You Can’t Go Shopping for a Body

How many times have you looked through a fitness model’s Facebook or Instagram account, liked what you saw and purchased their coaching or nutrition/workout plans? (If you even considered purchasing, but never did, we will still count it!)

Yep, guilty. When I first started getting into the fitness thing, I started following ‘fitness icons’. I was always tempted to buy the plan that the girl with my dream body was selling. Why? Because I wanted her body! I wanted to look just like her, so of course, I figured if I bought her plan, I would.

Unfortunately, you can’t ‘shop for a body’. You can’t assume that if you get this girls’ plan that you will end up looking like her for several reasons:

1. Your body is different to her body (and everyone else’s for that matter).

I’m sorry to break it to you, but you can’t assume that you can just get anyone’s body shape. Some girls have wider hips, some girls have narrower hips, some girls carry weight in their lower body, some girls carry it in their midsection, some girls have a smaller bone structure, some girls have a bigger bone structure… you get the point, right? We all have different bodies- no one has the same body as you, no one. You are your own individual. So, to assume that you can get the body of someone else is silly. You can’t- you can develop the same training and diet regime as someone else, but that doesn’t mean you will end up looking like her. Your body will probably change, yes, but it won’t make the exact same changes that your idol’s body made… because your body shape, function, genetics etc is different. Please stop trying to ‘shop’ for a body… its unrealistic.

2. She may not be giving you the whole story on her training/nutrition techniques.

I’ve touched on this subject before and it still applies, how do you know if this girl is telling you the truth? How do you know that the plan she is selling you is what she did to get her body? If she is anything like me, it took her years to get to where her body is now. I have done several different weight lifting routines and regimes to get to where I am. I sure wasn’t doing the plan I do now when I first started. It took a long time, so not one single ‘3 month’ plan is necessarily going to get you to where your idol’s body is. It may give you a great start for sure, but don’t expect to get ‘her body’ at the end of your plan.

Be careful who you follow

3. She may be giving you some extreme, cookie cutter plan that will actually harm you in the long run.

Lastly, where does this girl come from and what credentials does she have? How long has she been a coach? Who has she worked with? What are her diet and training philosophies? Do they sound healthy to you? Do they sound sustainable? It’s important to look at what this girl believes in in regards to diet and training. Before you go ahead and buy something from her, ask her what her coaching style is like… What should you expect? If she gives out strict meal plans telling you exactly what to eat and when to eat… does that really sound like something you can maintain for life? What are you going to do after the ‘plan’ has ended?

I’ll tell you one thing, my goal as a coach isn’t to give you a plan and tell you to “do this” with no questions asked. I want you to learn. I want you to work yourself. This is an educational experience for yourself. Why? So that you don’t have to keep paying me forever and you can do it on your own! So, if you are looking for a strict cookie cutter diet plan, we would not be a good fit for each other.

I’m not trying to tell you that you can’t accomplish your goals and dreams, but I’m just trying to give you a more realistic outlook on them. Instead of focusing on looking like someone else, focus on looking the best you can be, or just the place where you feel the happiest and most confident. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to look like your fitness idol and making an impulsive decision to buy her plan.

I want you to instead, focus on her training and diet philosophies. If they are something you think would be a good fit for your lifestyle, then you should go for it, but you shouldn’t go for it just because you want to look exactly like her.

 

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

How You Can Organize your Fitness Lifestyle in 5 Steps

The hardest part about setting a goal is getting started. I think we can all agree on that whether that goal be work related, fitness related, family related etc… When I gave myself the goal of getting into weight lifting and shaping up my body, it sure wasn’t easy for me. I still remember the first time I set foot into the gym, bypassed the treadmill and headed to the weights section… I still get chills thinking about how scared I was.

So, just like you, I didn’t go from complete newbie to ‘experienced’ in an instant. I had to swallow up my fear and just get started. Whether you are embarking on a new fitness goal now, or whether you need some more motivation to keep going, I have 5 tips for you…

Organizing your fitness lifestyle is easy in just 5 steps. Write down your goals.

How to Organize Your Fitness Lifestyle in 5 Steps:

  1. Determine your goal. Obviously you can’t get started on something if you don’t even know why you’re doing it. Determine what your main goal is…Is it to add on muscle mass? Is it to lose body fat? Is it to gain strength? Is it to just feel better about yourself? Pick your goal.
  2. Seek out help. If it’s fitness related, who is going to coach you? Where are you getting your plan? Remember to BE careful about who you get your help from. You can’t start if you don’t have anything to start with.
  3. Pick your golden workout time. The golden workout time is that time where you feel your best mentally and physically. The time where you can really focus on your workout and put in your all. For some, this may be early in the morning, for others it may be during your lunch break, or in the evening. Find what works for you. Personally, it has to be either in the morning after I’ve had a small pre-workout snack, or in the afternoon. Anything past 4pm and I’m not on the ball.
  4. Organize your motivation. Find just a few resources that can give you some motivation when you are feeling a bit ‘blah’. I touched upon some good sources of motivation here, but there are tons of other different ways to stay motivated too. The best way to get me motivated is to think of how good I will feel afterwards… you cannot beat that feeling!
  5. Find your ‘slump’ solution. We all get into slumps. What can you get out of it? A new workout song? A new pair of workout gear? Moving your rest day/s to today instead of tomorrow? Seeing a friend? There are many things you can do when you feel you are stuck in a slump. Be proactive and do something to get out of it. If you just keep ‘slumping’, you are digging yourself into a deep, deep hole.

So, who’s ready to get going? Stop complaining, stop making excuses and just START with these 5 steps. You’re not going to get anywhere just thinking about it.

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

What is the Difference Between Counting Macronutrients and Calories?

So, I’m pretty sure the most frequently asked question I get is “What is the difference between counting macronutrients and calories?” I’ve addressed this topic several times on my Facebook page, but thanks to your recommendations, I am writing a full post about it!

What is the difference between counting macronutrients and calories?

The short answer is, there isn’t really a *difference* when it comes to the total amount of energy you are eating. But, before you get all confused, let me try to break it down here…

Calories are units of energy that our bodies use to function. All foods have calories and that is why we eat food so that we can get energy that our bodies can use to function. So where do macronutrients come into play here? Macronutrients are what make up the caloric content of a food. Every food is comprised of the 3 macronutrients: Fat, Carbohydrate and Protein. Not every food has an equal amount of each macro, which is why you see things like “Good sources of carbs: Fruit, Bread, Oatmeal” Because some foods are richer in one macronutrient over another…

Each macronutrient has a caloric value per gram. Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram, Protein has 4 calories per gram and Fat has 9 calories per gram. So, when you see a food wrapper and it tells you how many calories are in the whole thing, those calories are coming from fat, carbs and protein since all food is made up of those 3 macronutrients. The caloric content of the food is simply calculated by multiplying the number of grams of each macronutrient by the caloric content per gram and adding them all up. Let’s take this Yogurt Nutrition Label for instance: difference between calories and macronutrientssource We can see that the whole yogurt container has 102 calories. How did we get this number? 1.1g fat , so we take 9 calories per gram x 1.1= 9.9 calories from fat 19.1g carbs, so we take 4 calories per gram x 19.1= 76.4 calories from carbs 4.4g protein, so we take 4 calories per gram x 4.4= 17.6 calories from protein Now, add these all up (9.9+76.4+17.6)= about 103 calories, which is basically the amount on the calorie label. *NOTE: Some food labels subtract the calories from fiber in the total calorie amount, so if something has 3g fiber… the total calorie content listed will be about 12 calories less than if you did the math yourself. Don’t be fooled- fiber should still count and while its caloric content per gram is slightly less (about 3 cals per gram), it’s still counted as a carb when tracking macros.*

So, it’s not like the calorie total of food comes from nowhere. It comes from the combination of fat, carbs and protein that make up the food. Since our bodies metabolize each macronutrient differently, it’s more important to get the right balance of each macronutrient if you want to feel and perform your best. Sure, you can just count to a caloric total of say, 2000 calories a day and each whatever combination of macros to get to 2000 calories, OR you can still count to a total of 2000 calories a day, but count WHERE the calories are coming from by tracking the amount of each macro you eat to get to 2000 calories. So you would eat say 225g carbs, 175g protein and 45g fat, which still equates to 2000 calories (225×4) + (175×4) + (45×9)= about 2000 calories.

Both mean you are eating the same amount of calories per day, but one means you may not be getting a good balance and therefore not feeling too great, while the other means you will be feeling more balanced and energized. For example, if you end up just trying to hit 2000 calories. You could be eating 2000 calories of low fat, high protein and low carb foods and you will then probably feel very lethargic and irritable. So, this is why I recommend hitting macronutrient targets per day over just trying to hit a calorie target per day. Both ways will still control the amount of calories you are eating, but by counting macros you are ensuring a much better balance of the 3 macros, which will not only help you feel better, but also will help you physique wise since your body will utilize the macronutrients for difference purposes.

Hopefully, this helped clear some confusion up. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you think you are ready to try a macronutrient controlled diet, that is exactly what I do with my nutrition coaching, so drop me a note and we can see if it is the right step for you :)

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

My Absolute Favorite Posts of 2013.

Believe it or not, a new year is just around the corner! I post a lot of my favorite articles weekly on my Facebook page, but I know you can’t always see those posts, so I decided to go ahead and write this post with all of my favorite fitness/health/body image/misc posts of 2013.

Without any further introduction, here we go!

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Food: Its Not Just Physical, It’s Psychological by Dr. Layne Norton

Fitness Taglines and Trends: What’s the Real Message? By Julia Ladewski

7 Stepping Stones to Body Love by Suzanne at Workout Nirvana

7 Habits of the Perpetually Lean and Happy by Sohee Lee

Terrible Coaches in the Fitness Industry by Dr. Layne Norton

7 Easy Tips You Can Use to Stop Binge Eating Today by Armi Legge

I’m Finally Thin- But is Living in a Crazymaking Food Prison Really Worth It? by Rachel Zimmerman

Macros Over Meal Plans by Sohee Lee

Why “Clean Eating” Is a Myth by Armi Legge

The Top Five Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes by Brooke Thomas

The IIFYM Directory by Jodie

 My Last Cheat I SWEAR Approach: How I Stopped Binging by Josie Mai

Why Lifting Weights Lets You Eat More Carbs and All About Metabolism by Fitness Baddie

 

…And the most popular posts from my blog:

The Truth About Fitspiration

Nutrition Isn’t Simple

That Fitness Girl is Lying to You

 

Well, I think that gives you enough reading to do… so, get going!

 

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

Are You Happy?

This is pretty important, so I would listen up.

I’d say I take things to the extreme most of the time. I have an idea and I run with it, real hard. I don’t look back, I don’t look around me, I just GO.

Yes, there are benefits to this… I get things done efficiently and I get things done, period. However, over time I have slowly come to learn that there are many drawbacks to this, especially in how it has related to my fitness goals.

Sure, its awesome to have a goal in anything. I’m talking more about goals in fitness here like prepping for a competition, hitting X body fat, gaining X amount of muscle, getting to X weight etc… , but in my experience, you have to find the fine balance between having goals while still having other things to focus on AND being okay with not having a goal at a certain point in time.

First lets discuss having a goal while still having other things to focus on…

Let’s look at two scenarios:

1.You have a goal (getting to X body fat for example). You have a schedule and a routine that’s working and you do it religiously. You only keep your head focused on the goal- you don’t care if that means having to miss out on things that will deter you from your schedule or throw you off in anyway. You may try and rationalize that its ‘worth it’, but is it really? Once you get to your goal are you like…

“Yeah! So glad I missed out on all those social events, so glad I cancelled appointments/events to hit the gym because I hit my goal quicker!”

You may think this for like… a week… and then you are probably going to start thinking “so, what now?”. You did it, woo! But, now you are kind of lonely, you went MIA for a while and you’re not really sure what to do. You get this feeling that you need to now search for something else, search for another goal, or something to grab onto since you lost contact/opportunities to meet new people/friends who you could grab onto for support.

OR

2. You have a goal (getting to X body fat for example). You have a schedule and a routine that’s working for you and you do it religiously. You keep your head focused on your goal, BUT you also know that there are other things in life that are healthy for you that you focus on too. So, if that means you have to estimate macros one day because you went to a dinner party, then that’s okay… if that means you have to miss a few workouts, then that’s okay. You still get to your goal– maybe a few months later, or a few weeks later, or maybe not even later at all! And once you get to your goal, you haven’t been MIA, you haven’t missed out and you don’t feel the need to search for something else to grab onto because you have that support system-you have that outlet already. Things feel more balanced.

Which scenario sounds better to you?

Secondly, I just want to stress that it’s okay not to have a fitness goal! You don’t need to be constantly searching for a new goal once you’ve completed one. You did a show, great! Now, just maintain- live life- workout, stay fit, feel great and be happy. You got to X weight- awesome! Now, if you feel good- just keep it that way! When you feel ready to take on a new goal, go for it. Having that time to just maintain and live is refreshing. It prepares you better for when you are ready to take on a new goal.

Ah, I didn’t want this to be a long post, but I really wanted to stress these points as they are things I have learned in my experience. As I said earlier, I used to only keep my head forward and I always had to have a goal. These two things combined left me feeling isolated and alone. While it felt good to accomplish so many things so quickly, I wish I had balanced it more.

You can still get things done- you can still accomplish your goals, but in the long run, you need to be happy the whole way through. You need to be happy forever, period.

Don’t push away things that will make you happy in the long run, just to accomplish a goal in the short run.

Oh, and if you’re reading this post and thinking, “Maybe Carrie couldn’t find the balance, but I can”, then, I don’t blame you. I used to think the same, but well… here I am writing this post!

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

Nutrition Isn’t Simple (You Probably Won’t Like Me After This Post)

I’m going to be real here, you probably won’t like me after you read this post.

Why?

Because I’m about to tell you that what you have been doing for many years is pointless.

And sure, maybe you won’t believe me, but I wish someone had told me this when I was doing exactly what you are doing now.

Here’s the scoop:

Eating/nutrition is not simple. You look in the latest magazines for healthy eating tips, you mark ‘health’ as a topic of interst on stumpleupon to get the latest flat belly tricks, you follow fitness pages for a ‘2 week detox diet to lose 10 pounds’… you get what I mean here.

While there are many videos, blogs, aritcles, tips and tricks online these days, they are forgetting to tell you just one thing: “Nutrition isn’t as simple as I am making it seem in this (video, tip, trick)”

It’s not as simple as switching from regular soda to diet soda.

It’s not as simple as using fat free milk in your coffee over 2%.

It’s not as simple as drinking fruit smoothies for 5 days straight.

It’s not as simple as not eating carbs past 6pm.

In fact, these little tips and tricks (which in fact are usually full of crap and backed by no/little science) are making nutrition much more complicated.

So, let me try and make it a little easier for you to understand…

What Actually Matters

  1. Everybody requires different energy needs (calorie needs)

This can be based on age, height, expenditure amounts, efficiency of metabolism, weight, lifestyle etc…

2. Food is comprised of fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Fruit has sugar, cocoa puffs have sugar, at the end of the day, sugar is still sugar and the body will metabolize it as such.

3. You need a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat per day (determined by the above factors)

That’s it. You need to just eat food. By eating food, you will get your daily protein, carbs and fat. Track these to fit your daily amounts and you are golden.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, it is, but the practice takes time. It takes trial, it takes error… it takes patience and persistance… and that is not so simple.

So, as easy as it is to fall for these simple tricks you read about, you actually make the situation so much more complicated by combining all these crap tips and tricks and hoping for a quick outcome. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work like that.

Nutrition isn’t just about some fad diet, or some quick fix. Long term health and results comes from guidance, patience and work. Stop making it seem so simple and get to work!

 

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

6 No Fail Ways to Stay Motivated

Do you ever just feel like utter crap?

I sure do sometimes.

And sometimes this feeling lasts for weeks!

So, how can you cope with it? How can you stay motivated? How can you keep hitting the gym when all you want to do is cuddle in bed all day?

Well, I sure don’t have all the answers, but I do have some tips that may help you during these unfortunate times…

 1. Write down how you feel. Just write. I know, it sounds silly and you’re probably thinking to yourself “what a waste of time, Carrie. That’s just silly”, but trust me, it works. Here’s an idea of what I mean…

 “I’m so mad. I did terrible on my exam, I got practically no sleep last night and I feel disgusting. I just want to go to bed, throw a pillow over my head and sleep for the rest of my life. This sucks. This totally sucks. I don’t want to go to the gym. Ew. Gross. Goodbye”

Yes, it sounds silly, but getting it out helps sometimes. It clears the head and allows the positive thoughts to trickle in. P.S. The above example is true and happened to me one day!

 2. Put reminders in your phone. Leading up to my photo shoot and bikini compeition, I had three reminders each day on my phone that went a little something like this…

 “Stay motivated, Carrie! Think confident, lean and happy on stage! Think of Jamie Eason and Amanda Adams- you want to be a model like those two one day!”

This technique helps a TON. You are constantly reminded of your goals, so there is no excuse to get off track.

3. Hang photos of your inspiration around your room. For a while, I had pictures of my favorite fitness models to motivate me for my photo shoot. Seeing them everyday reminded me of my goal. Warning: Be careful who you choose for inspiration!

4. Tell a friend. Whether it be a friend or a family member. Tell them your goal/s! They may not understand or get it, but friends and family are there to support you no matter what. Telling someone keeps yourself accountable. Better yet, blog about it, post about it on social media. Why do you think I post so frequently on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts? Because it helps me stay motivated!

5. Every night list the positve changes you’ve noticed since starting your plan. It’s easy to be hard on yourself, so focusing on the good will help you stay motivated. Does your arm feel stronger? Does your body look leaner? Are you feeling happier? Are you adding muscle shape to your body? Write these down! Allow yourself to feel proud.

6. Talk to me! I want to help you achieve your dreams. Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email. Don’t be shy, seriously!

How do these sound? Try one, try all! Keep this list, so you can refer back to it when you are feeling de-motivated.

 

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

Why I Will Not Do Contest Prep Coaching

I get quite a few inquiries about contest prep coaching. I have no problem explaining this to each girl who emails me, but I want to express my reasons here as well.

I have competed in ONE bikini competition in my life and I was under the guidance of Layne Norton for it. Sure, I learned how to ‘do’ peak week. How to train, how to manipulate my macros, water etc., but under no circumstances am I now an expert on contest preparation and feel that I can coach others through it.

Competing is a big deal and it should not be taken lightly. You are putting your body through a lot of stress. Even though I have competed and I have an idea of what it is like, I know I am not qualified to coach someone through one. It would be easy for me to say ‘Sure!’ to the inquiries and to take someone’s money (which unfortunately, a lot of coaches do), but that is not what I am about and that is not what I stand for.

That said, if you do want to compete and want any tips or advice on suits, makeup artists, what to bring to the show etc. I am more than happy to give you my input!

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

TONED Pre Workout Drink: My Thoughts!

When I was contacted by Unico Nutrition to try out their pre workout for women drink, TONED, I wasn’t too sure what to think. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Unico Nutrition before, so naturally, I was skeptical on what they had to offer.

Within a few days I had received my TONED Pre workout. My first thought was that the packaging was so vibrant and colorful…so maybe that isn’t really important, but Unico earned some brownie points there 😉

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My first time trying TONED was before a HIIT and Back and Shoulders workout at 6am. Needless to say, I was looking forward to a little boost for my early workout.

I took one scoop of the pink powder and mixed it up with some water and creatine. It tasted delicious! The pre workout is “mountain raspberry” flavored, which I loved. I am sick of the typical pre workout flavors out there like grape and fruit punch, so mountain raspberry was a nice change.

So pretty!

So pretty!

I decided to break down my rating, so you can get a better idea of TONED’s highlights and lowlights…

Taste 9/10

I am PICKY on taste for supplements and I really enjoyed TONED’s sweet and strong taste.

Energy 10/10

So, I’m pretty immune to most pre workouts since I’m a caffeine addict, but I definitely felt a buzz with TONED, which really shocked me. I hadn’t felt a buzz in a while with other pre workouts, but TONED seemed to kick it up a knotch at only 120mg of caffeine per scoop… impressive.

‘Mixibility’ 6/10

It was a little gritty, which I’m not a fan of, so that is why I am scoring TONED low on the ‘mixibility’ scale.

Value 3/10

TONED is pretty expensive compared to most pre workouts. It does have the added benefits of iron and aminos, but it is still pretty pricey in my opinion. That said, it’s tasty, effective and really pretty, haha!

Overall, I am impressed with TONED’s taste and effectiveness, however it is a little pricey. Other than that, I have no other complaints! I am excited to see more from Unico Nutrition as this was the first I had heard of them! Thanks, Unico :)

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)

You Need to Do This Right Now

Stop what you’re doing right now.

Okay, well don’t stop yet… finish reading this post first. It’s a short one.

Somehow you came across this blog post. Perhaps you were searching through your Facebook news feed, twitter feed, or perhaps you found this through another person who mentioned this post.

I’m going to take a guess and say that you found this post because you were looking through the fitness pages you follow. If not, then you can “command W” on me and leave because this won’t apply to you (thanks for reading up to here though!)

For the rest of you… stop going through your fitness favorites feed and put your phone/computer away (It is way too easy to pop on Instagram for a second to check out the fitspiration you follow).

Looking at fitspiration, fitness accounts can do more harm than good. Especially if you are doing it as much as I used to do. Go for a walk with a friend, watch a movie with someone, just go out and experience something, non fitness related.

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Get silly with balloons…

Meet up with an old friend...

Meet up with an old friend…

 

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Spend time with the one you love…

Sometimes you need a break. A dose of reality can help a ton when you are feeling overwhelmed in the fitness world.

Now, click that little red ‘x’ button at the top and go out and experience something!

But, before you do that- please share this post if you liked it 😉 Someone out there may need this little reminder too!

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Hi! I'm Carrie. I'm a student, online trainer and personal trainer, but enough of the boring stuff. I have an absolute passion for fitness, but it hasn't always been that way. I struggled with body image and tried my fair share of fad diets and short term fitness trends. The fitness world is confusing, overwhelming and down right silly at times. I am here to help girls focus on the important stuff and learn how to get a lean and toned body without endless hours of cardio and low calorie diets. Don't be shy and say "hi" to me! I'm usually sweet, unless you steal a scoop of my protein powder ;)