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Sweating Pink on my Rest/Cheat days, discovering the benefits of CLA, and gearing up for an AMAZING October!!!

Every Thursday and Friday are our Family Fun/Rest/Cheat days. We have had a blast the past couple of days!!! Josh took us out to lunch yesterday at our favorite little hole in the wall cafe. As you can see, he cheated more than me lol. He had a Gyro with a side of onion rings. I opted for the Gyro salad, which is what I always get when we go there. It is SO big  and So tasty!!!  Zoe ALWAYS wants a donut lol. She deserves a little cheat meal once in a while too! She helped me eat my salad, which I can never finish. 😉

My major cheats between yesterday and today were 3 small slices of pizza, 2 energy drinks, 2 beers, a burger, and a few fries. I need to get better about not splurging too much on my cheats!

I do love my IPA’s lol

I am not going to beat myself up over cheat days. Those indulgences help me keep to my clean eating lifestyle. I can really feel a difference when I eat the junk, which in turn makes me want less. I don’t indulge on every meal. I do try to stick to my healthier options. 😉

We grabbed a few of these Raw Revolution bars at the grocery store to snack on and I thought they were awesome! Great little treat for all of us!

I was also SUPER excited to get my Sweat Pink package from the lovely ladies at I opened the mailbox to see the package and said YAY loud enough for my neighbor to hear me lol. She was like do you always get excited when you get the mail? Lol Only when I get packages! 😉

I thought it was pretty cool that they sent more than one set of pink laces! I decided that since I have had SO many people that help and inspire me along my journey, that I wanted to spread that love and help inspire and motivate others. I am sending some laces out to some pretty special ladies to help keep them motivated on their fitness adventure! I hope to get more soon, so I can send more!!!

Even though today is a rest day for the weight room, I still get my run in. I was excited to get my sweat on in my new gear! 😉


It was a great run and Zoe LOVES my new pink laces! I am gonna have to get some for her shoes lol. She is a Sweat Pink girl too!!!

Fastest Two year old in the City!!!

Thanks to an awesome girlfriend of mine, I scored a free bottle of Tone Clinical from Complete Nutrition! It is basically CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) with Green Tea.

I was pretty stoked once I realized what Tone Clinical was! There are a ton of benefits to taking CLA!

  • Enhances immune system
  • Lowers insulin resistance
  • Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Enhances muscle growth
  • Decreases abdominal fat
  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Reduces food-induced allergic reactions

And with the added Green Tea, I am stoked to try these! Green Tea has all it’s own benefits! (Some of which are debated, so if you ingest Green Tea for medicinal uses, do your research, or seek a professional’s help)

  • Weight Loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Reducing the risks of certain cancers
  • Improves Cholesterol
  • Said to delay the deterioration of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s 
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Reduces high Blood Pressure
  • Aids in depression
  • Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial
  • And is suppose to be great for your skin. Promoting anti aging

I will take this specific CLA for 30 days and give you all a review on what I think about it. October is approaching quick, so I hope you all are ready for some giveaway fun! I have set up a giveaway page, since I will have quite a few !!! I am excited about the giveaways I have planned! I am giving away some truly awesome stuff from some phenomenal companies!!! You definitely are NOT gonna want to miss out!!!

I have my October goal list made up and am stoked for the October Renegade Challenge!!! I am not totally sure where I stand on all of my September goals. We still have 2 days to get there girls, let’s really kick some booty!!!!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!!! Don’t forget to check out the Affiliate of the month, Quest Nutrition! They are running some AMAZING deals on their protein bars!!! Buy the best protein bar on the market, QuestBar.

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What you need to know about Over Training and Rest days

I am just gonna come out and say it, I am horrible about taking rest days! Josh gets on to me all the time about over training and not resting. I know I need to, but I love being in the gym and for whatever reason I feel like I am going to lose my gains or mess up my progress if I do not workout. I keep hitting plateaus, so I started to do some research….

I have been in the habit of just taking random rest days here and there, but after researching more, I have decided that Josh is right and I need to take two full rest days a week. Ugh, it has been so hard! Lol

He is off Thursday and Friday every week, so I decided those are good days for rest. I still run on Friday and do my sit ups, plank, and handstand for time, but NO WEIGHT TRAINING!!! I am seriously addicted to the gym so I can not wait till tomorrow!!!! There could be worse things to be addicted to lol.

Even though I am addicted to the gym, I have not being seeing the results I truly want. I have learned that my over training is the source.  So I am gonna share with you what I have found out.

  • Your body does not build muscle in the gym. Sounds crazy I know! Your body builds muscles when in recovery mode, which in turn is when you are resting.
  • Inadequate rest decreases energy levels, testosterone levels,  and growth hormone levels. All of which are important in weight training!
  • Lack of rest also increases catabolic hormones or muscle destroying hormones.
  • It also decreases serotonin levels, which can cause depression.
  • Weakens your immune system, which can lead to infection.
  • Affect your thyroid function, which in turn can result in decreased metabolism, and increased fat storage. Nobody wants that!!!

Over training has also been shown to cause an increase in the amount of free radicals within the body. This can increase the catabolic effects of overtraining, making symptoms even worse.  Over training also can deplete your body of needed vitamins and minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, pantothenic acid (B5) and vitamin C. Additional supplementation of these vitamins and minerals are highly suggested.

Also anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, co-enzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, and selenium should also be used since they have been proven effective in combating free radicals.

Adding DHEA is also an awesome idea, it is the perfect immune protector! Glutamine can help in preventing protein breakdown and Arginine can increase growth hormone levels.

Needless to say I have welcomed my rest days with open arms. I do not want my hard earned work to go to waste!

Have you been hitting the dreaded plateau? Do you tend to skip rest days? What supplements do take to help you stay healthy and recover?

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