Unrestrained and Full of Energy

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Ya’ll—–Amazing Grass has done it again!!  I was lucky enough to be a part of their Protein Superfood campaign awhile back, and now as part of their latest product the Effervescent Tablets.  Oh. My. GOODNESS.  I don’t even know where to begin.  At first I was skeptical of it all—how it was going to taste, the way it looked, how it was going to make any difference in how I felt or looked.  Man, oh man was I in for the biggest surprise.

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FIRST OFF, the definition of effervescent means a lot when describing the way the AMAZING GRASS product makes you feel.  The words [vivacious, lively, full of energy] are all  just one of the many ways the green superfood tablets will change your life. And if you want to stick with definitions and meanings—-the definition of effervescent when used as describing a liquid is –giving off bubbles; fizzy. Who doesn’t love bubbles? ❤

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These self-dissolving gems are some serious fizzy magic, and taste great too.  They might look funny or displeasing to the eye, once dissolved in your water, but trust me when I say that that is deceiving.  They don’t have any bad after taste, or chalky texture like other water tablets.  They are smooth, and something I look forward to drinking each and EVERY day.

 

 

spot_nosignreduaI received the the tablets at the most perfect time, too.  As a teacher, the back to school year shenanigans brings about a lot of new germs and nasty colds.  The colds you dread and despise because you already have enough going on with trying to get into a new routine and learning new kids, writing lessons, the whole shebang. Well this year, I was prepared.  I was going to kick the germs to the curb.  Thanks to the Amazing Grass Effervescent Tablets, I have made it six weeks into the school year without a hint of a cold or not feeling well.  This coming from a mama whose little man got sick going back to school too, and whose husband also got little man’s cold.  That’s huge folks, HUGE!

20171006_1305192046888749.pngContinuing with my whole back to school motion, I like to use the tablets as my afternoon pick me up.  Since going vegan two months ago, and starting school,  I’ve found it difficult to enjoy that second cup of coffee.  One, because of time and all that jazz, and two, because our school doesn’t offer vegan creamer options like almond milk or coconut cream.  So if I don’t remember to pack my own, I have nothing to put in my coffee.  ENTER the Effervescent tabs.  They actually give me more of the energy that I am so badly needing in the middle of the long school day, when grading essays becomes so tedious and tiresome.

20171006_1257481821807137.pngAfter drinking at least one tablet a day, for an entire month, I noticed big changes in my skin; its overall complexion, and almost zero acne issues.  I noticed a change in the way my stomach felt; less bloating and irritability.  And an overall feeling of incredible energy and lightness.  Since having my son, I have struggled with hyperthyroid issues and have been making changes (going vegan) to correct it naturally, but still having to take medicine to bring my levels down.  At my last visit in August, I was put on an even higher dose of medicine to bring my levels down, as they were still incredibly high.  With the vegan diet change (and maybe the medicine), I have brought all my levels to normal, except one, which has now pushed my into the hypo stage of thyroid-ism.  This recent discovery has come to me at no surprise, because I have been dealing with weight issues.  Despite working out every day and eating healthy, the hypothyroid levels I now have are causing me to gain weight.  It is something I am struggling to accept, but I am seeking a second opinion in a few days and hoping I can try taking myself off of the medication, or at least lessening the dose tremendously, so that I can get back to myself.  Anyways, enough off topic rambling.  I can honestly say though that I feel like the Effervescent tabs have helped my body continue to retain the energy it needs to function well, despite my body lacking in speed of metabolism, heart-rate, and overall function.  So that is another win.

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Basically, you need to get your hands on these gems.  You won’t regret it. You can click the link here to get to the Amazing Grass website and use code: SweatPink17 for 40% off your order.  That is a steal of a deal, love bugs.  And if you are feeling extra lucky, head on over to my Instagram page to enter to win your own box of Effervescent tablets. @faith_to_tri ❤

 

Happy energy and bubbles,

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Tanya

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Currently….

 

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When Angela (@Runlikekale) posted a fun blog about her currents, I was excited to play along.  She always has awesome, informational posts that you should all follow. It will definitely make you smile and laugh out loud. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see ridiculously cute pictures of G?  🙂  So currently, I am….

Loving: Watching CT explore the world on his own now that he can crawl, stand, sit, and walk with assistance. He is loving this new freedom, and it makes me smile from ear to ear.  Overnight, he has become fearless, independent, and so grown up. Gahhhh! ❤

Working On: Finding some kind of summer job, something that includes Clayton.  It’s almost I M P O S S I B L E! 

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Inspired By: The fierce mom club we have established on IG. 


Thinking About: S U M M E R break, and starting new traditions with our family of three. Day trips, hiking, teaching Clayton to swim, the beach, and oh so much more.

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Watching: The Leftovers, and driving my husband crazy, because I ask a million and one questions. Even after watching it over and over. It’s so confusing, but it hooks you.


Reading: Hands Free Mama…..Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

Eating/Drinking: I’ve been on a mission to go more wholly with my foods and eating habits. So, I started Whole30, cheated once and it went downhill from there. But in the first week with no cheating, I lost 7lbs and learned a lot about how food makes me feel. So now I am starting over, and really trying to stick to it for the 30 days. #noms


Learning: To read braille. One of my students is partially blind and to help her become more independent we thought it would be a good idea to learn it.  And it grabbed me in, so now I want learn too


Dreaming of: Being a stay at home mommy. I miss it. I need it. I want it so bad. 


Trying: To juggle everything that goes with being a working mom, and finding time for myself, while still getting all the chores and daily house hold shenanigans done.

Missing: My little peanut.  Is it 3:00 yet?

 

Planning: Clayton’s FIRST birthday!!  Say what?!?!?  It came way too fast.  Like seriously, I get so emotional thinking about the last year and how far he’s come.  Why can’t they stay little forever? 


Needing: To get a hair cut desperately. And maybe going back to blonde……

Screenshot_20170417-161828-01.jpgExcited About: All the stroller races Clayton and I have, and the fact that some of them are letting me run with the stroller ((as they haven’t in years past).

 

Want to play along? Copy and past this in the comments and let me know what you’re currently up to.

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Runtastic Fall Fit Challenge

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It’s a double blogging day for this mama. 🙂  I’m back to tell you a little about the awesomeness of runtastic && their YouTube channel.  Oh, and let’s not forget the fun fit-for-fall challenge they are hosting, along with the ladies at Fitapproach.  The contest is STARTING TOMORROW and it runs through 11/5.   And there’s prizes ya’ll. Sweet prizes.  So who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun, change up their workout routines, and be eligible for prizes? I know I would. ❤

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So what’s the hype with Runtastic?  Well, I will tell you.  It’s the whole shebang. It’s a workout for anyone.  A recipe in the making. A guide for all things fitness.  A personal trainer.  A running coach.  You name it, they’ve got it.  I’ve been using their workouts off the YouTube channel for a couple of weeks now, and love that they are FREE, they are easy to use and follow, and there is something for just about anything I want to work on, including better eating. Just saying?  The struggle is real post baby.  🙂

Here is the link to their page.  I subscribed && I think you should too.

https://www.youtube.com/user/runtastic

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I’ve been doing their workouts on my porch daily, to add even more fall feels to the fit for fall fun.  Ohhhh yeah all those (f’s).  My English teacher would be proud of that alliteration. 🙂  SO anyhow…. the deets of the challenge.  Well for starters, just by reading this, four of you are eligible to win a prize.


AND WHAT’S THE PRIZE you’re asking??

A 12-month Premium Subscription to Runtastic app (iOS and Google Play), and you can see your account online too.  You know that personal running coach I was talking about, that is part of the deal.  I’ve already downloaded my spring marathon training guide made by Olympic champion, and running coach, Dieter Baumann!  BOOM!!! 🙂

And if you play along in our week long fun fit-for-fall challenge, you can also win.  A winner will be chosen by me EVERYDAY! That’s 9 total winners ya’ll!  How cool is that? Here is a sneak peek into the daily challenges we will be doing together:

So go get yourself a pumpkin and be ready to get fit for fall, have fun doing so, and you know win some prizes.

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And don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel for more fun workout ideas, recipe concoctions and daily motivation.  RIGHT FROM YOUR HOME TOO!! ❤

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To be entered to win via this blog post, leave a comment about why or how the Runtastic App could help you, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.  That’s it.  The four winners will be chosen at the end of the week.  There you have it.  I’ll stop rambling, you start subscribing.  🙂  See you tomorrow for the day one of the fun fit-for-fall challenge.

XoXo

H<3ART Healthy Habits

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February is American Heart month and that got me thinking about all the different aspects that are involved in having//maintaining a healthy heart.  It really is no different than living a healthy lifestyle all around.  For some, the healthy heart lifestyle may seem hard or challenging, and for others it might look like a lifestyle they already live.  It all comes down to habits.

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images (2)Here are some of the healthy habits I have adopted along the way, that also aide in maintaining a healthy heart.

  •  Stress LessWe live in a world where stress is constantly chasing us around like an annoying little gnat.  Learning how to recognize signs of stress, how it affects you, and ways to deal with it are all super important to living a healthy lifestyle with a happy heart.  Stress affects everyone differently && how one handles it can look very different too.  For instance, I like to run and do yoga when I feel myself getting stressed.  Whereas others might go for a massage or venture outdoors.  Find what works for you and make time to do it.
  • Sleep: Getting enough shut eye has so many great benefits. It aides in less stress, which we just talked about.  It improves memory, lengthens your life, curbs inflammation, which reduces diabetes, heart attacks, and arthritis.  And it helps with weight loss.  I, for one, make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and when I don’t I notice a difference with everything.  
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  • NO SMOKING: This one needs no further explanation.  I say to each his own.  I, however, have never smoked in my life.  I find no purpose in it.  It is one of the
    unhealthiest habits out there, and it destroys lives.

  • Less Alcohol: I am the last person to talk about drinking with, because I don’t drink, like EVER.  All I know is it is something many find pleasure in, which is great.  Sometimes I wish I could drink, and enjoy itSTOP-No-Alcohol-Sign-K-8851 like everyone else.  I’m not saying to completely cut out alcohol from your life, but it should be greatly decreased in the amount and how often it is consumed.  
  • Get Your Omega-3’s: These fatty acids are so important.  Now that I am pregnant, I have been paying more attention to these little gems.  They decrease triglyceride levels (the stuff that aides in body fat), they slow the rate of plaque build up in the heart, and they lower blood pressure.  You don’t even need to take a supplement to get them.  Salmon && flax seed are my favorite ways to sneak it into my daily regimen.  
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  • Exercise More: Sometimes this is the hardest change for people to make, but it was the one change I made that made the biggest difference in my life.  You don’t need to be a fitness genius to get the right amount of exercise.  Just 30-60 minutes, on most days, will change your life in a big way.  Walk, swim, bike, stretch, lift weights, it doesn’t matter.  JUST GET MOVING!  download (1) 
  • Fruits & Veggies: I cannot stress enough the importance of proper nutrition.  Am I the perfect eater?  Not even close.  Do I do diet fads?  No way Jose! I eat a diet rich in fruits, veggies, healthy grains & red meatless proteins.  Now that I am pregnant, I’ve been forced into eating red meat, but generally, I do not eat it.  I don’t even like it! I try to avoid sodium && processed foods, as well.  If I want a bar of some kind, I usually make my own, or buy ones with 4 or less ingredients.  I also keep track of my macros using myfitnesspal.  It is a free app that makes keeping a food diary as easy as can be.  It is a blessing in disguise, but also a curse to have a serious sensitive digestive system.  I can’t eat foods like pizza, or that have a high fat content, because it literally kills me and causes me a lot of pain. It makes eating cleaner a heck of alot easier.  I still have cookies and chips, but they happen in rare forms, otherwise I become a big time complainer, who cries about stomach pains.  It’s not fun to be around!  images (3) 

 


 

So yeah, there ya have it.  If living a heart healthy lifestyle is new to you, please feel free to contact me, I’d be happy to help you!  Pick one thing on this list you want to work on, and go at it with all of your heart [pun intended 🙂 ].  If you feel like you already live this lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to add your own ideas.  I am always on the hunt for new recipes and exercise ideas.  Don’t forget to wear your RED this month and show your support for the American Heart Association.

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