20 Minute Post-Weekend Detox

If you follow me on IG (@MrsKansasMommy) you know I’ve just gotten home from an 8 day family vacation extravaganza in which I overindulged on everything (food, sun, booze, chlorine, caffeine…all the good things.)

We landed in Kansas City last night, got McDonald’s on the way home (yes, we are garbage people who regularly eat McDonald’s) and I got straight into bed with my kids for like ten hours. I woke up today and realized I am supposed to appear on television tomorrow which theoretically requires me to be seen and I look like a cross between Tan Mom and Captain Ron. (Note to self, check availability for domain name CaptainTanRonMom.com) With little time left, I opted for a few of my standard reset buttons when I’m feeling blah. P.S. I’ve been sent a lot of different products to try because I have a blog, but I’m not being paid to mention any of these. I just use them and like them.

Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.

I mean, my last minute detox routine:

20 Minute Post Weekend Detox

  1. My Magic Mud Tooth Whitening Powder (it’s on sale!) Put this in ya pie-hole and brush until you look insane: Magic MudLeave it in while you do your next steps.
  2. Arbonne Cellular Renewal Masque. I’ve been a fan of this masque for years. They recently reformulated it to be less abrasive, and personally I prefer the burn of the old formula, but it’s still one of the most immediate-results masques I’ve tried. And I’ve tried tons. Today I put this on my face, neck, shoulders, chest and even the backs of my hands (while belting out IF I COULD TURN BACK TI-IME!)
  3. The next step is dry-brushing. If you’re new to dry-brushing you’re fine just getting the natural bristle one from Target. The key is to do this step before you get your skin wet. Start at your ankles and work your way up your legs and butt. Rub in an upward circular motion over your tummy and love handles. Start at each wrist and rub in circular motions up to your shoulders. The key is to always be moving the brush toward your heart. Not only does this get rid of ingrown hairs and dead skin, it also supposedly stimulates the lymphatic system to help your body better detoxify. <Now shower and rinse off your masque, whitening powder, and body.>
  4. Apply your normal face cream (lately I’m into Rodan + Fields Redefine), then massage Dr. Teal’s Detox lotion into your whole body. It costs about $5 at Target and it’s one of my tried-and-true.
  5. Rehydrate. I’m currently using these Vitasome supplements, but I also love the Arbonne detox products I’ve tried.

Now go to bed. Preferably one without multiple dogs and children in it, but for some of us, this goal is unattainable at the moment.

As usual, I’ll post details from my segment tomorrow so you can check back and let me know if you’re like Wooh! or Woof.

 

 

 

KC Live: Modern Mommy Essentials (Pills, Boobs, Booze + More)

The greatest thing happened to me today. Right before we went live, I was asked to “say something” for the mic check and I got to utter the epic words, “The arsonist has oddly shaped feet…what is your name, Lanolin?” in a real life TV studio.

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Here’s my girl-talk with the amazing Michelle Davidson. Everytime I see her I love her more and today was no exception:

 

Here are the innovative modern mommy essentials from the segment and where to find them:

The Innovation award-nominated mifold is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat but just as safe. It’s literally small enough to fit in your purse and therefore perfect for travel and ideal for times when you need to fit three booster seats across!

mi fold Booster Seat

Order the mifold Booster Seat HERE

Nanobébé Breastmilk Bottle. Launching in the US now and also up for an Innovation Award, this is the first bottle specifically designed to protect breastmilk nutrients and allow the baby to start self-feeding at an earlier age. This bottle cools breastmilk 7x faster than standard bottles, preserving more nutrients. It also warms 2-3 times faster so you can quickly feed your crying baby without destroying any of the good stuff you worked so hard to pump!

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Order the Nanobebe HERE

Vitasome’s Curcumin-C & Glutasome have energy-boosting turmeric which is a natural anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin, diminishing the signs of aging (YES!) What’s so different about these supplements is the patented liposomal delivery system. Liposomes surround the nutrients until they penetrate your cells where they’ll have the most benefit so the nutrients are never mistaken for waste.

 

 

Order Vitasome HERE

The Nugeni Steva + is an all in one, easily interchangeable handheld vacuum (cordless and upright), steam mop and a mobile steam cleaner. You can even use it to steam clothes! The steam kills 99% of bacteria so you don’t need to use any harsh chemicals.

Nugeni Steva Accessories

Order the Nugeni Steva + HERE

 

Defying Gravity (And Better Judgement)

Once in college I went on a Greek leadership retreat where the team-building exercises were a series of ropes course activities, all involving heights. Long story short, they had to lower me by my harness down to the ground where I spent several minutes dry heaving in the fetal position in front of my horrified peers.

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The Bare Gyminum

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I went to the gym today for the first time in months. I have no excuse other than that working out is not my Me Time. Watching Hulu and eating my kids’ Halloween candy in my own empty house is my Me Time.

So you always know you’re at the gym in Johnson County when the middle-aged moms with their large fake breasts and manicured fingers are significantly fitter than the actual trainers. I saw one mom today that was like a muscular skeleton in head to toe Lulu Lemon, chiseled midriff bared for all to see. Lest you think I’m body shaming, I’m not. I am always the first one to say, “Damn girl, those legs are hot!” or “I just have to tell you, your body looks amazing!” As I type it out, I’m now realizing these unsolicited comments might actually be sexual harassment. Like, what if I was randomly commenting on men’s fitness levels?

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#LT90DayChallenge : Progress Report

Here is my most recent progress picture. This is about 6 weeks in and after I took a two week hiatus from weightlifting while I was on vacation. My weight is down 6 lbs without cutting calories but my body fat is at 21.9% (up from 21.6% at my last progress post.)

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I’m really happy with the definition I’m seeing in my abs. The weird thing about a post-baby body is that some days I look down and I have a pooch that makes me do a doubletake, like, WTF am I three months pregnant?! Moms, what is up with that?! Like my ab muscles are disgruntled workers and they go, f*** this, she put us through enough, I’m goin’ out. I’ll clock in in the morning.

Then other days when I’ve been eating “clean,” I look back at pictures from before I had children and I think I look better now. Here I am on my honeymoon when I was 24, and I think I look a lot stronger today at age 30.

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(Sorry for the blurry pictures, I promise to take better ones at the end of the 90 days.)

Anyway, what I learned on vacation is that my best defense is a good diet. Although I only worked out once or twice, I made a conscious effort to eat sensibly MOST of the time (think, hamburger without the bun, order two chicken tacos but only eat one tortilla with all the chicken, etc)

I saw this on Pinterest and it really rings true for my experience the past few weeks.

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This week I’ve been back in the gym and back at the weights. It feels awesome. I’m planning to dial back in for the remainder of the 90 days, but I’m already so happy with the changes in lifestyle I’ve made in this process. My husband and I have completely revamped the way we grocery shop and cook. I can’t wait to show you his progress pictures at the end!!!

And on a personal note…

Not all of my feedback from you guys about this endeavor has been positive; some insinuate that I’m setting a bad example for my daughters by focusing on my appearance. Body image is a touchy issue and I’m obviously not a fitness blogger, but I do blog about my thoughts and my life because I figure if I’m interested in a topic, there are other moms out there who are too. I’m glad you guys read and comment, even when you don’t agree, because that’s the whole point of sharing my real life with you. Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing!

#LT90DayChallenge : The First Two Weeks

This is the first I’m posting about it, but my hubby and I are competing in the 90 day challenge at Lifetime Fitness. He’s doing the Weightloss Challenge and I’m doing the Transformation Challenge, which means they judge my change in body fat because I already have a healthy BMI.

Over the winter I put on about 15 lbs of mush, all around my middle, because that’s ‘how I rolls.’ (Sorry.) When I weighed in I was surprised to see that my body fat had skyrocketed to 24.6% from the 19-20% it’s always been since I had Savvy! Like anyone, I love a before and after picture, just not of myself…but what’s the point of this if I don’t show AND tell…

Before After 14 Days

Side note: isn’t it funny how small and tight my swimsuit bottoms look in the first picture compared to the second? Talk about holding on for dear life!

I am thrilled to have already changed my body fat percentage so much over the first 2 weeks, but for a little perspective, this is a picture of me last year at about 18%:

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My goal is to get to 17% body fat in the next 75 days by following a mainly low-carb diet and adding weight-training four days per week.

At the gym I’m usually a flip-through-Us-Weekly-on-the-elliptical kind of girl, so this weightlifting thing is new to me. I look like George Banks at the gym in the beginning of Father of the Bride Part II. (And if you get that reference, please comment because we are probably soulmates. I can’t even find it anywhere on the internet.)

I am tall (5’9″) so my plan is to eat anywhere from 1500-1800 calories per day depending on my workouts. These are the foods I eat in various combinations:

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I also do a lot of squats at home and light conditioning while I’m watching TV.

You know what really annoys me about celebrities? When they’re like, “Oh, I just stay in shape by eating right and keeping up with my kids!” Really? Because I’m pretty sure you have a nanny doing that anyway and the rest of us with our kids ALL DAY LONG are not ripped.

ALRIGHT!

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#FitMommy: Kid-Approved Chocolate Protein Pudding

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Perhaps I am the last person to figure this out, but did you guys know you can make a delicious creamy dessert using avocado, almond milk, and chocolate protein powder?

I made it yesterday (on accident because we were out of bananas and didn’t have enough milk to make a shake) and it was a huge hit. I rarely post recipes, but Avery and I both agreed this deserved a post on the blog. The texture turned out as a cross between pudding and a Wendy’s frostie. For someone like me who is constantly battling sugar-addiction, this was a nice surprise dessert alternative to my usual greek yogurt or sugar-free jello.

What I did:

In blender or Magic bullet cup add:

4 or 5 ice cubes

1 small avocado

2 full scoops chocolate protein powder (Arbonne is a favorite of mine)

About half a cup of unsweetened almond milk

Blend until creamy then spoon in to bowls and enjoy! This amount was enough for the three of us. If my husband was having some, I’d probably add 50% more of everything.

-UPDATE- Nutrition Info: Obviously it will depend on the exact ingredients you use, but the way we make this it is approximately 190 calories per serving, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein.

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Chocolate Protein Pudding Savvy

Low-Carb Food for Toddlers

As moms, we are all looking for ways to help our toddlers drop that pesky baby weight, am I right?

JUST kidding! This post is NOT about putting your baby on a low carb diet. That would be so Fiona Wallice. (Are you watching Web Therapy? Lisa Kudrow is a genius.)

I’m going on a girls trip to Florida in a couple weeks! Anytime I know I’ll be in a bikini, I go to my tried-and-true low carb diet. The only problem with this is that I make about 9 meals per day and countless snacks because I stay home with a three year old and a one year old. Clearly Pizza and Mac and Cheese are always a hit. My challenge is making things in addition to the “kid food”  that they will like and I won’t feel bad about eating either. I’m not a baked chicken breast and steamed vegetable kind of person. I just can’t. I actually find most baked chicken breast dry and nasty. I’ve had an aversion to it ever since I got pregnant with my first child. (Weird, right?)

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite “low-carb diet” foods that my kiddos love to eat with me. These are not Atkins-grade low carb, just a good alternative to bread/pasta/crackers/potatoes/etc when you are trying to drop a few lbs and you need to cook for kiddos too. I hope it gives you some fresh ideas!

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1. Hard Boiled Eggs with sea salt and fresh-ground pepper

2. No Sugar Added Mini Gherkins

3. Tomatoes + Mozzarella + Basil with a splash of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Salt and fresh-ground pepper.

(We currently love the mini yellow and purple tomatoes and the Pink Himalayan salt grinder from Costco. Also, if you’re not always using fresh-ground salt and pepper you are wasting portions of your life on mediocre seasoning choices. I question other life choices you might be making…)

4. Green juice made with spinach, one lemon and one pear. This is a Savvy Carter morning FAVORITE. That baby loves her green juice more than anything!

5. Edamame with sea salt. (I have to remove the soybeans for the baby but the toddler eats them out of the pod.)

6. Shrimp with cocktail sauce.

7. Avocado. My kids and I eat them plain with a spoon.

8. Crockpot shredded chicken with taco seasoning and melted cheese. A yummy dinnertime alternative to baked chicken or fish.

9. Sauteed zucchini slices with olive oil and a dash of soy sauce at the very end. The soy sauce caramelizes and makes them taste sweet!

10. Mashed Cauliflower. Steam a head of cauliflower then add olive oil, garlic salt and white pepper. Blend with an immersion blender. My family actually prefers this to mashed potatoes.

11. Butternut Squash Fries. Cut a raw butternut squash into thick fry shapes (not for sissies, these things are tough so make sure you have a sharp paring knife) then coat the fries in olive oil, put on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 450 degrees until they are done to your satisfaction. I like them SUPER squishy and a little burnt on the edges which usually takes about 20-30 minutes in my oven.) Avery loves these so much she asks for them!

What other ideas do you guys have?

5lbs in 5 days: The Soup and Booze Diet

This post was supposed to be titled something much more glamorous like 20lbs in 6 days: The Master Cleanse.

Turns out I hate cleansing. Also, I found out that it would be super irresponsible for me to do that while in charge of two small humans because it made me EXHAUSTED even more than I already am.

So why post about this at all?

Because I already committed to blogging about it and even though I technically failed at dieting, I still made a couple small changes. And since I’m all about keeping it real here, I wanted to share.

I have an unhealthy obsession with reading about different diets on the internet (looking at you, Pinterest) and telling myself that that’s ALL I have to do and I won’t have to think about my weight ever again. Ever notice how diets start with the phrase, “All you have to do…” or “All you eat is…” like it’s the simplest thing in the world. It’s so seductive.

So I’m not advocating this as a diet plan at all, just sharing my experience on the “Master Cleanse.”

Day 1: This was probably my first clue that I should not attempt the Master Cleanse.

@MrsKansasMommy:

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After the initial cake in the morning, I consumed nothing but the Master Cleanse “lemonade” and then I got super woozy in the afternoon so I ate an avocado.

Day 2: Master cleanse lemonade. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Carrot Soup. It was really good!

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Day 3: Master Cleanse lemonade. Carrot Soup. Caprese Salad. 4 slices of pizza for dinner and half a bottle of wine. I’d say that was the night the wheels really fell off.

Day 4: Thank God for girlfriends.

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Bloody Mary. Water with lemon. Carrot Soup. Then I went to a trunk show where I had champagne and some sort of pumpkin cheesecake brownie. Worth it! For dinner I had a couple bites of the kids organic white cheddar mac and cheese and an avocado.

Day 5: Despite my indulgence I could definitely tell my tummy was less bloated. Scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast, 5 chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A for lunch, an avocado for a snack and chicken noodle soup for dinner. Also prosecco. Then Avery and I were sitting on the couch and my husband was across the room with a bag of pretzels and somehow a game got started where he was throwing them for us to catch so I ate a bunch of those too.

So the grand total weightloss, as you may have deduced, was 5 lbs. I probably didn’t lose any fat, but I did lose a lot of bloat as you can tell from the picture:

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My takeaway is that what works for me as a whole is to generally drink more water, eat more vegetable soup and less meat. Probably good principles for all of us.

If you are one of those rare birds that has actually completed, say, a full day of the Master Cleanse I want to hear your experience! Do tell!

How Does She Do It: Health and Fitness by Devin

Meet Devin, a thirty-something Chicago girl (formerly of Kansas City) I met her years ago when she was an attorney at the same law firm as my husband and I remember thinking she was one word: CHIC. Devin stood out to me because she always looks effortlessly stylish. She dresses the way I envision myself dressing in the movie version of my life. She just exudes confidence, class and sophistication. Over the years we have kept in touch on Facebook, so when I decided to do this feature she was one of the first people I asked to participate because I am dying to know her secrets. She’s always been fit, but recently she has taken it to the NEXT level, so I am really excited to share her diet and workout plan! The pool is about to open and I am SO ready for this serious inspiration served up by Miss Devin!

File this under Woman Crush Wednesday because I want to be this girl when I grow up…

MKM: What all did you eat yesterday?

DB: Breakfast: Protein Shake (1 scoop Dymatize Chocolate Whey Protein powder, ½ cup Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk, ½ small banana)

MidMorning Snack: ¼-½ cup Unsalted mixed nuts

Lunch: Salad (Fresh spinach, ½ cucumber, fresh sliced mushrooms, 4.5 oz baked chicken breast, Lite balsamic vinaigrette dressing)

Snack: Small Pink Lady Apple

Post-Workout: Protein Shake (1 scoop Dymatize Chocolate Whey Protein powder, ½ cup water)

Dinner: Baked salmon, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, two glasses of champagne

(I limit alcohol to once or twice per week and completely eliminate it for competition preparation.)

Snack: ¼-½ cup Unsalted mixed nuts and dried cranberries

MKM: What’s a typical eating day for you?

DB: I focus on consuming lean protein, green vegetables and at least three liters of water.  Sometimes I will substitute meals with whey protein shakes or low carb protein bars, but most of my calories consumed are from whole foods.

MKM: What would you consider a “splurge”?

DB: Sushi along with my favorite cocktail, St. Germaine and Champagne.

(Emily’s note: Maybe I should start considering these “splurges” too. Up to this point I’ve been referring to them as “diet staples.”)

 

MKM: Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you were overweight?

DB: I have been curvier and thicker (with weight all in the right places!), but I have never been medically overweight or obese. I’ve committed myself to a lifestyle of cardiovascular exercise, weight training and nutritious eating to maintain.

Strong is the new sexy!

MKM: Do you have a personal trainer?

DB: I have a distant fitness coach, Kat Williams of Kat Pro Fitness, as well as a local coach, La’Drissa Bonivel of Team SuperBody.  Kat is a Professional IFBB Bikini competitor and La’Drissa is a Professional IFBB Physique competitor.  My coaches provide nutrition and training plans to ensure that I meet my personal goals.  I love seeing my new plans every month – I never get bored!

 

MKM: Do you belong to a gym?

DB: Absolutely!  At one point I belonged to two different gyms.  I exercise at my gym, in the fitness room of my condo building or in my living room.  It depends on my mood.  Finding a gym that has the right energy is key for fitness motivation.

 

MKM: What’s a typical week’s workout schedule?

DB: I typically train 5-6 days per week.  I perform high intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio and change my weight training every week.  Some weeks are low sets, high reps while other weeks may be high sets, low reps – my coaches always keep my body guessing!

Mon:           Legs and HIIT Cardio

Tues:          Shoulders, Chest and HIIT Cardio

Weds:         Back, Biceps, Triceps and HIIT Cardio

Thurs:         Light Shoulders and HIIT Cardio

Fri:              Glutes and HIIT Cardio

Sat:             Long cardio session and any body part I feel did not get worked enough during the week

 

MKM: What makes a bigger difference, eating or exercise?

DB: Nutrition!  Food is fuel for the body and you can never outwork a bad diet.  I use exercise as a means to tone and develop my muscles. Abs are made in the kitchen and as the old saying goes, “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips!”

 

MKM: Do you wear make-up and cute clothes when you work out?

DB: I absolutely wear cute clothes when I train.  If you look good, you feel and perform well!  The only time I wear make-up while exercising is if I hit the gym right after work and forget to wash my face.

(Emily’s note: I think it’s time for me to invest in some cute workout clothes. This seems to be a recurring theme among my fabulously fit friends.)

 

MKM: Do you regularly weigh yourself?

DB: I generally weigh myself once per week but not too often. I have a few articles of clothing that I use to gauge my fitness level and physique.  I focus primarily on how I look rather than the scale.  I actually weigh a lot more than people think.

 

MKM: Do you count calories and if so what number do you shoot for daily?

DB: I focus on macronutrients and ensure that I consume a certain percentage of my calories from protein, complex carbs and fat.  I generally ensure that I consume the following macronutrient composition: 50% Protein, 30% complex carbs and 20% fat.

When I really want to dial in I will consume 60% of my calories from protein from light, white fish such as tilapia, mahi mahi or cod.

(Emily’s note: Um, this is a lot of math. I might be in trouble…)

MKM: Do you use an app like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt?

DB: I use MyFitnessPal.  I love the nutrition visual chart that it provides so that I can track my macronutrients throughout the day.  It makes it very simple to determine whether I need to consume more protein or whether I can load up on greens or almonds.

(Emily’s note: Okay, yes. Pictures instead of math. Now we’re talking.)

MKM: Do you work out with a buddy or by yourself?

DB: I prefer to train alone.  I consider the time that I train as “me time” and use it to escape from everyone else.  I set my phone to “Airplane Mode” and treat my time training as if it were a spa treatment.

(Emily’s note: I love the shift in mentality of treating your workout like a spa treatment!)

 

MKM: To what do you attribute your current physical fitness? (Diet, exercise, both, good genes, hard work, etc)

DB: I attribute my current physical fitness level and physique to consistent, challenging weight training sessions.  I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition in 2007 and my endocrinologist told me that I would have to put forth effort to maintain a desirable weight.  He said that I would be better off “controlling the shape” of my body with weight training rather than “eating right.”  Also, I realize that my body does not metabolize simple carbohydrates well at all so I limit those.

 

MKM: Who are your fitness role models?

DB: I generally admire anyone committed to a healthy and active lifestyle.  Life can get cRaZy so it is important to always invest in yourself by adhering to a healthy lifestyle.

I would have to say that the following people in my life are my fitness role models:

Jonathan Blount – We met in college and have been friends for nearly 15 years.  He is now a certified personal trainer and Nationally Qualified NPC Physique Competitor.

Kat Williams – My distant fitness coach that is a Professional IFBB Bikini athlete.

Erika Tremble – A friend that made an amazing transformation and is now a NPC Figure Competitor.

MKM: Is “Fitspiration” on Pinterest/Instagram motivating or depressing?

DB: I love “Fitspiration” on all social media.  My Mother is an avid Pinterest user and often sends me memes, healthy recipes and workout ideas.  And I peruse Instagram throughout the day to see what members of my #fitfam are eating or training.

MKM: What’s the best advice you have for someone who is trying to slim down/tone up?

DB: I have the following advice for anyone that has a desire to slim down or tone up:

  1. Determine your goal.  Do you want to lose weight, maintain weight, lower cholesterol, increase strength or just look better naked?
  2. Become self-aware and determine how your body metabolizes certain macronutrients and whether you should focus on cardio or weight training.
  3. Give yourself adequate time to reach your goal(s).
  4. Be consistent and persistent!

MKM: What’s your fitness philosophy?

DB: Health is wealth!

(Amen!)

Follow Devin @dwhitneyb for more inspiration!