Summer is just getting started.

It feels like summer is just getting started. In fact, things are really heating up around our part of the world. Time to get out in a swim suit and enjoy cooling off in the pool. Luckily I was sent a Flex Belt to review, just in time for this part of the year.

Everyone wants a nice tummy, but it’s a hard area to work out. And if you are busy with vacations, work, and daily life, it can be hard to find time to do traditional ab workouts. The Flex Belt fixes part of that problem because you can wear it around while you do your work, all the while letting it contract your muscles and work your abs!

Also, it’s the first EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulation) product of its kind cleared by the FDA as a class II medical device for direct to consumer sales. It’s the real deal! In fact, athletes and celebrities use it too, that’s how good it is.

FlexBelt Celebrities

I will be honest, it feels a little strange at first because your muscles are contracting but you aren’t the one causing them to do it! I could feel it though, and I think that the more I use it the better my muscle tone will be.

The FlexBelt is pretty straight forward, and it comes with everything you need. I liked that it even included a nice pouch to keep it in when not in use. The FlexBelt website also has tips and videos to help you get started.

I’ll have to check in with an update in a few weeks when I have been able to consistently use it, but right now my husband and I are kind of fighting over it! Yes, it’s great for men or women!

Have you ever used a FlexBelt? Isn’t it amazing?

Disclosure: I received a FlexBelt in exchange for my honest review.

The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!

5ab0cc63c7194b5b857937090275b47aMy husband and I have been trying to be healthier, and of course a big part of that is making sure that our diet includes good for us foods that actually taste good. Easier said than done, right?

Well, I was very excited to get a copy of The Looneyspoons Collection: Good Food, Good Health, Good Fun!, because the title promises healthy, good, and fun, recipes! But it’s not just the recipes that make this book great, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye!

Not only are there full color photos for most of the recipes (I do wish there had been a photo of each recipe), but there are tips and tricks, and information about why certain ingredients are good for you. Each recipe also have calorie and other information included, which I love to see.

The titles of the recipes are all pretty funny, usually a pun or play on words. I liked that the recipes were divided up in clear ways, such as chicken, or vegetarian, and even a section for things that didn’t really have a section. They have made it easy to find too by color coding the pages in each section so you can easily find what you are looking for while you flip through the book.

And yes, even though this is a healthy cook book, there are desserts! This is sure to become a favorite, go to recipe book, in our household.

*Thanks to Hay House for providing a copy of the book for my review. No other compensation was given, and as always my opinions are my own.*

The Digest Diet

We all want to eat well, and have the energy to do the things we want to do. Of course, looking great while doing it doesn’t hurt either! The Digest Diet won’t be released until September 27th, but we have a copy to give to one lucky reader!

We even had a chance to review the book ourselves, and while we haven’t yet started our The Digest Diet 21-Day Fat Release plan, we did see a lot of great ideas and tricks in the book! We loved that the tips were backed by science and that it simply shows how to identify “fat releasers” and “fat increasers.” I was most excited to read that honey is a good food, because I have a sweet tooth!

The Digest Diet author, Liz Vaccariello, analyzes and condenses decades of research to unveil the surprising truth about weight loss and puts it all into one easy-to-use plan.

  • Beat the sneaky fat increasers that cause “fat creep”
  • Enjoy amazing and delicious fat releasing foods
  • Discover why fast weight loss is safe and effective
  • Stop craving junk food and start craving greens
  • Drop a pound or more a day for 21 days!
  • Delight in the surprising fat-burning power of laughter

Author Bio
Liz Vaccariello, author of The Digest Diet, is editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, which reaches more than 26 million readers. She is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! and 400 Calorie Fix. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachael Ray, and The View. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
For more information please visit http://readersdigest.com/digestdiet.

Now the part you are waiting for! One winner (USA only) will get a copy of The Digest Diet. Just leave a comment on this post before July 8th, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

Plank a Day Challenge!

Recently I discovered that my routine is seriously lacking in the muscle building department. Give me a couple hours of African dance and I can shake my booty with energy to spare! Try to do a pushup however, and I am at a total loss. So with that in mind I am going to do a “Plank-a-Day” challenge this month to try to build my core muscles.

Basically the challenge is exactly what it sounds like. One plank, each day, for as long as you can hold it. I did my first one last night and got near a minute.

Please note, I am not talking about this kind of plank (pretty sure I could hold this for much longer):

There is a great description on how to do a plank here (they also have videos on the site which are worth a look if you haven’t done the move before). It’s not the same as doing one in yoga practice where you are on your hands, but rather you rest your arms on the floor. There are even variations when it becomes easier.

Are you in? It would be fun to have lots of people doing it this month too!