Thursday, March 10, 2011

My review of Naked Fitness by Andrea Metcalf

Recently I was given an opportunity to read the book Naked Fitness by Andrea Metcalf. If you follow my blog at all you know that I am one of millions of people who battle with their weight and self image on a daily basis. Am I good enough? Why should I try again? Do I really deserve it? Why bother? Well, funny enough, those questions are answered in this book. I am always skeptical when it comes to someone else touting that they really know how to help you and when you read 'this' it will fall into place. I honestly have to say that is the first book that has made me go 'hmmmm'.
After the first chapter, where you get an explanation to what Naked Fitness really is, she will ask something of you. Stand in a full length mirror, yes, naked, and find not only things that you need to change, but also things that you like, even if it's something small. What a concept, huh? Something we like? About ourselves? About the way we look? Imagine that.
There are tests, don't worry, you will not fail it, that everyone has to take while standing in a mirror (or with help from a friend/partner) just so you can have the best exercise program fitted to you. She does not believe in the statement 'no pain no gain' and suits a program to best fit you. She does ask that you agree to walk 2 hours a day. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be all at once. It can even be while you are talking on the phone, as long as your legs are moving.
There are meal plans to follow with loads of yummy recipes included to make life easier for everyone. There are step-by-step exercise routines with photos, worksheets so you can keep track of your food and exercise. One of my favorite things is the two pages of mantras/positive sayings. I will even give you my two favorites:
     If you believe you can or cannot, you are correct.
     If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again
     (ok, my three favorites) When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
She will ask that 'sign on' for 28 days, which is not a long time in your life to learn how to be nice to you again. I think I can do that, what about you? I am going to try it. I'm going to look at myself in the mirror and not just from the neck up. I'm going to look at me. That is the only way to change what I don't like and concentrate on what I do like.
I'm going to make more posts about this book and what I think of things as the time goes on so make sure you check back. If you want to order your copy you can preorder it on for more information. Heck, if you order a copy and would like to keep up with the book with me, leave a comment. Maybe we can help each other out. I also posted this to my other blog (East Texas Saver) if you want to follow there.

The last time I went to Walmart I bought some Truvia to help me on my start (again) for this weight loss journey. Take a look.

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I was compensated for this review by Collective Bias but the opinion is my own. #maptruvia #couchcritics

P90X timeout

Ok, so this was not for me. I find it to be more for men as it is mostly strength training. I certainly recommend it for men though. My son looks awesome (trying not sound creepy) and actually has a 4 pack already.

On to the next thing.....

Monday, January 31, 2011

#31days Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow challenge vlog 3

Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow #31days challenge Jan 31st

As I do every week, I headed to Walmart to get my Lean Cuisine for my #31days Challenge with Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow. There was a lot less this week for some reason. At the beginning of January there were 5 or even 6 doors full of it and now it's down to 2. There was a 'chest' of them by the meats, which I've never seen before and I wondered if they would stay cold enough in there.

This wasn't an easy week for me. I did not eat very well and gained a pound back. HOWEVER, today I am going to try P90X so I'll either lose some weight doing that this week or die trying! (I'm scared...) I'll let you know how it goes.
Hubby and I were talking about foods for Super Bowl Sunday this morning and all I could think of was 'how many calories?' But we were able to come up with some good compromises. For nachos I'm going to use ground turkey, lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, light cheese. For the 'chips' I'm going to buy some corn tortillas and chop them up into triangles like tortilla chips and then bake them in the oven until they're crispy.
For the 'Chicken wings' I'm going to buy some chicken breast and cut them up into nugget sized portions. Instead of cooking them in a sauce I will have a dipping sauce, likely Frank's Red Hot Chili Dipping sauce (to die for!) for me and my youngest son and Frank's Red Hot sauce for everyone else. I'll let you know how it all turns out next week.

Take a look at my whrrl to see what I found at Walmart this week when I went shopping for my Lean Cuisine. #31days

 More check-ins at Walmart Supercenter #827
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I was compensated by Collective Bias for this blog post but all the opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Frank's Sweet n Red Hot Pot Roast #FranksRedHot

Frank's Sweet n Red hot pot roast 1

A couple of months ago I was challenged by Collective Bias and Frank's Red Hot Sauce to create a Frank's Red Hot Sauce recipe. I 'winged' it and came up with this Frank's Sweet n Red Hot Pot Roast. My son said this was the best pork roast he'd ever had, so I decided to enter it the Frank's RedHot Recipe Contest.

I made a video about it  and here is the recipe:

1 medium thawed pork roast (about 5 lbs)
2 onions chopped
4 sweet bell peppers (orange, yellow, red)
2 bottles (12 oz) of Frank's Sweet Chili Sauce

Put it all in a Slow Cooker (pork roast first) and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
Serve over rice.

It is super simple to make and tastes unbelievable! #FranksRedHot

Frank's Sweet n Red hot pot roast