Disclosure: I am a member of the Lenovo Influencer group- all opinions expressed here are my own. Under Armour and SD Pharmaceuticals are clients of my company, FitFluential. All opinions and gushing, are my own.
Hello kittens- I am back. Did you think I fell down and couldn't get up? Not really. ;-) But ....yea, I bet you can guess what I will type next, "it's been a crazy few weeks". Indeed. I think I posted last before I headed to Orlando, or right after the Disney Wine and Dine weekend in Orlando-- anyway, here is the snapshot of how the next few weeks became a blur: Headed from Orlando to Miami with Kelly-- the plan was to stay in Miami potentially over the holidays as I plan to start putting actions in place so I can move there end of next year when my lease is up. Suffice it to say that I ended up having to catch a fast flight home for some very important biz meetings here in Chicago that needed me. Then it was suddenly Thanksgiving! And here we are in December. If it tells you how swamped I am- I am normally that crazy for Christmas person that puts up my home decor FOR CHRISTMAS even before Thanksgiving sometimes. I still have Fall decor up. That for me, means crazy. But....y'all know I am a bit on the crazy side.
Today, I will focus in this blog post on just a few tidbits to start updating y'all since I know that your lives have not been the same without me. Don't cry. I'm here.
Now-- you'll see above a picture I probably shared earlier of my mommy (sporting her sassy Under Armour Power in Pink gear that Under Armour sent her, thank you!) in her post-breast cancer "I'm the Champ" pose. Yesterday we got to do something really cool thanks to Lenovo and that is donate a brand new Lenovo Yoga Tablet to the Alexian Brothers Cancer Center where she had her chemotherapy. Mom told me that the people there are soooo amazing and CARING. And I remember thinking about the folks having chemo that they sit for a LONG time. I didn't want to donate that tablet to someone to use for work- because in my opinion, when you use the Lenovo Yoga TABLET alone- it's for more casual use, and the 18-hour battery life is ideal for chemo patients to watch a movie on or read Kindle or surf online etc. We drove over yesterday and donated the tablet and I snapped a quick photo of the lovely ladies up front - they showed us the area in the back where they have books/magazines and people have donated scarves and hats as well for the patients....
Of course now I am thinking (I'm a giver) how I need to bring all my extra books and magazines here but also more tablets for all! I'm like Santa that way. We have so much to be thankful for-- there are always people in a hospital bed that would give anything to just FEEL BETTER and be with family vs. being stuck in a hospital. It makes complainign about workouts or dieting or anything....just ridiculous. I'm thankful that Lenovo decided to let us participate in #GivingTuesday and I know the folks at Alexian Brothers Cancer Center were very grateful and excited to let the patients use. ;-) Cool
What is THIS you might ask and is there a reasonable segue here? Yea, believe it or not there is. FitFluential is working with SD Pharmaceuticals currently and I raised my hand to try out all the products you see above. Now-- here is what I know about supplements and vitamins and such. I don't know about you but I think some of us avoid taking vitamins and/or supplements because it feels overwhelming to figure out what to take-- or we think it's all a bunch of HOO-HA and we are skeptical. I'm gonna say this-- and I'll share some of the ingredients here below in a second-- but as I was in FL and I saw firsthand how a friend (story on the next blog post) used Chinese Herbs to accelerate healing of a leg injury, I realized, this is not Hoo-Ha. Yes, sometimes it's a lot to research or figure out what is best for you- but we did the same thing for my mom- my dad did the research on what vitamins and herbs and supplements would help her get through the chemo, and then heal after the surgery-- and there are many many stories out there about effective supplementation doing good things.
Don't be a Debbie Downer when it comes to looking into things like this. Furthermore as I looked at the product sheets for these products and saw that they weren't just a bunch of chemicals thrown in to a capsule- but solid ingredients that - some (see below) help with...wait for it, wait for it....HORMONAL BALANCE, I was like GET IN MAH BELLA. The product in particular for this is HIGH-QUALITY DIINDOLYLMETHANE. Try saying that after a few glasses of eggnog with bourbon. Per the site, "DIM supports healthy hormonal balance...it is a natural compound formed during the breakdown of plants and the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, from the Brassica genus of plants". Do you think I really know what that means- NO, but hormonal imbalance is something that my perimenopausal life NEEDS. I am diving in.
I made this infographic this morning. And by made it, I mean I scraped it from the SD website totally. CLICK HERE for info on the Fat Loss stack of Green Coffee Bean, Raspberry Ketone and Garcinia Cambogia. You've heard of all of this-- right?
I am not going to type ALL the data behind this but here are some gems:
- Research suggests that chlorogenic acid can support fat loss by having modulating effects on glucose metabolism. (Green Coffee Bean)
- Green coffee bean also has antioxidant properties and is 100% natural and caffeine-free (not that the caffeine free is what got me interested LOL)
- Research shows that raspberry ketone can improve fat loss through multiple mechanisms of action. It has the ability to support a reduction in fat absorption and support a boost in calorie expenditure and fat breakdown. (from SD Pharm, source)
- Take a peek below for an infographic I created (I mean copied and pasted from SD Pharm site of course)....for Garcinia Cambogia:
Can you see why I raised my hand for this? I'm dealing with hormonal imbalance and more fat loss is a goal for me. So-- I've been priviliged to speak with a lot of experts and doctors in this space about THIS kind of stuff- I used to be so skeptical about supplements until I met Bill -- and he EXPLAINED how things worked and he has studied many on himself....I no longer doubted it. Is one pill the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING??? NO. Is it work to add the process of taking pills/supplements/vitamins in to your day? YES. Like anything this is a new habit you gotta focus on and like anything you have to stick with it.
I'm all about sticking with it now people. I've made so much change this year and I am sooooooooooooo proud. I know what I am capable of and it is so much more than I thought. I'm not going to be Debbie Doubter. I am changing things up.......tomorrow I am going to share with you a new site I found with awesome recipes that could finally change my FOOD PREP ISSUES and grocery shoppind dilemma. It's been a problem for me and like anything it just needed my FOCUS.
You have to figure out in your life- what do you want, what's worth putting the time and effort in to.....YOU ARE. Stop doubting and limiting yourself. I'm all about doing all the things I didn't do in the past because of doubt or fear or skepticism. I think tomorrow when I share the story of a major badass and his GREAT ATTITUDE you'll understand why I am no longer doubting things that I used to.
IT'S ALL DOABLE. Why don't you start making some big changes? WHY NOT? WHAT'S STOPPING YOU?? ;-)