Focusing on Health + Filling in the Gaps

Can you guys believe January is almost over? I’m still reading a lot of “New Year’s Resolutions” posts, and I hope y’all keep them coming. It’s always so motivational to see people making big plans and then tackling them over the course of the year. While I haven’t set any real measurable goals for 2015, I do want to make sure that I focus on a few things. Like I mentioned the other day, I want to treat myself well and worry less about things that don’t matter. One thing that definitely matters to me is my health and well being.

I was recently asked if I would like to work with Centrum® to try out some of their multivitamins while sharing my goals for the year. I quickly agreed because I trust the brand, I like to incorporate multivitamins into my diet, and I’m always down for a chance to talk about myself. I’m kidding. Sort of.

centrum coupon

Just like I supplement my daily physical activity with organized workouts, I add multivitamins to my diet when I think I need a boost. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help me fill in the gaps in my diet. Just check out that rainbow, y’all. Even though I definitely know that they don’t, I like to think that they match up perfectly in this diagram to each fruit or vegetable they might come from.centrum

As much as I try to “eat the rainbow” every day, there are times where I fall short. I’m getting so much better at sneaking vegetables into my breakfasts, but it definitely doesn’t happen every single day. And I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat them then, I’m even less likely to eat them the remainder of the day.

veggie scramble

A multivitamin is a great thing to have around for the days where your diet consists primarily of bread and cheese. And, if you’re like me, that’s more often than you’d like to admit. I mean, I could legitimately live off of grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s a problem. But, in all seriousness, I think most of us can admit that our diets are not always the picture of perfection. Centrum® multivitamins include the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium.

centrum

To better understand why these dietary gaps exist, Prevention and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals.

Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality

Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.

Looking Beyond Calories and Fat

Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%).

Nutrient Emphasis is Limited

Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C top the list of nutrients Americans feel are absolutely needed, while Iron, Calcium and Vitamin D top the list of vitamins and minerals Americans are most concerned they may be lacking, among the 48% who are concerned.

Unwilling to Change

Even if they are concerned their current eating habits are not delivering key vitamins and minerals, Americans do not appear to be changing their eating habits to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet. 60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get. 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy.

Some of what they found is disheartening, but I’m not at all surprised. Even as someone who claims to care about my health, I’m sure I still make poor or uninformed choices all the time. It happens. I don’t excuse those choices by saying I’ll take a multivitamin, but I’m still glad that I have them around when I eat differently than I should. While I was able to try out the Adult multivitamin, I have my eye on the Women’s as well. They both look like they would work well for me. There are several different formulations, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Centrum® website to find the multivitamin that’s right for you and to receive a $4 coupon off your next purchase.

Question: Do you incorporate any multivitamins into your routine? 

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

Weekend Recap: My Favorite Exercise is Lunch

Monday kind of got away from me, y’all. It’s not Tuesday night and I’m just getting around to posting about the weekend. We’ve had a solid chunk of relaxing, lazy weekends and I’m happy to report that I’m not tired of them yet. In honor of my lazy weekend, I’m going to do some lazy blog posting. But, hey, what’s new? Sentence per picture style works for me.

My toddler is going through a serious pancake phase and no one else is complaining.

stonewal kitchen pancakes

I tried a PiYo workout this weekend, but then I couldn’t use my legs again for a few hours.

piyo

It took all of my strength to not type out a mustache joke right now.

mustache mug

We went to see a movie on Saturday, and my son was clearly not impressed.

movies

I could eat this salad every day for the rest of my life, as long as has two bleu cheese dressings every time.

augusta ga carolina ale house

I want to find whoever wrote these two sentences and become that person’s new best friend.

FullSizeRender-5

Speaking of lunch, Whole Foods sautéed veggie bowls are legit.

whole foods veggie bowls

I let him color on my white bedspread, because I’m reckless. 

coloring

Sunday night Buzz Light Year gave me a black eye, and this is how it looks today.

black eye

I really have no words for that last picture. It cracks me up because it looks like I applied cheap eyeshadow while drinking too much wine. Which, come to think of it, I don’t think I drank any of that this weekend. I’ll need to put that on the to-do list for Friday. Also on my to-do list? Another workout via DVD. I would never have thought that I would like following along to a video, but it’s a lot more fun now that I’ve realized I can rope the boys into doing it with me. Watching a toddler try to do down dog just makes the whole experience a lot more awesome. I’d probably rank that in the top five weekend moments.

Now I better go scrounge up something for dinner. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Until then, I hope y’all enjoy your evening!

Question: What was your best moment over the weekend?

Life is Not a Series of Workouts

I’ve been meaning to get on here and talk about the fact that I’m back to skipping workouts and eating like a drunk college student. I cannot get it together, y’all. I’ll get on a decent kick for a few days and then, bam, something knocks me off-kilter. The most recent event was my household coming down with what I’ll kindly refer to as the plague. Let’s just go ahead and add that to the list of excuses. I’ve blamed the following things so far: the weather, changing jobs, toddler wake ups, sicknesses, and probably several other things I can’t recall now.

running quote

Inevitably, I go through a series of emotions each time I fall back into this rut. I’ll break it down for you, so you can really understand my crazy.

First, I feel lazy because I’m choosing to skip workouts regularly. I could make time for them if I really made it a priority.

Next, I feel guilty because I’m opting out when I’m healthy enough to get up and get moving. Not everyone is that fortunate.

Then, I decide that a month or two of skipping workouts won’t change anything. I should totally relax. I’ll be fine.

Finally, I feel ridiculous for even thinking about any of this that much. It’s not the end of the world, either way.

See what I mean? I’m nuts. The one thought that keeps coming back up, though, is that there is so much more to life than making sure you drown in a pile of sweat every day. Shocking, right? Life is not a series of workouts. And yet, here I am, letting my workouts dictate how I feel about my life. Embarrassing.

life quote

I need to start thinking of more things outside of myself. Find new things to focus on, you know? I’m not saying I don’t want to make my health come first. In fact, I’m saying the opposite. I’m putting too much emphasis on the workouts and too little on my general well being. I should eat more vegetables, move enough throughout the day, and work out when I feel like it. Aside from that, I need to chill out. I’m spending entirely too much time thinking about my fitness levels.

I’ll admit I judge other people when they are hyper-focused on some minute detail of their lives, but I am doing the exact same thing. Newsflash: no one but me cares if I wake up tomorrow completely shredded or having gained a little weight. No. one. cares. You know what people tend to care about? Your health. Your well being. Your happiness. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. As much as this pains me to say, I don’t need visible abs and a nice butt to be healthy. I just don’t. If I could truly get that into my thick, self-centered skull, I’d be a lot better off.

I apologize for this ramble-fest, but it was on my mind tonight. Hopefully, it won’t be on my mind tomorrow. I’m moving on, remember? For real this time, you guys. Don’t even go back in the ol’ blog archives to see how many times I’ve fought this battle. I’ll save you the trouble. It’s a million, give or take a few.

I’ll just leave it at this: Here’s to focusing on being healthy and happy in 2015, whatever that means for you. :)

Who is Your Celebrity Style Icon?

Am I the only one who had a hard time staying up to finish the Golden Globes? I think I crashed about 30 minutes before it actually ended, but it’s all good. I was still able to see what everyone was wearing. Isn’t that the point, really? I also got to witness George Clooney’s painfully boring public love letter, but that’s a story for another day. Back to the clothes, y’all. I’m teaming up with Skinny Cow® Candy today for a post all about this year’s award show fashion. It’s no secret that I’ve enjoyed working with them in the past, and today’s writing prompt just proves how fun they are. A serious discussion about chocolate and clothes? Sign me up.

skinny cow

Prior to the show starting, I grabbed my snacks, hopped in bed, and got ready to see who my fashion doppelgänger would be. Turns out, I am not nearly as trendy as I had previously thought. Just kidding. I have no delusions. I know that when it comes to fashion, I tend to keep it pretty simple. All black everything. Which is why it’s no surprise that a few minutes into the red carpet interviews, I spotted my twin. Hi, Jennifer!

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

She got a little ripped apart by people for wearing black again, but she gained a few points for pulling her hair back for once. What a rebel. Can you blame her, though? She doesn’t really need to take a lot of risks when it comes to her outfits, because everyone is staring at those guns anyway. I wish that I could say that’s why I don’t play around with colors and patterns. I’m personally stuck in a fashion rut because it’s easy to match your clothes in the morning when they’re all black, grey, or another dark basic. I could probably get dressed in the dark at this point. In honor of our simple style, I threw together one of my go-to outfits when I need to get ready quickly for a night out.

black outfit

No ball gowns here, folks. I’m sticking to skinny jeans and basic tops. The only time I ever get a little wild is with my accessories. But even then, I know what I like and what I don’t. I rarely wear jewelry, I stick to clutches instead of purses, and I always keep a few essential items on hand.

skinny cow

So what’s in my clutch? My phone, my lip gloss, and snacks. Always snacks. Right now, I’m digging the Skinny Cow® Blissful Truffle Candy Bar, which comes in two flavors – Milk and Dark Chocolate. Both have a layer of soft truffle, so they’re a fun spin on a classic chocolate bar. They are also the perfect ally when I’m on the go and need a moment to myself to indulge and recharge.

skinny cow

Question: Which celebrity is your style “twin”? Is that a good or bad thing? While I love me some Jen, I’m definitely realizing I need to take a few more fashion risks once in a while. I need to switch it up!


What do I love most about awards season? It’s all about indulging – from fashion, movies or celebrity news to scrumptious eats. This season, I’m giving the award for ‘Most Indulgent Candy’ to Skinny Cow® Chocolate Candies. OMG – yum! Make the most of your awards season, indulge and find happiness in every bite.


 “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skinny Cow® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skinny Cow®.”

Favorites + Healthy Smoothies that Actually Taste Good

The “Healthy Smoothies” portion of this post is sponsored by Foodie.com.

Happy Weekend! I totally forgot to post my Friday Favorites yesterday, and I’m bummed because Saturday favorites just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Without further ado, here’s the stuff I’m digging right now.

Smashbox CC Creme

best cc creme

My skin has been on the dry side lately, so I’ve been scared to really use any powder. I don’t like regular liquid foundation either, though. Struggle city. I’ve heard good things about BB cremes, so I decided to head to the mall to check them out. Um. Is it possible to leave Sephora without emptying your bank account? I don’t even like doing my makeup, and they still always sucker me into buying all the things. Out of the bazillion BB & CC cremes, I chose a Smashbox one. I also picked up the Smashbox BB Concealer and a Nars “The Multiple” Stick while I was there. I’m loving all three a lot. I’m really not the “girliest” person in the world, so I didn’t know that some people need to switch from powder to liquid in the winter. If I only had a dollar for every time the Sephora ladies laughed at me, y’all. Someone just remind me to go back to my Bare Minerals Powder and Nars Blush when the seasons change again, or I’ll look like a greasy idiot all spring and summer.

Chocolate Mousse

Urban Remedy Vegan Chocolate Mousse

I really don’t think I need to elaborate here. Chocolate mousse is a perfect food. Dark or milk, vegan or full of creme, homemade or store bought. I don’t care about the specifics. I just want to eat it. I’m still trying to cut back on sugar, so this is a tough thing to be addicted to right now. Send help.

Booties

IMG_0642

I’m pretty sure this picture wins for worst lighting ever. I swear these shoes aren’t purple. Anyway, remember when I was not the hunt for some booties? My mother-in-law came through and got me this awesome pair for Christmas. Now I just need help pairing them with things. Can I even pull them off? I don’t know how this works. Suggestions appreciated! Bonus points if you send me a link to you wearing some. Then I can just copy you exactly. 

Snuggles

sleepy

Maddux has been pretty clingy lately. He was sick earlier this week, so that explains it a little bit. Even before that, though, he was all about some snuggles. I am not complaining. One day he’s going to be so embarrassed of me hugging and kissing him, so I’m trying to squeeze them in while I can.

Smoothies

It’s still cold out, but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about smoothies. I have big plans to make some more freezer bags tomorrow, so I need to get a grocery list together. I tried to find all of the healthy yet delicious smoothies online that I could find. Because trust me, I’ve tried a few smoothies that I’d rather forget. I’ve partnered with Foodie.com to share the best of the best in a sweet little compilation. What recipes would you add to the list?

Check out Healthy Smoothies That Actually Taste Good

by Presley at Foodie.com

Well, I better go! I’ve got to get ready for a girls’ night out with some of my coworkers. We’re going to one of my favorite restaurants, I get to wear real clothes, and I have big plans to become best friends with a martini. What are y’all getting into tonight?