Friday, June 8, 2012

Healthy Drinks

In a market flooded with healthy drinks, it's becoming difficult to discern between what's actually healthy for you, and what claims to be healthy. Take fruit juice, for example. Strategically placed amongst the real fruit juices of your local grocery aisle are so-called 'fruit' juices. Oftentimes, these contain very little juice (sometimes as little as 5% juice) and loads of sugar. The naive consumer may very well think they're drinking juice. Diet soda is another. Many contain no sugar or zero calories, but even with all of those zeros on the side of the label there's not much healthy about it: Heavy consumption of artificial sweeteners can contribute to high blood glucose levels and a thicker waistline.

I've been turning to probiotic drinks as a natural and honest alternative to the sugary drinks. Bio-K Plus' Strawberry Fermented Milk Probiotic is one of those. It not only has a fresh, natural taste and smooth texture, but it can be consumed any time of day, and by just about everyone. Unlike your 'fruit juices' and diet colas, it contains no sugar or artificial flavors. Every ingredient, from the skim milk powder to the strawberry concentrate, is 100% natural.

These days, we're hard-pressed to find a safe and natural option that is not only healthy to drink, but assists in our overall health, as well. There are certainly very few drinks on the market like probiotic drinks that are able to boast containing no artificial flavors that help boost your immune system.

The next time you're at your grocer or local health food store, rather than buying what you think is fruit juice or diet 'whatever', give a probiotic drink a try. Your body and family will thank you.  

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This is a sponsored post from our friends at Bio K Plus.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Announcing the Winners of FAYE: The 2nd Biggest Loser Mom Contest

The grand prize winner of The 2nd Biggest Loser Mom contest is...
Andrea Shockling! And we have an additional surprise for her. In addition to getting some coin, she will also be receiving a Motiva Strapless Mio heart rate monitor watch compliments of the good folks at MIO.*

Second prize goes to Tiffany Blue, and she will be given coin, and she get a surprise too...A month's membership to Gold's Gym!

We are so excited by the progress all of you have made during the contest.  And it doesn't have to stop! Sarah and I still have not made  our goal weights, so we are going to start up another contest! Details will be published next week. So check back with us! Whether you lost 30 pounds,3 ounces, or nothing at all we are damn proud of you and you should be proud of yourself. Sometimes it takes a while to make that connection, so don't get frustrated if you didn't keep with the contest until the very end. Slow and steady wins the race too. We're all winners at losing!

Devra and Sarah

* MIO has also made a generous donation to Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of our Loser Mom contestants.  If you buy a pink MIO watch, 10% of the proceeds will go to Komen. Yay!

Special shout out to RoadTripMom for creating our LoserMom Award pic!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We're tallying up the final scores!

Haven't forgotten you FAYErs! I'm just slow at Math and Sarah is on her elliptical. We will have the winners posted tomorrow!

Folks have asked if we will be conducting another contest after this one ends.  It seems quite a few of you found your groove and want to continue grooving. We think this is totally groovy! So in answer to the question of whether we will have another round of the contest...


Not sure about the start date yet, but we'll announce it either at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. 

Thank you for your continued patience. Now while you're waiting, why don't you get some cardio in?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the spirit of the Iconic music group Europe; It's The Final Weigh-in!

Okay FAYErs, it's the final weigh-in for The Second Biggest Loser Moms. Now step on the scale and yell, "FAYE all the weigh!" at the top of your lungs. And don't forget to send your weight to us.

Looking forward to the final results and announcing our grand prize champion and second place champion!

Today I walked for two miles. It felt great. My goal for this contest was to increase my exercise, and I've been steadily working toward that goal. I'll write more about all of that later this week, right now I need to get to bed. Evidently walking two miles exhausted me.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The 12 of Lies

I'm down about 10 pounds. Which, according to fashionistas, means I am technically down a size.  Okay, but really what size am I now down to? See here is what is going on in the world of retail, and has been for years, only now it's even worse than what it once was. The size is a big fat lie.  Did you know depending upon the brand, or even the store, sizes of clothes may vary? Yup. More expensive lines of clothing, have been doing what is known in the industry as "vanity sizing" for eons, but now less expensive stores such as The Gap and H&M have followed in their footsteps. In simpler terms, manufacturers want people to feel good about the clothing they are buying and so they downsize the actual size. So a size 8 in a Banana Republic store, may actually be a size 10 at Target. 

What is a person to do? I say fuck it. Wear what fits your body and don't even look at the size anymore.  No one is a "00" it cannot physically exist, and yet you can purchase a size "00" in some stores! This is crazy talk.  Don't buy into the madness. Don't get hung up on what size your clothing says it is on the tag, it's just one big lie.  For every 10 pounds you drop, go buy something that fits your body. Try on all the sizes, who gives a rats ass what it says on the collar or on the waistband.  You're not wearing your clothes inside out.  If the label bothers you, take it out.  We all know the Feds are far too busy pursuing people who remove tags from mattresses, and no one is going to bust you for taking your scissors to your Ann Taylor dress and cutting out The Lie from the back of the neck!

Size is just a number, and by the looks of it, it's not even a real number. So go buy what fits, feel good in what you are wearing. Maybe you can't afford a whole new wardrobe as you lose weight, but one pair of jeans, or a top, that fits you at the size you are, may be all the encouragement you need to keep on track and not feel discouraged.  Let's take back our own vanity and not let the fashion industry tell us how to feel about ourselves!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Might Help

If you still need help getting motivated, I'm giving away a Wii and a Wii Fit Plus over on my review blog.

I'm not guaranteeing anything, but it can't hurt to try.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weigh-In Wednesday: Good News on the Homefront

I don't think I am going to win this contest, but I have great news.

For the first time in a long, long time I am under 180. Yes, this morning I was 179.

I still have a long way to go but for today I am pleased.

Don't forget to weigh in! We are only a few weeks away from the end of this!

- Sarah
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