We tried The Fast Metabolism Diet, and it worked!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, but the review is absolutely my own.  Questions?  Ask me!!

Ok, I am not a dieter by nature.  I am too much of a food-lover.  (Obviously!)  But after having 3 babies in under 4 years, my body had pretty much given up on ‘bouncing back’.

It didn’t matter what I ate, or didn’t eat…  my body stayed the same and seemed to get more uncomfortable every day.  I did’t feel like me anymore, but rather a miserable shadow of me, trapped in someone else’s body.

So, when I was offered the chance to try out Haylie Pomroy’s new book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, I was happy to try something new.  I wasn’t very optimistic, that’s for sure, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, and the Hubs was on board, so we jumped right in!

(If you follow me on instagram at all, you probably had an inclination something was going on!)

I read the book, and loved it right away.  Haylie has a very scientific but understandable approach to nutrition and dieting.  She explains things well, so that I understood them, instead of just saying “do this because I said so”.

I was pleasantly surprised when I started losing weight right away!  But much more importantly…  I lost inches!!

Lots of inches actually, and all from the right places!  We are a few days from being done with the diet, but Andrew has lost 12 pounds and 3 inches off his waist (and other places too!) already and I have lost 14 pounds and 4 inches off my waist (and lots of inches from other places!!).

My waist is smaller, my thighs are smaller, the fat just felt like it was melting off my frame.  Even though the scale didn’t change that much (not 20 lbs, anyways, but I’m definitely not complaining!), the measuring tape proved much more important.

I will take inches lost over pounds any day!  (We all know muscle weighs more than fat anyways, right?)

Ok, so the bottom line is:  I am happy with the diet.  I am glad we did it.  I will happily recommend it, and I will probably do it again someday (even soon)!

But you don’t just want the bottom line, do you?  You want the nitty-gritty.  So, here it is, pro/con style:

Pros:  It worked for me!  I lost inches & pounds, dropped lots of bad eating habits, learned to love some new-to-me healthy foods and good habits, and just feel better overall.

Cons:  It’s hard.  Ok. it’s not the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s definitely hard.  This diet requires lots of planning.  If you don’t plan, you will probably fail.  But, if you do a little planning, you will do great!

*There is an iPhone app that you can buy to go with the diet and I’ve gotta say, that was the best $1.99 I’ve spent in a long time!  I don’t think I could have done the diet without it.  And on the topic of money…

The only other real con I had with this diet is the cost.  Now, to be fair, that is not Haylie or this diet’s problem.  That is just the unfortunate cost of eating fresh veggies and real food.

That said, if you garden, wait until peak harvesting season to do this diet!  And for the rest of us…  late spring and summer, with their abundant farmer’s markets, farmshares and produce stands will make the cost of eating this healthy that much more bearable!

My husband’s hardest thing, besides just going through the pain of breaking bad eating habits (serious sugar cravings for that guy!), was drinking enough water everyday.

Water is a biggie on this diet, and you need to drink half your body weight in ounces every day (which we really should be doing anyway!).  I drink a lot of water so that wasn’t a big deal for me, but for my husband…  he felt like he was drowning a bit!  ;o)  But, he has definitely learned to be better about drinking water!

And as Haylie puts it…  if you don’t drink all your water so that the fat and toxins can be flushed out of your body, you’re basically taking fat off one thigh and putting it back on the other, because it has no way out!  Yuck!!

So, what do you think?  Do you think I’m a quack?  Or do you think you might give this a try?

 

Loving our new Maytag fridge!

I sometimes don’t know how we survived without this beauty in our kitchen.  Even just the ice & water in the door, something we’ve never had before, seems so essential to us now.

Spoiled maybe?  Yes, absolutely.  But I’d rather think of it as a blessing than as a ‘spoiling’!

I had no real problems with my old fridge, but I would never choose to go back after trying out this big beautiful new Maytag Ice20 French Door Refrigerator.

Yes, my whole family loves the ice and water in the door (Hello?  Dr Pepper poured over a big glass of freshly crushed ice?  Heavenly!)…  but do you wanna know my favorite thing about this fridge?

I just love how deep and roomy it is!

I love that I can go grocery shopping, come home, put away all the groceries, make a big pot of soup, and still be able to fit that whole pot of soup easily into the fridge to reheat the next day.

I can thaw roasts & turkeys, and I can prep slow cooker meals the night before, without ever even worrying about wether or not I will be able to fit that stuff into the fridge!

I also love the extra middle fridge drawer.  We keep it stocked with fruits and veggies, and even Bjørn & Haakon (3 1/2 & 2 years old!) love to grab their own apples and carrots.  They feel so grown up, and all of a sudden eating veggies is fun for my picky toddlers.  How is that not a great thing?!

With the holiday baking season in full swing, this beautiful fridge is getting a workout.  And I am grateful for it every single day when I walk into my kitchen!

Want to hear some other moms’ thoughts on their Maytag appliances?  Check out Maytag’s facebook and twitter pages!

“I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.”

 

thick, creamy, luscious… Dove body wash! And a $500 spa gift card giveaway!

Yep, there’s just no other way to describe this stuff!

The first squirt out of the bottle is impressive all on its own.  I was immediately impressed at how thick and creamy it is, and the smell is exactly what I like…

Fresh, clean, soap.

I am not a fan of getting out of the shower smelling like I rinsed my body off in sugar.  I like to smell soapy but not in an overwhelming way…  just, clean.

I was recently given a chance to try the new Dove Visible Care Renewing Body Wash from Dove’s revolutionary new premium line, and I have really been impressed.

I have always had super dry and itchy skin, especially when I am pregnant, and I haven’t been itchy or needed lotion at all since I started using this stuff.

That’s pretty amazing to me!

And my super-sensitive pregnant nose also loves the way this smells, on me and on my husband.  There is nothing offensive about it and we all smell clean and fresh and sparkly.

Yep.  Sparkly.  That’s how it smells.  Sparkly and fresh.

We have always been a Dove family, but this new line of body washes has the highest concentration of NutriumMoisture technology of all Dove products and we can definitely tell the difference.

There are 3 varieties of this new line:

  • Toning, promotes skin elasticity and strength
  • Renewing, nourishes and replenishes skin
  • Softening, softens skin and dry spots

We have been using the Renewing wash and my skin feels amazing.  (And I think it looks pretty great too!  No more dry patches or roughness…  just healthy, radiant skin.)

With regular use, this body wash gives you visibly more beautiful skin in just one week!

I really can’t wait to try the Softening version when we run out of this bottle.  Especially this winter, I already know it will make a huge difference in how comfortable I feel in my skin!

Visit Dove’s website for more information on their products and to learn more about why I love them so much as a company.

Their campaign to encourage real beauty and real women has always made me happy to show them my support and proud to use their products.  They promote a message I want my daughter to understand:

Real beauty is more about how you feel in your skin than how you look.  And real women do not look like the pictures in magazines!

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a fun, new summery drink!

You all know I love to share fun new things with you when I find them.

This new summer-drink is no exception!

We (and by we, I mean my husband and friends, because being 7 months pregnant I am obviously not drinking these days!) recently discovered Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, a brand new different & fun summery drink.

I was bummed that I couldn’t have any, but my husband did a great job of describing it to me:

“It’s a fresh, crisp, very light & sweet summery drink.  Almost like having a nice cold lemon-lime soda, but with a kick and a sweet hint of apple behind it.  Very refreshing and very easy to drink, it makes you feel like you should be laying in the sun by the pool!”

Sounds pretty good to me!  I am looking forward to trying it myself later this summer…  hopefully over a glass of crushed ice, while I’m laying by the pool!

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is a much lighter version of a traditional hard cider.  1/3 fewer calories*, much less heavy, sweet and just overall more refreshing.  It would be a great substitute for your usual white wine or champagne!

And another fun little tidbit that makes me smile…  It is naturally sweetened, made from hand-picked apples, and it also happens to be Gluten Free!

My eyes have recently been opened up to the world of Gluten-Free eating, and even though it’s not a need in my family right now, it still makes me happy to see more and more companies embracing the needs of people who used to have such a hard time finding fun new things that they could enjoy without worry.
If you’re looking for a refreshing treat next time the sun is out and you’d like to try something new, give this Light Cider a try!

Want to know more?  Check out Michelob’s website (Sponsor’s Site) or the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider page on Blogher.com!

(Michelob ULTRA Light cider is available nationwide in six-packs of 12-ounce clear glass bottles…  on their website there’s a handy little tool where you can plug in your zipcode for a specific list of stores where it’s available near you!)

*Michelob ULTRA Light Cider has 1/3 less calories than an average of the leading regular hard ciders, 120 cal./serving in light hard cider vs. 180 cal./serving in an average of the leading hard ciders!

**Dislaimer:  This is a paid review for BlogHer and Michelob.  I was given this product free to review.  My opinions are my own (and my friends and family’s!) and only what I would say to you if you were sitting with me at my kitchen table!

postpartum belly binding

Yep, you heard right.  I am going to talk to you about postpartum belly binding!  (If you are not pregnant, not going to be pregnant, or don’t know anyone who is or may be pregnant someday, please feel free to ignore this post and scroll down for some yummy recipes!)

Right now, I am pregnant with my 3rd child.  I used postpartum belly binding in the form of a Belly Bandit after both of my last pregnancies and will be happily doing so again after this baby gets here.

After baby #1, I had the Belly Bandit on by the 2nd day I was home (after all the water-weight was gone from my IV-fluids).  After baby #2, I had the Belly Bandit on within minutes of getting out of the tub where he was born!

One thing I can tell you for sure…  these things feel amazing.

Besides the claims that they bring back your shape faster (which they do, by the way… as long as you use them exactly how they are intended!), they are incredibly supportive and comfortable when your back and ab muscles are so sore and weak after a long pregnancy!

New moms in countries all around the world have been using belly binding postpartum as a cultural norm for centuries…  I think they’re pretty smart and I’m glad I found this little treasure before I had my first child!

In case you’re wondering, because I know you are, yes, belly binding will help you tremendously even if this is not your first pregnancy.  Any time you have given birth is a great time to support and tone your back and stomach muscles and bring your core back together quicker and easier!

Have you tried, or thought about trying, Postpartum Belly Binding?  Do you have any specific questions for me?

I’m very passionate about this topic, and I’d love to chat with you more about it!

*Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I love Belly Bandit, found them on my own, have used them twice, soon to be 3 times and wanted to share how much I’ve learned with you!