Health & Wellness, Reviews

Wellness Wednesdays: iPurify Colon Cleanse In Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

iPurify Colon Cleanse

I’m trying something new (so please bare with me). Each Wednesday through the Summer (or longer, if I can keep up with it), I want to share a “Wellness Wednesdays” post with you outlining something that I’m doing to promote better living. It might be a product that I’m trying or an activity that I participated in but every Wednesday it will be something different and today I want to talk about a Colon Cleanse that I’ve been doing for the last week from iPurify.

I’ve always wanted to try a good colon cleanse (no, I’m not kidding) but I haven’t been sure exactly where to start. I looked into the possibility of trying one of those hydrotherapy colon cleanses in my area but think it might be best if I try a supplement first. I guess I might be a little afraid of what the hydrotherapy treatments entail.  That said, I received the opportunity to work with Reduxa, Inc. to review their 30 day cleanse. The pills, which you take at night, contain: Vitamins A, D, and E, B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-6, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, a Fiber Herbal Blend, and a Thermagenic Blend of Green Tea, Ginger Root, and Guarana.

The cleanse is said to help promote weight loss, eliminate waste and toxins from the body, and support digestive health.  According to the product instructions, you’re to take two capsules each evening with water after a meal.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m always leery of products that promise to remove toxins from your body because it’s hard for me to verify that’s actually happened during the process but I will say that what I enjoy most about this product is that it really does facilitate the removal of waste from your body (if you’re picking up what I’m throwing down). Take a peek at the Amazon review that I left after using this product:

Austin Powers kept asking “Who does number two work for?!” Well, he had clearly never tried the iPurify Colon Cleanse because I started taking this a little over a week ago and I showed number two who’s boss. This product will you make you poop. It does the trick. Well done, iPurify, well done.

I eat a decent amount of fiber in my everyday diet and so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this product but it really does promote the elimination of bodily waste (or, for lack of better words, it makes ya poo). While I haven’t noticed a change in weight or energy level, I’m satisfied in how the iPurifyColon Cleanse worked for me.

Questions about this review?! Feel free to email me anytime at itsanordinaryblog@gmail.com

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Health & Wellness, Reviews

Vitacost Swag: In Review

A few weeks ago, I posted about an incredible $100 giveaway from my friends over at Vitacost. As you may remember, I was invited to be part of their incredible blogging program. The more I learn about Vitacost, the more I appreciate and respect the company (I’ll get to that in a minute). Today, I’m excited to share a few of their products with you. I typically do my “disclaimer” at the end of the post but, in case you don’t happen to see it, I want to be sure that I mention that Vitacost sent me these items free of charge in exchange for my review. I am under absolutely no obligation to write a positive review and any opinions I express are uniquely my own. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Now let’s get down to business!  I am planning to do this review in two parts. Today, I want to focus on introducing these products to you and then I’ll update in a couple of weeks with more in depth information on how the products have worked for me (more specifically the Hydroxycut, Cognitive Support Vitamins, and the skincare set).

Vitacost Swag

Featured for review:

  • “Hello, Beautiful (Dry): MyChelle Dermaceuticals”
  • Hydroxycut
  • Targeted Wellness Cognitive Support Vitamins
  • Vitacare Key Lime Toothpaste
  • Swirl All Natural Green Tea
  • Trace Minerals Power Pack (Pina Colada)

MyChelle Dermaceuticals “Hello, Beautiful” (Dry)

I always appreciate a skin care set that compliments me before I use it. I think that’s one of the things that draws me to the “Hello, Beautiful” line from MyChelle Dermaceuticals. Valued at just over $15.00, Vitacost offers this mini set as a way to introduce you to products for your everyday needs.  The all natural (yes, you heard me) ingredients are intended to leave you feeling fresh and clean and they really do just that. The products smell nice, are easy to use, and leave my skin feeling refreshed. I’m excited to check back with you guys in a couple of weeks to let you know how it’s worked for me over time.

Hydroxycut

I will be the first to admit that I’m a skeptic when it comes to using products aimed at offering a ‘quick fix’ to weight loss. But, at the end of the day, most of us struggle with those temptations for something sweet or maybe need to cut back on our calorie intake during the day. Included in the box, which retails at just over $20, is 21 packets of drink mix which is intended to be mixed with 16oz of water. I decided that I wanted to approach this review with an open mind and my initial reaction to the Hydroxycut is positive. It’s a really sweet drink so, even though the suggested use is to take it 30 minutes before a meal, I could see myself replacing a snack with the drink instead.

Targeted Wellness Cognitive Support 

The name sounds fancy, am I right?! In a nutshell, the Targeted Wellness Cognitive Support vitamins are really just a codename for brain pills. 60 of these bad boys will cost you just under $25 and they’re aimed at promoting healthy brain function and memory recall. I’m excited to try these every day and report back to you my thoughts. Stay tuned…

Vitacare Key Lime Toothpaste 

This fluoride free whitening toothpaste has a minty key lime taste. Yes, key lime. In case you’re not understanding or somehow forgot (which, if that’s the case, see above) I said Key Lime flavored toothpaste. While this isn’t necessarily something that struck my fancy for everyday use, I could see the appeal. If you really like Key Lime and mint, are planning a hot and heavy makeout session with someone who happens to enjoy key lime and mint, or are stuck on an island and want the flavor along with clean teeth. A 3.4 ounce tube retails at around $5.

Swirl All Natural Green Tea Packets

The name of this pretty much speaks for itself. It’s tiny packets of green tea leaves that you drop into a bottle of water and let steep for about ten minutes before drinking it. And it’s awesome. It also happens to be very affordable (two packs of ten for just over $5). It’s what I call a WIN. The packets are really easy to use and the taste was just about what I expected (awesome). The only thing that I wasn’t terribly crazy about was that they don’t come individually wrapped (which is probably better for the environment anyway) so it makes it hard to take them on the go or share with a friend. Don’t let that stop you from trying, though, because I highly recommend them to any tea drinker.

Trace Minerals Power Pack (Pina Colada)

The power packs are a gluten free, vegan fizzy drink mix that offers electrolytes, potassium, and antioxidants. Initially, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Pina Colada flavor but I’m planning to take a bottle with me during a workout coming up (more on that later) and see if I feel any differently about it then. A box of 32 packets will cost you just over $12.

Vitacost

One of the things I love most about Vitacost is the versatility of their product line. No matter what you’re in search of, they’ve likely got you covered. I’m really excited to report back to all of you in a few weeks to give an update but, in the meantime, if you’re interested in trying any of these products with me you can find them on the Vitacost website. You can also find them on Facebook. When you stop by, be sure to tell them that Holli from It’s An Ordinary Blog sent you!

 

Giveaways, Health & Wellness, Reviews, Uncategorized

Running On Empty (I’m Learning To Run + A Giveaway From Body Glide)

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Changing your life doesn’t happen over night so I’m taking it one step at a time…

Running

Raise your hand if there’s ever been something you wanted to accomplish but were extremely slightly afraid to get started.

I know I’ve mentioned this before (at least somewhere along the way) but I aspire to be a runner. It’s not that I want to break some sort of record or plan to complete a 26 mile Marathon one day; it’s because I know it’s something I can do if I work hard enough at making it happen. Like any change in your life, getting started is half the battle. I’m overweight, more out of shape than I should be, and slightly scared but at the end of the day, I want to know that I could survive a zombie apocalypse (which, according to my friend Sarah over at The House of Boys & A Girl, is imminent). So I’m hitting the ground running, one step at a time, in an effort to become the person I aspire to be. I’m on the hunt for a good 5k at some point this fall that I want to run (yes, run) the entire 3.2 miles and I’m looking for some of you to join me. You don’t have to be local and we don’t have to run the same 5k but I’m looking for a few people who are interested in coming along on this journey with me. We can connect on Facebook, chat via email, or update each other through my blog. You might be wondering what you’ll get in exchange for running with me. In addition to keeping one another accountable and having that incredible sense of accomplishment when it’s all said and done, I’d also like to share a Body Glide stick with two of you (who will be randomly selected from people who comment on this post). What’s Body Glide, you ask?!

Body Glide For Her

Body Glide is a company that offers products for active people.

They’ve created a line of products for men, women, and children designed to combat the effects of blisters, chafing, and muscle soreness associated with exercise. The Body Glide for Her is made from plant-based ingredients and protects the skin while still allowing it to breath and perspire. I’ve personally used the Body Glide both when working out, and when wearing things that would otherwise tend to chafe and it works really well. I like that it goes on smooth and is dry instead of greasy.

If you want to challenge yourself to become a runner, or if you are already a runner and want to take it to the next level, comment on this post and we will get this party started together.

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Daily Life, Health & Wellness, Reviews

Water, Water, Water! (Revolt Week 4)

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As you know, I’ve been participating in a health and wellness program called Revolt Fitness for the last four weeks. I will be the first to tell you that I did not stick to the diet this week. I am a little embarrassed. I have no excuses. The only takeaway from mishap this week is this: Nichole says that preparation is the key to success and she is absolutely right. Not having meals prepared ahead of time led to a lot of eating out and even though I still ate a relatively healthy diet, it was most definitely not the clean eating I’ve become accustomed to (and have grown to love) on Revolt. I don’t want to talk about how much I sucked this week (because, let’s be honest, neither of us wants that). Instead, I want to talk about one of my biggest struggles: Drinking enough water.

While doing the workouts associated with Revolt, we’re encouraged to drink at least a gallon of water a day. A day. I, like many of you I’m sure, find it really hard to get in enough. When I do, I’m constantly losing track of how much I’ve actually had. I wanted to share a few fast facts on why water is such a vital part of our overall health. According to this article on WebMD water maintains the fluid balance in your body, controls your calorie intake (by helping you feel more full), gives your muscles energy, promotes clear skin, keeps your kidneys healthy, and helps your bowels (yup, you read that right). I would encourage you all to actually read that article (it’ll make me feel slightly better about using their information if you do).

Just for kicks, I calculated how much liquid I drank today. 8oz of water, 56oz unsweet tea, 80z sweet tea, and 12oz of Diet Coke. If I can drink 84 ounces of liquid in one day, surely I can drink a gallon of water. Right?! So I’m making that my wellness goal for the week: drink enough water.

Also on my goal list: Follow diet and fitness plan for the week.

No slip ups. No excuses. 

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at ItsAnOrdinaryBlog@gmail.com with any questions. 

Giveaways, Health & Wellness

It’s a Fabulous Giveaway: Fit Into Summer!

Happy Monday, Everyone! I typically post a weekly rant called Mad About It Mondays but I’ve taken a break for the last couple of weeks and am so excited to announce that I, along with some fantastic bloggers I know, have an amazing giveaway for you. As you know, I’ve been participating in a health and wellness program called Revolt (you can find my latest post about it here).  Take a look at what we have for you:

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Grand Prize Pack

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First Place

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Second Place

A huge, huge thank you to all of our incredible sponsors for helping make this giveaway possible!

Be sure to check out these fantastic bloggers, all of whom are participating in the Revolt program with me.

www.rickabamboo.com , www.momsvacationspots.net, www.rockindeals4you.com, www.everythingforana.com, www.mythreebittles.com, www.mommyfever.com,

www.the-healthy-wife.com, www.itsanordinaryblog.com, www.colormecrystal.com, shoesfashionfitness.com, www.wedonthaveitall.com, www.momsmadhouse.com

www.purplekittie.com/blog, www.myfrugalwife.com, www.ohjuststopalready.com, stayathomenation.blogspot.com, www.dandygiveaway.com

All three winners will be randomly selected on June 10th at 10:59pm CST.

I hope you’re all as excited as I am! Follow the link below to enter and good luck! Ready, set, go!

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I Really Should Be Asleep… (Revolt Week 3 Review)

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may remember that I’m participating in a 12 week wellness challenge (“uprising”) called Revolt Now Fitness. We’re now in week three but, in case you missed out, you can find my first two posts here: Revolt Now Fitness Review Week One and The Power Of a Workout (Week 2). This week I wanted to talk about something that I didn’t realize the importance of until now…sleep. When I started this program, Nichole (trainer, owner, wellness extraordinaire) talked about the importance of getting enough sleep for overall health. So many of us (myself included) don’t get enough rest and it really does take a toll on our bodies. My first two weeks on Revolt were great. I had a few hiccups (a coffee, a piece of chocolate here or there) but I didn’t half ass it. This week hasn’t been so easy for me (you may have noticed that I haven’t been around as much). I’ve been feeling really run down and, overall, just kind of a mess.

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The only thing I can attribute to the way that I’ve been feeling is the lack of sleep I’ve been dealing with. The worst part of it all is that I have no excuses. My daughter’s sleeping habits haven’t changed, our house is quiet and safe at night, and we keep our temperature around 70 (which, they say, is a good sleeping temperature). It’s something internal. I’m thinking that I might try meditation next week before bed to try and get back into focus and find some sort of a normal sleeping pattern (hopefully). I’ve found that when I don’t get enough sleep, it ruins my whole day. Even if I eat well and find time to get in a good workout, that missing element still impacts me. I feel run down, unmotivated, and (in time) unwell.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get anywhere between 7 and 9 hours of restful sleep every night (even though there is no ‘magic’ number). Lack of sleep can lead to a variety of health related issues like an increased body max index, cardiovascular problems, depression, and diabetes. Pretty scary, huh?!

I am making it my mission for the next week to hit the hay at a reasonable hour and, hopefully, get enough of those wonderful zzz’s every night. Care to join me?!

Speaking of join….A new cycle of Revolt starts in early June. If you’ve been thinking about starting up a new fitness program, connect with me on Facebook and I’ll send you an affiliate link to sign up. {SPOILER ALERT} I’m going to be participating in an INCREDIBLE giveaway with some of my new blogger friends from Revolt so be on the lookout for that soon. Trust me, you will NOT want to miss out on this.

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at ItsAnOrdinaryBlog@gmail.com with any questions. 

Health & Wellness

The Power Of A Workout (Week 2 with Revolt)

Monday 6 May 2013

If you’re like me (out-of-shape-mom-of-a-toddler) you know how ‘those days’ feel. You’re exhausted, not really feeling 100%, and the prospect of a tough workout that you’re not certain you can do seems so incredibly daunting. That was me today. For the first time in my blogging adventure I’m writing a pre-note almost a week ahead of when I plan to write a post because I think this is important. I woke up this morning and had, what I thought, was a huge breakfast. “Okay,” I said, “I trust that Nichole knows what she’s talking about so I’ll eat it.”  It wasn’t until later on in the morning that I realized I’d made a huge mistake:

I am an idiot. I don’t know how I misread the 4 tbsp of ground turkey sausage for 4 ounces. My mishap ended up giving me twice as much meat as I was supposed to have (4 tbsp = 2 ounces). I decided I would skip the protein that I was supposed to have later in the afternoon since I’d had so much with breakfast. A few hours later, I had lunch. A couple hours after that I ended up taking a nap with C and I woke up feeling horrible. I was exhausted. Still full. Working out and eating were the last things on my mind. But I’m no quitter and so when my husband got home from work I forced myself to get in my workout. Mountain climbers, reverse lunges, high knees, thrusters, and several other cardio movements (which you do in repeating circuits) later, I feel amazing.

I never, ever, in a million years, thought that a difficult workout would give me the energy I’ve been missing all day. So as you go on to read my post for this week keep this in mind. Maybe you’re wondering if Revolt is right for you or maybe you just need that motivation to get off the couch (once you’re done with this post, of course): Do it. I’m not in the best physical shape of my life. I’m overweight (like almost 75% of us here in America) and I haven’t been a hard core gym go-er. So you can relate?! Trust me when I say that what I learned today is that, even when it seems like the farthest thing from what you think you want to do, a good workout may be exactly what you need. If I can do it, so can you!

Revolt Now Fitness

If there’s anything that I learned from this week it’s this: Just keep moving.

Has my week been perfect?! No. Did I go for that Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte on Wednesday?! You bet. Have I had slip ups? Yes. But I’m still going. I’m making the time to do good things for my body, to get stronger and to learn about what it means to be healthier, better. I amazed even myself last night when I did my minute and fifteen second plank with no problems (something I wouldn’t have been able to get to a couple of weeks ago) followed by my daily May Squat challenge and then my Revolt workout. This isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but it’s worth every drop of sweat and every sore muscle to know that I’m stronger than I was yesterday and I’ll be even better tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that…

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at ItsAnOrdinaryBlog@gmail.com with any questions.