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Be Careful What You Wish For

I love Instagram. Yeah, I said it. On Instagram, I see photos of all different kinds of workouts and boutiques, and it always inspires me to try out new things. But recently, Instagram did me dirty. It led me to believe that something would be so easy, and that I would look so strong and powerful while doing it. Well, to that I say: You sleep in a bed of lies, Instagram!

Happy Birthday...

...to me!

Okay, just had to get that out of my system. Yes, it's my birthday, and yes, despite it falling on a weekday this year, I enjoyed it tremendously. But... I'm not done celebrating.

Nokia - Nostalgia and Futurism

How many of you guys had a Nokia phone back in the day? (Any Millennials in the house?) Man, my Nokia phone was clutch! The battery lasted for like eleven billion years, that sucker was prepaid, and it was the most solid phone I've ever owned. It's probably still alive somewhere, with one bar of battery left.

When I think of Nokia, I get a bit nostalgic. The brand got me through some rough times (middle school, high school, and even part of college), I gotta tell ya. So, when I learned about this opportunity to review their new Body+ scale, I jumped at it! I trust the Nokia name, and I know they don't play around with battery life and durability.

How the Whole 30 + Quick Workouts Helped Me Lose 15 Pounds Last Month

Well, my January Whole 30 is over, and I did spectacularly! I felt great, worked hard, lost some serious weight, and busted some of my bad habits.

My goal last year was to lose 20 pounds, and I was doing well up until the holidays, when I just bombed on my goals. Yikes. So far this year, however, I am already down 15 pounds, and I feel great! I'm motivated, making healthier decisions, and being more intentional about eating breakfast. Some might say I'm CRUSHING IT!

What's my secret?

I'm Almost Done with the Whole 30

Just one week to go in the January Whole 30! I'm proud of myself for making it this far, sad that I even had to do a reset, and mad that I still can't have cheese. Suffice it to say I have a mixed bag of emotions.

This Whole 30 was actually easier for me than my first one, and more successful than my last one (where I let peer pressure end it a good two weeks early). I've been making all kinds of interesting dishes, and I've really enjoyed learning new flavor profiles and things that I like. Despite my cheese withdrawal/desperation, I've been mostly happy about my meals.

Why Gixo Is The Best Fitness App of 2018

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts contained in this review are mine (with the exception of a hilarious anecdote from a friend). 

Okay, I'll admit it: It's kinda nutso to have "the best of" anything for this year when this year really just started, BUT, if this were December of 2017, I would definitely say this is the best app of 2017! It's true that I didn't actually get to test out Gixo in 2017, but who's counting?

But really, it is the best fitness app of 2018!

So far, my 2018 has been very stressful, but I have managed to get my health and fitness in order. I have been on the Whole 30 since January 1, lost substantial weight, and have a lot more energy. The energy is kind of crazy, actually. I haven't had coffee in two days, and just realized it! No headache, no walking around like a zombie, nothin'!

Because I have extra energy, when I get home, I don't really feel like just being lazy around the apartment anymore. It's super cold, and it gets dark early in the winter here in Maryland, so it's not like I am up for an evening run. By the time I get home (and I've worked a few 12-hour days this week alone), I rarely want to head back into traffic to go back out to the gym, so that doesn't leave me with too many options for exercise these days. That's where Gixo comes in.

Socks For Your Active Lifestyle

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given a pair of Tabio socks through my ambassadorship with Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts shared in this post are my own. 

Socks are a pretty important part of an active lifestyle. I know they're probably not one of the first things you think of when you think of important tools for an active lifestyle -- they may not even make your list at all! -- but deep down, when you think about it, you know it's true. Socks can make a race harder, they can help your insoles and shoes last longer, they can rescue your toes, and they can help you keep your form and focus during a workout. They're pretty dang important in my book!

I recently received a pair of bright red Tabio socks, and I was excited to give them a try.  I love socks! I am not a fan of feet (if you know me well, you know about my disdain for feet), so anything to cover them up gets an automatic thumbs up from me! But! I'm also a person whose feet are either freezing, or clammy (so gross, I know). There's no in between! Usually, they're freezing, but if I'm getting a good workout in, they're sometimes the only thing on me that's sweating! (I've never been very sweaty. That's a story for another day, though.)

I'm very picky with my socks. Bad socks have ruined workouts for me, and good socks have helped make them! I have specific socks I will only wear for volleyball, and most of my other active socks can be worn for any activity (with the exception of my full length compression socks. Those are no fun for volleyball.). When I get a new pair of what I'll call fitness socks, I put them through the ringer. These Tabio socks were no different. I did at-home workouts without sneakers, wore them on walks, tried them out inside my cycling shoes. I really put them to the test! So what did I find?

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