitute in a healthier, natural oil (olive, coconut, safflower, etc.). If a recipe calls for sugar, substitute raw honey, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup.

Sunday 
Monday
Tuesday
 Wednesday
 Thursday
Friday
  • chocolate, banana, and peanut butter smoothie (cocoa, frozen banana, milk, PB2 or natural peanut butter, and spinach)
  • tomato basil soup
  • fresh fruit ice pops (puree fresh fruit in the blender, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze)
  • Mexican rice casserole
Saturday

Shopping List

Produce
  • apples
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • basil leaves
  • bay leaf (one)
  • berries (your choice)
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • carrots
  • celery 
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • clementines 
  • garlic
  • grapes
  • green beans
  • lemon
  • lettuce
  • onion
  • parsley
  • peaches
  • potatoes
  • salad
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
Dairy
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese
  • cream cheese
  • eggs
  • feta cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • milk
  • Parmesan cheese
  • sour cream
  • string cheese
Spices/Condiments/Baking Needs
  • black pepper (fresh, like from a grinder) 
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • cinnamon (ground and stick)
  • cocoa 
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • cumin
  • curry powder
  • demerara or turbinado sugar
  • dijon mustard
  • dried cranberries
  • garlic powder
  • ground red pepper
  • honey
  • hot sauce
  • kosher salt
  • maple syrup
  • mayonnaise (I recommend safflower oil mayo)
  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • sea salt
  • vanilla bean
  • vanilla extract
  • wheat germ
  • white vinegar
Packaged/Frozen Foods
  • apple juice
  • beef broth
  • black beans (15oz can)
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets 
  • bourbon
  • brown sugar (maple syrup could probably be subbed)
  • brown rice
  • chicken broth
  • granola (or make your own
  • ground beef
  • hummus
  • Larabars
  • merlot
  • natural peanut butter or PB2
  • popcorn
  • red lentils
  • salsa (or make your own)
  • slow-cooking oats
  • snipped, dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • tomato sauce (15oz can)
  • tuna
  • whole peeled tomatoes (three 28oz cans)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Itworks Body Wrap Review!


First, I want to say Alex and I are blown away for where this blog taken us in less than 6 weeks! Seriously, Woah. 

One of the most exciting things ever was when we were approached by Sonya Mattey, a sales rep for ItWorks! a health and wellness company that sells detoxing body wraps, vitamins and supplements. Check out her facebook here! Sonya offered to send both Alex and I a wrap to try out (for free) and in return we each get to write a blog about what we thought!


All the cool stuff and info we got with the wrap!
Now this wasn't my first experience with ItWorks! products. I have a friend that had a wrap party over a year ago that I went to and it was lots of fun. I wrapped my tummy that time and I did see some firming! I wasn't feeling brave enough to do my stomach this time, so I went with my arms instead. You can use the wrap lots of different places, including your stomach, back, love handles, thighs, upper arms and neck. You apply the wrap to your body part of choice and leave it on for 45 min! Some people see results right away, but full results appear between 48-72 hours later.


Before

With the wraps on. Helpful hint- Saran Wrap helps!

45 min later
72 hours later

Kindly excuse my Sunday/ Wednesday evening hair and attire lol. 

So here is what I think. I don't see a difference. I even compiled them so you can get a better look. 


On a side note, I will never take photos of my arms like this again. ew. 

But back to the point, I don't see a big difference, but at the bottom of my bingo wing, you can kinda see they arent quite as fat… 

Good thing there are numbers involved! I measured them before, a solid 16 inches each. After, 15 inches. So while it may not be super noticeable on the pic, I did lose a solid inch from each arm! yay for slightly less disgusting arm fat! sweet! (side note I am excited I have these insanely unflattering arm pictures so when I have nice buff Michelle Obama arms, I can show unbelievers that I once had chubby arms)

So all in all, I recommend! It was easy to use, and although they don't look like Michelle's quite yet, I think the numbers don't lie. I think these would be especially awesome once you have lost a bit of weight and want to firm up your skin, or even after having a baby. 

On a related note, check out their supplements! The fat blocker is really awesome, and I am super interested in trying the Greens (38 Herbs and superfoods packed into an orange flavored powder you add to water :) ) 

So check them out, and let me know what you think :) I am excited to see what Alex thinks! 



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Fave Skinny Jeans (And Other Cute Things To Cover Your Butt)

So Jess already did a post on skinny jeans she can't wait to wear, but I never got around to posting some of my favorite looks. I decided to post some shorts and mini-skirts too, because I want to have great legs and wear short things before I get too old to acceptably do so.

I also decided to focus on three of my favorite stores, because I love them and they're very wallet-friendly (which is important for me, because I'm broke, y'all). So here are some of my favorite looks from Forever 21, Old Navy, and Target.

Forever 21

Polka Dot Joggers - $22.80

Sequined Shorts - $22.80

Lace Skater Skirt - $17.80

Old Navy

The Rockstar Pop-Color Cords - $17.97

Perfect Khaki Shorts - $19.94

Essential Pencil Skirt - $25.00

Target

Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Skinny Pant - $24.99

Merona Nautical Short
Xhilaration Juniors Lace Trim Skirt - $19.99

Which piece is your favorite? I think mine is the Lace Skater Skirt from Forever 21 -- I'm obsessed with lace, and skater skirts just might be my favorite recent trend. Now I just need the legs to wear them!
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