Hope you had a good holiday!

The two main Holidays are over, now on to celebrating the New Year!
Please be safe, don’t drink and drive, enjoy the day!
I am planning a goal setting day soon, and I don’t want a lot of guilt over the New Year’s resolutions that I get lazy about.
Now it is time to show peace, love, and kindness. To yourself, our neighbor, families and friends. Thankful for service people who make it possible for us to celebrate holidays.
Love each and every one of you followers readers and bloggers! Thanks for teaching me.

Review of the huxfit TP Buddie

I ran into huxfit at Idea World fitness expo. I had never heard of this new grassroots company, but I was drawn to their innovative massager, the TP Buddie. The what?!, you say?
It’s a buddie for your Trigger Points!
Ouch? Uncomfortable? Quite the contrary, my friend.
The minute I tested the product I became more relaxed, right then and there.
I am not a fan of vibrating massage chairs, electrical stimulation, or even battery powered hand massagers. It makes me numb, too ticklish and tingly, and it is uncomfortable.
I am hyper mobile and I think I have ADHD. I am hypersensitive to noise and it takes me forever to force myself to slow down and relax. Yoga, meditation, ocean or gardens or parks, bubble baths, essential oils, all help me but I seriously need to force myself to schedule those. I know I could use more massages, but that takes time and money. I am so sensitive that I have to tell masseuses and trainers and therapists to be extra gentle- I can’t handle the deep tissue!
And, on top of it all, is the fact that I carry all my stress in my neck and shoulders. With the TP buddie I control how deep I go or can simply tell the other person to go harder or softer, etc.
When I feel tense now, I grab the TP Buddie or I hand it to my husband and he helps me massage my back.
That night during the Expo I took it to show my friends I was staying with and massaged all the tension out of my friend’s back. He had had a long stressful day driving to visit a prison(I think through a church ministry), which was draining, and I almost helped him to go to sleep. He fell in love with the TP buddie.
Ever since August, my husband loves the TP Buddie also. He just uses it on his own neck or shoulder or asks me to work on a spot on his back.
This is so great for couples or friends to use.
The TP buddie gently rubs all the pain and tension out in a slow healthy doable way. So you don’t need a partner but you may want to give one so you can have your own!
I hope gyms, chiro and physical therapy clinics will all give it a try!

I received a wonderfully handy tool the TP Buddie for review. No monetary compensation, and all opinions are my own. Please consult your doctor if you’re experiencing pain or inflammation.

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Paula’s Choice Radiance Booster

After a sweaty workout we hit the shower right? And after a shower we moisturize right?
Right! But do you use a toner or a serum? Do you use night cream?
I was asked to review a new product for the skin care line, Paula’s Choice. I was not monetarily compensated, and all opinions are my own.
I have been experimenting with this product morning and night. I either would apply before moisturizer or blend it in with sunscreen.
At first, it came out much faster than I expected so I felt like I wasted a bit.
So the second time and thereafter, I used sparingly and felt great.
My skin has been feeling more fresh and radiant when I use this. Sometimes in winter it dries out or feels tired, but now with this booster it feels soft, smooth and supple.
I love that it didn’t feel greasy or clog my pores! I love that it didn’t smell of heavy perfumes or make my skin tingly red or burn at all.
I want to share this with my mama or friends, but I believe I was testing out their newest product so I don’t know what is even in it yet!
I’m glad I got to try this and want to know more. Usually I’m wary of these kinds of items thinking they won’t deliver, it might be snake oil, but this actually did what it said it would.
I do like this product and will want to confuse using it year round. Thankful for this fun opportunity!
I will definitely need it in the morning as I am tired but cannot sleep because I’m having a coughing fit. Rest well friends! Sleep is one of the main things that helps our skin.

Introducing the Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue

Remember I went to this huge, amazing IDEA WORLD Fitness Expo and BlogFest? The blogfest part was amazing, thanks to my SweatPInk, Sweat Guru friends over at Fit Approach.  However, I was so fascinated by all the new products and, even more excited about all the networking with Fitness Professionals at the expo.  I ran into trainers, met technicians, saw athletes and watched dancers. Best of all, I met new friends like Marc Erickson from Studio-Cycles, who I have been communicating with.  Recently, his colleague Justin brought me my very own SCHWINN AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue to try!

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After meeting at IDEA World, we have been discussing the idea of me testing different products from them and blogging reviews, here on my site and on their site.  I was thrilled that they would offer me this opportunity!

Disclaimer: I was asked to review a Studio-Cycle Schwinn AC Performance Plus Indoor cycle bike.  I was not compensated monetarily and ALL opinions are my own.

From the moment I clicked in with my Pearlizumi shoes, I knew I had found a wonderful bike.  The saddle is comfortable and I can get a really good workout or just glide to cool down.  I found that they purposefully make this a smooth and quiet ride for most users, and it’s not clinky-clunky or awkward like some of the lesser, cheaper bikes I’ve had to ride on.  (I usually go to 24 Hour Fitness, but I’ve tried YMCA, Total Woman, and Pedal Spin; they all use different bikes, but I don’t think they use Schwinn).  It isn’t squeaky or makes a loud clang like I’ve heard elsewhere.

I fell in love with the design and easy feel.  I almost got too comfortable, so I easily turned the red knob a little and got one, hot, sweaty workout!  I have tried short 20-30 minute rides and they have given me great workouts on this bike.
The true test was a one-hour sweat session I gave it. I went up hill and down, with a full warm up and cool down.  I straightened my back and rolled my shoulders and stretched my arms.  I sped up and did some good straight sprints with this bike, and also enjoyed the slow tread that the resistance knob gave me.  I haven’t seen anything this chic – it’s cool and calming, but still gives me a super hard workout!

The specs: The handlebars have dual cages for your valuables and a water bottle.  The red knob eases to the right for a hardcore incline, or you can easily switch to the left to go downhill or work on speed.  The seat is easily adjustable to my height.  The bike even has adjustable “feet” that protect my wood floors.   The pedals are not only “clickable” they have little shoe cages too (if I’m in a hurry to start and I can’t find my cycle shoes, I can use sneakers).  (For more info on clips vs. clipless shoes and pedals, go to their website studio cycles where you can substitute these pedals in as this allows for clipless or clips with SPD!

If you’re an indoor cyclist looking for a really great indoor bike for home, office, gym, group class or by yourself, this is the top notch bike to get!  Call their toll free line at 888-909-BIKE (2453) and check them out if you’re local: 420 Hindry Av Unit F, Los Angeles 90301.

Building Confidence one step at a time

I think I hide behind my loud mouth. What?

That doesn’t really make sense.  I know.  I am outgoing and bubbly, drawn to shy quiet types (so I draw them out of their shell and they calm me), but I use that as a shield or guard- like a nervous habit.

At work the other day, I brought up the whole “Tao of Winnie the Pooh” ideas that author Benjamin Hoff points out.  I am definitely a TIGGER who can be too annoying and overbearing but everyone loves him.  Except that we drive type As like RABBIT Crazy! We are too much for Debbie Downer EEYOREs. Have you heard of this? Read the book? Ever compared yourself to cartoons?:) (Actually, my granny read A.A. Milne to us as kids…!)

I have been doing Chalene Johnson’s 30days PUSH challenge with the help of motivating people like Mandie and Jessica (my blogger friend from HappyisHealthy).  She talks about confidence and confidence building techniques. A LOT.

One thing about depression and anxiety is that it brought my confidence level to an all time low.  When I lost a lot of weight (stopped over eating, started working out, and took Reliv supplements) I gained a lot of confidence back.

This year I have tried to eat more clean, raw vegetables and started really getting into HIIT and heavy workouts.  This helped my confidence, but at the same time, I wasn’t careful and I was tired one day and that’s how I HURT my back.  Lately my confidence has been kind of low (not blogging as much, not posting as many pics, and starting to slide back into the whole negative self talk thing) because “all I’ve been able to do is walk or bike 30minutes” or “just in Physical Therapy” or “just yoga.”  See my post Goals, lists and Guilt for more info on this.  As long as I don’t fall into overeating and beating myself up and stop walking! Ugh! This past week we were swamped at work so I BARELY made my step goal, I barely even did HALF of my step goal:(  Do you think there’s an evil sign in this? Look at this pic from this past Wednesday:IMG_9429

Anyway where am I going with all this?

When I posted a selfie today on instagram, I got sweet comments and encouragement from my sisters and friends.  I was surprised that people are still noticing my hard work, but I want to help others.  I want this blog to reach people so that someone sitting on the couch eating cheetos or crying into her icecream will jump up and do a pushup, walk down the block, or stretch for 10 minutes.   As I tell my piano students, 15 minutes will not only save you on car insurance, it will save your fingers!  As the FLY lady says, “You can do anything in 15 minutes!”

This weekend I’ve lounged around in my pj’s and sweats long enough.  (AND it’s not even that cold here!) Let’s go MOVE just for 15 minutes! Set a timer, turn up the music, if the weather is harsh just walk around your home and stretch!  When other people lift me up in a positive way, I want to spread that love and joy.  My friend has been teaching me all about essential oils and what they have to offer (considering I’m ADHD, prone to anxiety and depression, struggle every month hormonally, and have a history of back and neck trauma and headache pain), I’m excited to share these and other things that have helped me. I don’t wanna keep the secrets in, and hide in my home.  Winter weather (rain, cold, etc.) all keep me in bed, but when the sun is out or when others around me are working out, it makes me excited to MOVE!

Let’s get off our duffs and go MOVE!  My tree is up, there’s nothing more important than taking care of ourselves and our families!