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Fairy Healthy Life

Runner, Yoga Enthusiast, Fitness Fanatic who loves living an active life to inspire those around her.

The Flex Belt {Review}

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from The Flex Belt by BMR. As with everything I share with you, opinions are my own.

Abs. It’s something all of us who live a fit life would like. For most of us, they are the hardest part of our bodies to build. Especially if you are a woman who has kids. I’ve always been taught and know the way to a flat stomach is with diet and exercise. Especially diet. I can see the difference in my body when I don’t eat what I should. It always first starts in my stomach. I feel bloated and uncomfortable.

When I first read the e-mail from Flex Belt asking if I would like to review the product, I immediately just put it to the side and thought, oh sure this is going to give me abs. Then after coming across it again a few days later, it came to my mind that maybe I should review this product. How else will everyday people know if it works or not before spending money on it?

It came in a few days later. Before I could do anything, I had to charge the remote that connects to the sensors. This is how it works; The Flex Belt strengthens your stomach muscles using medical grade Electronic Stimulation Technology. A recommended session is 30 minutes.

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It comes with a bag to carry the belt. The plastic clear covers you see are over the extremely sticky sensors you stick on your skin. The manual has very understandable, straight forward directions. Inside the owner’s manual there is a 30 day plan of how much intensity you should use per day. There are also 10 training programs. Let me tell you, those vibrations are intense! I begin to feel it around 50 contractions. It goes up to 150 contractions sent to ab muscles. I’m not ready to go there yet.

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To me it feels as if you’re going to get a cramp in your stomach from laughing so much. That dissipates and comes back every few seconds.

I love that they clearly say, “Our motto is, eat right, exercise and use the Flex Belt”. That is so important to remember. It is recommended to use the Flex Belt 5 days a week for 8 weeks to see results. I think that sounds about right. I have been using it for 3 weeks (for review purposes). I’m looking forward to see how I feel in a few more weeks. The difference I feel so far is from the inside out especially in my obliques. I’ve also added some extra core work to my training and I feel stronger and like I can go longer when I perform those exercises. That’s important to me.

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I’d recommend this product for those who feel they have hit a plateau with regards to ab training or those beginning to train their core along with added core training like a H.I.I.T (high intensity interval training) plan.

To read more or purchase The Flex Belt, visit: http://www.theflexbelt.com/?mcp=12363

A few updates

I’ve had so many thoughts jumbled in my head over these past few months but nothing that felt concrete enough to put into a blog post. I also didn’t have any energy to put one together. After I had my IUD birth control removed, my doctor prescribed me a new form of birth control. The pill. It was so bad. I hadn’t felt so horrible for an extended amount of time like that in quite a while. This lasted 2 months.

I had nausea, headaches, stomach aches and dizziness everyday for those 2 months. The only thing that made me feel better was either going to sleep or vomiting. I felt like I was pregnant in my first trimester.

I just wanted enough energy to teach my yoga classes. There were times I taught the simplest poses just because I felt so beat down. I know my students thought, what’s wrong with her?

My hips were starting to feel better but I couldn’t run. I hit a slump. I didn’t want to run and I didn’t want to blog. I didn’t feel like myself anymore. I tried writing and it just didn’t feel like the words were coming from my regular self. I was, and sort of still am frustrated. I continued going to the gym and did what I could. I probably had 3 good runs in those 2 months. I’m a fitness professional so I know what workouts to do even at low energy. I thought being active would make me feel better. I was starting to feel my body gain weight and I think that was probably my breaking point. I didn’t want to return to my old self from 5 years ago, although I knew deep inside that wouldn’t happen. I knew I couldn’t continue taking this pill any longer. My body didn’t like it.

I stopped taking it last week. Labor Day to be exact. Slowly the headaches started to disappear. This is the first week I’m feeling back to normal. My energy is starting to come back and I have a sense of relief. I’ll be going back to the doctor to see what other options I have. Although I’m very apprehensive to try anything else. Any advice you have would be appreciated!

I need my energy back to teach all of my yoga classes. To update you, I am teaching everyday now. I absolutely love seeing everyone progress through the months that pass. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year that I’ve been teaching yoga. I gain so much love and appreciation from each class. It’s hard to describe.

I want to get back to running. I miss it so much. I feel sad without it. With all honesty though, I’m not ready yet. My sciatic nerve still bothers me from time to time. I think it’s best to let it fully heal. It’s almost there. I try every week to see if I can run. Sometimes I can, and sometimes I have to stop because of the pressure I feel in my back. Trail running helps with that. I barely feel any pain on the trails. I must do it more often.

Feeling sick like that taught me foreign objects or added hormones don’t work so well with my body. I’ve also learned I don’t need to work out every single day if my body doesn’t feel good. Pushing will just make it worse. I would tell any other person who was going through this to rest and to take it easy. But of course I didn’t realize how hard that would be until going through it.

I’m hoping for better days and back to regular blogging!

My birth control was keeping me from running

After I ran Zooma, you may have noticed I slowly decreased my running. Then I had to just stop. I have a pretty high tolerance for pain but I knew there was something going on with my body that I couldn’t seem to find the answer to. All the rest I was doing wasn’t helping one bit. It actually seemed to be getting worse.

I was so frustrated. And that was killing me mentally. I was taking a lot of naps. Very unusual for me. I broke down and shed a few tears at the gym one morning. My mind was not connecting with my body. I wanted to do what I’ve been accustom to doing, but my body said no.

I was still visiting the chiropractor every week, but the pain in my lower back and hips was actually getting worse. I just wanted to know what it was, so I could get started on fixing it. About 2 weeks ago, each day I woke up, the pain was escalating. It took me a few minutes to get out of bed because I felt like I needed to stretch before I could even stand up.

Then there was one evening I was looking through my Facebook feed. I belong to a group for yoga instructors. There was a woman giving an update to pain she was having in her hips, especially the joints in that area. She said she took out her IUD (a type of birth control that is injected in the cervix). I thought well that could be me because that’s the kind of birth control I have. So I immediately looked it up. I was in complete shock looking at all of the forums and links of women who said they were in so much pain until they too had their birth control removed! I just kept shaking my head. I was speechless. I knew now my birth control was keeping me from running. Keeping me from my active lifestyle that I love so much.

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The next morning I made an appointment to have it removed. I just needed it out to see if that was really it. I had mine for about 6 1/2 years. Ever since Amani was born. That’s a long time. The type I had, was made with copper and was supposed to last up to 10 years.

The gynecologist told me he had never really heard of anything like that. But I know my body and I know when something is not right. That’s why I always say you should be in tune with your body. Only you can know when something is wrong.

It turned out that I was having an allergic reaction to the copper. It was causing inflammation to my joints and nerves. Well no wonder!

I didn’t feel that much relief right away, just a little bit. But as the days went on, each day I felt so much better. My energy was beginning to increase. I didn’t feel like I needed to take a nap everyday anymore just to relieve the pain.

I began running again too. I’m keeping my mileage low and just doing what I can. I know it’s going to take a little bit of time to get back to where I was. I’m okay with that. I’m just happy to be able to do what I love. I’m still having some pain from my sciatic nerve. I’m stretching it more often along with foam rolling.

Deciding to share this took some thought. I knew I was going to do it, but I was still a little nervous. It’s pretty personal but I know someone else is probably going through the same pain I was. And I’m sure they have no idea where it could be coming from. This is why I’m sharing this part of my life. I hope you can share it with someone who may be going through this as well.

Building A Muscular Physique

I realize I’m not a bodybuilder or anything close to that. But I feel like through my journey I have learned a few things on how to add lean muscle to my body while still looking feminine. There is still a huge false belief that because you lift weights you are going to become huge. That is not true at all! Don’t let anyone convince you of that. Female body builders have a hard time putting on muscle because we don’t have testosterone and some take testosterone to build that much muscle.

Lifting weights and adding a strength training regimen to your workouts will give you lean muscle and actually may help some women lose weight. Your body is constantly burning calories when you have more muscle mass. And because of that, you need to eat more!! You can’t starve your body if you want to add muscle to it. It just won’t work. You don’t have to eat perfectly healthy, but you do have to make changes.

If you are feeling hungrier throughout the day or wake up really hungry, that is a sign that you are not eating enough. Your body is working harder because of  your workouts. That doesn’t mean you should add empty calories. You need some carbohydrates. If you feel like you are already eating clean, you can add in a few more healthy foods. I really suggest staying away from meal replacement shakes. There’s too much crap in that stuff and you don’t want that in your body.

Try adding:

  • A slice of whole grain bread for breakfast
  • An extra serving of vegetables for lunch
  • a protein shake as a mid-day snack
  • Making hard boiled eggs and snacking on them throughout the day for extra protein.
  • Add in healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil or almond butter.

Depending on the season, go with fruits and vegetables that are easily available. You’ll save money and it’s better for you. With it being summer, there is a lot more variety so that you don’t get bored with your meals. Chop up your fruits and vegetables at the beginning of the week to save on time and clean up.

When it comes to exercise, I like having workouts for myself and my clients that involve a majority of body weight exercises. Sure, I like to add extra weight as well but body weight training is the best for building core and overall body strength. It is more difficult, but it works.

A few exercises I love are:

  • Push ups and pull ups
  • burpees and mountain climbers
  • Squats with a jump variation
  • Yoga!

Yoga is so great for building a strong lean physique! People are always so surprised when I tell them that. The biggest thing that has helped sculpt my shoulders is handstands. I know they are not easy but if you are consistent (even against the wall) they will make a huge difference in your upper body and core strength as well.

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With yoga, you are constantly using all of the muscles in your body to breathe, focus on alignment to hold a pose and slowly lengthening those muscles. A great example is downward facing dog.

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As you can see, each muscle is being stretched. If you breathe correctly, you should be able to lengthen even more and reach deeper into the pose and stretch those muscles even more by bringing your chest closer to your legs.

There are endless yoga poses that can help build a stronger physique. One of the main reasons I love yoga. Same goes for body weight training.

*Disclaimer: I am a personal trainer and yoga instructor. I am not a nutritionist. Always seek professional advice before beginning a new fitness or health program.

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