I love workout gear. I would much rather buy workout gear than normal everyday clothes. I think I’ve finally found a pant that sucks me in and does NOT fall down. Hallelujah! Here is lululemon’s Fast and Free 7/8 Tight. I have to give credit to the sales woman who helped me. I told her how much I love the Align pant, but they have been slipping down on me lately while I’m working out. She said I should size down in those ORRRRRR…try a new pant with more compression at the waist. The fabric is soft like the Align, but also has the compression I was looking for. And after my workout, I’m proud to say these pants didn’t budge…and it wicked away the sweat much better than the Align. It was leg day so I was doing a ton of squats and then different intensity intervals with jumping, and yep, they stayed put. I highly recommend these pants!
This Twist Around Tank is so fun. I love how long it is (which may be too long for shorter torso gals). The mesh detail is also a plus. This gave me decent support…would probably not run in this, but I felt pretty secure. It’s on sale too, so yay to that!
Instead of wearing my traditional wedding rings to the gym, I opt to wear my Qalo ring. Then I don’t have to worry about my metal bands getting scratched up on the metal of the weights! They have a ton of color options and thicknesses. My fingers are pretty small, so I wear a size 5 (my wedding rings are 4.25).
My FitBit finally crapped out on me, so I opted to get an Apple Watch instead. And I love it! I didn’t know if I would or not, but I am so glad my parents got me one for Christmas!
And if you are looking for a lightweight shoe to wear for lifting, this Asics Metrolytes are a great option. They are seriously light as a feather, but provide great support for your feet. I wouldn’t recommend doing long runs or anything in these though.
Forewarning – if you don’t like feet or pictures of feet, you don’t want to read this post!
Now…to get on to the review…
I saw a blogger talk about her experience with Baby Foot Exfoliation Peel, and I was intrigued. Then a few days later, I saw people.com do a review on it as well. So I thought I better try it!
I wouldn’t say my feet are in horrible shape, but I definitely have a few calluses that are pretty rough – and my typical pedicure never seems to really tackle them. So I thought for the price of a pedicure, I could try this exfoliation treatment. I read a lot of reviews and saw a ton of people’s pictures. Truthfully, they were a little scary! Some people’s feet looked…well…disgusting during the process. But, the after pictures made it all worth it.
So here are my feet before:
I hate the calluses underneath my big toes and on the balls of my feet. My heels are pretty scratchy as well. I know it’s a little hard to see in the picture.
Did I mention I convinced my mom to do it with me? 🙂 She wanted to have smooth feet, too. So each package comes with two booties filled with a jelly substance. The directions recommended you soak your feet in warm water first before putting the booties on…so we soaked for 10 minutes.
Then it was time to put on the booties…and sit. For one hour. And I understand why they don’t want you walking around because the gel substance made you slip around in the booties and you could easily lose your balance.
After the hour, we washed the substance off our feet. And that was it! Now it was time to wait for the peeling to start. In the directions, it said it could take a few days before you start seeing anything happen. And they were right! Mine started to peel before my mom’s due to the fact with how much I work out, my sweaty feet and wearing socks helped get the process started. Mine started three days after I had the booties on, and my mom’s started to peel about five days later.
Here are my feet five days later – and the peel was in full force:
Now, I know there are some of you out there saying “I bet it was so fun to pick the skin off!” The instructions said not to peel it off. Let it happen naturally. So, as hard as it was, I didn’t pick at my feet. See the blue under my feet? Those are the socks I wore constantly when I was home. The socks made my unable to pick.
The tops of my feet didn’t peel too much. It pretty much stopped half way up my toes. Now, the top of my mom’s feet peeled like crazy!! She wasn’t as willing to share pictures 🙂
I was able to hide my peeling by wearing pumps to work. If I would have worn sandals to work and people looked down at my feet, they probably would have looked away in disgust. The skin peeled off a lot on the sides. You should have seen my kids’ faces when I showed them! It was pretty priceless.
So here are the results:
They definitely are so much smoother. The skin just feels new and like the name says, baby like. It helped with my two trouble spots. Although they aren’t gone by any means, they are much better. The flash from the camera also caught the nice shine from the new skin! My mom’s feet are also so much smoother, and she is happy with her results. Her peeling lasted longer than mine, probably nine days.
Unless you don’t mind the peeling, you may want to wait until fall or winter to do the peel. But I highly recommend it. It’s such a great way to get rid of the dead layer of skin on your feet naturally.
Here’s a side-by-side for comparison:
One thing about my fitness routine is I love to mix it up. Free weights, barre fusion, Zumba, TRX, circuit training, at home DVDs, Popsugar online workouts…if I don’t incorporate new things, I get bored easy. But, I’ve also found confusing your muscles is the way to shape them. If you do the same things over and over and over again, you’re going to plateau…and get bored.
A few months ago, I started going to Zumba at my LifeTime. Although I have rhythm and can dance – I was intimidated to go to class at first. I didn’t want to look silly not knowing the steps. But, I put on my big girl workout pants, sucked it up, and went into class with an open mind. And I’m so glad I did – because I feel in love with the class and the instructor! She makes the class. It’s a fun, booty shaking, chest poppin’, sweat fest. I get an incredible workout!
You may be are hesitant to go to class because you don’t know the steps. To help you feel more comfortable – head to YouTube! There are tons of instructional videos that can teach you the steps before you head to class. You can at least learn the basic steps like Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha and more. Here are some videos directly from Zumba’s YouTube channel.
Here are my Zumba class tips:
- Have fun! It doesn’t matter if you can’t get the steps right away, just keeping moving and have fun. The point is to get a great workout.
- Stand in front! Now, I know you don’t want the attention on you, especially if it’s your first time, but get towards the front so you can see the instructor. You won’t learn the steps if you can’t see his/her feet.
- Concentrate on your moves! My instructor does a couple songs during class where we are doing squats or ab work. Concentrate on working your muscles. You’ll get an even better workout. Even when you are circling your hips, for instance, get into a low enough squat so you are working your legs and tighten that core as you circle your hips. Feel the burn even as you dance.
- Give it more than one try! So, you didn’t like the first class. Don’t give up. The more times you go, the easier the steps become. And each class is never the same! You’ll do different songs all the time. Also, if your club or studio has more than one class a week, try a different instructor.
Now get off your booty and try Zumba!!
As I was home sick and subjected to horrible daytime television, I stopped and watched a little bit of Katie. She had Hilaria Baldwin (Alec’s wife) on, who was promoting her new pregnancy yoga DVD.
As I was sitting there watching, I was reminiscing back to the days when I was pregnant – which feels like an eternity ago! As I was one of the first ones of my friends to have a baby (I was pregnant at 23 – uh, yeah, I know, we didn’t wait long after we were married), I really didn’t have anyone to give me any advice. No one to bounce all of those questions off of when it’s your first pregnancy and you’re wondering what the heck is happening to your body!
So I was thinking what my best advice would be for those who are pregnant.
Now, I had some sciatic problems during both of my pregnancies, but my booty should have been walking on the treadmill, walking the dog, or just overall being more active. I’ve had many friends who have exercised throughout, and their labors were much easier…and what everyone wants…they got back into shape much faster after their babies were born.
When I was pregnant with both kiddos, the scale tipped over 200 pounds. (Talk about jaw dropping at the OB’s office those days!!) Now, could I have gained the same amount with exercise, I just might have as some women will gain a lot of weight no matter what they try and do during pregnancy. But when I was pregnant 10 years ago, the health and fitness craze wasn’t what it is today. And I certainly couldn’t go out and “pin” my favorite pregnancy workouts or pull up workout tips on YouTube. So those who are pregnant now, take advantage of all of the techie resources you have and get moving!
Just like how exercise makes you feel better and more energized when you aren’t pregnant will happen when you are. And when you feel somedays like your body isn’t your own anymore, why not try and feel better about yourself and exercise?!
Here’s my pregnancy journey with the boy…I started showing SO much earlier with him.
Did you exercise while you were pregnant? Did it help you bounce back faster?