What to do if a headache and stress have got you down? PIIT of course!

This weekend was a doozy. It started off going really well, but then some personal things got in the way and I ended up feeling very…bleh. Not the most descriptive term, I know, but I felt emotionally and physically drained, with a nagging headache. Instead of retreating and taking a nap (which is something I do sometimes), I pulled on my socks and shoes and picked a workout—It’s one of Blogilates’ Body tone bootcamps, but it’s pretty much PIIT28 style: 7 moves, 45 seconds each, with 15 second rest breaks in between for 4 rounds.

And I can’t forget my music, either! Music always gives some excitement to my workouts.

Whenever I feel stressed or frustrated, exercise always helps me kick the negativity away—it’s so therapeutic and I like killing two birds with one stone: as I was able to get a workout in while also physically releasing my stress. And I can’t forget hydration! Drinking enough water throughout the day can be tough, but water is so important for you! —and it also helps keep headaches away, at least for me this time!

 

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A pretty POPFLEX water bottle to keep me hydrated! (listed under Accessories: it’s great bc it doesn’t leave a watery puddle on my desk)

What do you folks do when you’re feeling stressed?

 

 

Summer POPFLEX Mermaid Sale!

Summer is finally here and to celebrate POPFLEX is having a sale on all of their mermaid items ❤ If you’ve always wanted to snag some of POPFLEX’s mermaid items, but wanted to get more of a discount, here is your chance!

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Use the discount code SUMMERDAYS at checkout to receive 20% off! Click HERE to see all the lovely mermaid items ❤ And if you make an account, feel free to sign up for their rewards program where you can get points to use towards future POPFLEX purchases 🙂

And if you’re interested in seeing how it fits, check out my pics below! I also wrote up some reviews about the Mermaid shorts  and the Mermaid Crop top  if you’d like to check them out 😀 Happy Shopping!

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Blogilates’ Body Tone Bootcamp: Review

School’s out and summer is upon us: that means beaches and bikinis/swimsuits galore! Blogilates’ has got you covered with her 6 Week Body Tone Bootcamp series. I really liked how she explained her process in naming the series–at first, she thought of names like “Bikini Body” or “Summer Body” bootcamp–but she changed her mind because we shouldn’t have to fit a certain ideal to feel good about ourselves! We should want to work out because we want to feel stronger and confident in whatever we want to wear. I followed the 6-week series, doing one video (repeating it four times) each week–while also pairing it with PIIT28 and running. (Oh, did I mention that I signed up for the runDisney 5k Summer series? I’ll talk about that later in another post!) I love how each video worked different sets of muscles and had that perfect intensity similar to PIIT28 so that I didn’t feel out of shape when doing actual PIIT workouts!

What I liked about this series was that its style is similar to PIIT28: 45 seconds per move, with a 15-second rest break in between–7 moves per set, doing four sets total! So if you decide to follow the series, you would do a 28-29 minute workout each week! The lazy girl in me just LOVES that about PIIT (and this Body Toning Bootcamp series) 😀

Also, because each video focuses one area–the burn is REAL. The toughest move for me was during the Elevated Leg Circles in the Legs Focus video:

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My booty and legs DIE during this move–I even have to take tiny breaks because everything BURNS so bad, especially during the Left Leg Elevated Circles, since my booty was already working to hold myself up. This one is torture for me, but in a good way of course, haha! Another thing that I like is that Blogilates continues to keep making more challenging videos! I’m never bored or thinking “wow these moves are way too easy!”

In my opinion, my favorite and most challenging video is the Arms Focus video. I feel like my arms are a more neglected area, so it’s really nice to find a video that solely focuses on strengthening my arms with moves like Tricep Kick ‘n Dips and the dreaded Triple pushup!

Another plus is that this series is apartment-friendly, which means no jumping around to disturb your neighbors below you! But even when there’s no jumping I still work up a sweat, especially during the Fat Burn Total Body Focus video!

The series ends with a lovely and really intense 18 minute Stretch and Flexibility Focus video, which leads into splits practice! I’m still working on getting into the splits, so I want to continue going through this video until I get there!

Overall, I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to try something new with their workout routine! And if you enjoy it and want to challenge yourself even more, try the PIIT28 program! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Layla Mali: Bag Review!

My POPster friend and her friend started up their own online shop with beautiful handmade bags, and to treat myself for graduating, I bought myself a mini blue shoulder bag. To my surprise, I received a large package in the mail from them.

Why is this package so large, I ordered a teeny little bag! I thought to myself as I opened it. To my surprise, there was not one, but two bags! A colorful yoga bag along with the bag I purchased! :O Along with it was a note from my POPster friend congratulating me for graduating–the yoga bag was a graduation gift! The gesture was so sweet I wanted to cry happy tears :’) Thank you so much! I wanted to spread the word so if you’re a bag lady like me, feel free to check them out HERE! Here’s a little preview of their products:

I wanted to give a more in-depth review of both bags here, so let’s go!

I usually carry around a lot of stuff whenever I go out, so I figured it was time for a change! This shoulder bag is really perfect if you’re looking to downsize and declutter your purse game ;D Even though it measures at around 3.5×6″ there are three pretty roomy pockets that can carry things like:

  • chapstick
  • car keys
  • cell phone
  • coin purse (that I use as my wallet)
  • anti-bac hand gel
  • pocket mirror
  • ear buds

I fell in love with the peony design and the different shades of blue ❤ I also really like the coin zipper pulls, however they’re a bit thin so I’m always careful when pulling on them–I’d hate to break them by yanking on it too fast! I’d also hate it if the zipper got stuck on the bag material–I tend to do that with my Jansport backpack when I’m in a rush, haha. I’ve used this bag at least 5-6 times, and it’s held up pretty well so far!

 

Next up is the peony yoga bag!

 

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So in love with how vibrant and colorful this bag is! ^_^ 

 

I’ve used it to take my POPFLEX Desert Garden yoga mat to a friend’s POP Pilates class, and it kept my mat nice and clean, while being just as colorful as my mat 😉

 

What was nice was that there was extra space in the bag (dimensions are 8.5×30″). Usually, the yoga bags I use can barely fit my yoga mat, so I like having extra space just in case I need to pack a towel or wallet in there.

 

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This bag is actually sold out, but there are similar styles (just different colors) still in stock on their page  for $45

 

Their shipping is also really quick, and they do ship internationally.

So if you’re searching for some colorful bags, check them out! 🙂

Challenge prizes: Yummy Soap Review!

So it’s been practically a month since my last post, so just wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been doing so far! I was lucky enough to get picked as a winner for one of the Insta challenges I participated in ^_^ That challenge was so much fun, I had a really great time getting creative with my posts. Here’s a big ol’ grid of what I posted for the #slayerfestyoga17 challenge:

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Each day had a different baddie from Buffy the Vampire Slayer tv show!

I was so surprised to see that I had won one of the prizes! 😮 And it shipped so quickly to Hawaii, too! So I received these lovely handmade vegan soaps from Ginger Lily Shoppe :

 

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So many lovely soaps! ^_^ Thank you! The soap w/o the label (I turned it on its side so you could see how it was molded like a honeycomb!) is a

So far I’ve tried the Charcoal soap for my face (since my face is pretty oil and acne-prone) and the Coconut Milk & Honey soap for my body.

 

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Love the stamp on the charcoal soap!

 

 

The charcoal soap lathers quite nicely, so I don’t feel like I’m using all that much when washing my face. My skin feels nice and clean and a little bit tight–which I think is normal for these types of soaps–along with getting rid of all of the oil on my face! But of course, always use a light moisturizer after washing 😀 (I use BENTON Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel).

 

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Isn’t the honeycomb design super cute? Sorry, there’s some dried bubbles on there!

The coconut milk & honey soap smells nice and yummy, and I love how it lathers up! I haven’t used bar soap in a while (Most of the time I use body wash) so this is a nice change for my skin. I also like how Ginger Lily Shoppe makes their soap with local ingredients (local honey) and no fragrances! The smell is au natural :3

I’ve yet to try the other soaps (coffee scrub soap and coconut aloe soap) and I can’t wait to try them! Thanks so much again for the lovely soaps, Ginger Lily Shoppe! 🙂

*Disclaimer* I’m not sponsored or anything for any of the products mentioned above, just wanted to do a little review on them! 😀

 

Final release of Dark Bloom!

So Cassey has worn this top in her earlier videos and I’ve been wondering: “Is she ever going to release it??!” I love POPFLEX’s halter tops with the built in bra–so thankfully my thoughts have been answered:

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POPFLEX finally released the rest of their Dark Bloom collection this morning! These are a few of the pieces that I snagged 😉

 

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From left to right top: Danger Tank in Night, Danger tank in Cabernet, and Majesty tank in Night! 

Can’t wait to try these on and review them! If you’d like to check them out, click HERE!

 

PIIT28 Transformation Pack discount + omg I’m in a PIIT28 ad???

Sorry I’ve been so quiet online lately, I’ve been so busy with grad school, teaching POP, working out, and doing 4 Insta challenges! Phew!

Just wanted to share this with y’all! I woke up to find this in my Gmail inbox:

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The PIIT Transformation Pack is now on sale, which includes:

PIIT 1.0, PIIT 2.0, and PIIT 3.0  The 28 Day reset meal plan (regular or Vegan!)

Use the code: sweaty15 

to get $15 off the Transformation Pack (regularly $99—> that’s $84!)

Also, if you finish PIIT 1.0 and follow the calendar, you can get an awesome PIIT28 tank to show off all your hard work!

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Click here to join the awesome PIIT28 community 😉 

And for those who just want to try out PIIT28 1.0, click here. If you love the program and want to try out 2.0 and 3.0 afterward, I think 2.0 becomes available after you get 1.0, and 3.0 becomes available after you get 2.0, as each is a prerequisite to the next program. But honestly, I would want to save as much money as possible and buy the power pack (which saves about $38!) which has PIIT1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. If you have any questions, let me know! ❤

Btw, my POPster bestie (who does PIIT28 with me) filmed a short video of ourselves doing our favorite PIIT28 moves, as we had a chance to be in a PIIT28 montage video with other PIITsters! And omg we made it in the final cut!

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too awesome! It’s for a brief second, but we look so cool

Here’s the video for the first ever PIIT28 ad:

PIIT 3.0 Review

So this review comes a little bit late, since I actually finished the month challenge last month! But now that I have the time to sit down and look back on the third series of this Pilates Intense Interval workout program, it’s kind of amazing to see how far I’ve come since last year when PIIT 1.0 was first released. Here is my before/after picture:

 

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It’s not that drastic of a change visually, but I feel like most of the change (well, for me at least) all has to do with my mentality and physical endurance. During PIIT 1.0 I could barely get through a set without my shoulders or legs tiring out! That was a year ago. Now, I can push through my sets without needing to stop and rest. What I love the most is seeing my own progress, little by little—FullSizeRender 22The first time I did knee-in flyers (photo on left), I. was. DYING. But now that I’ve gained more shoulder strength and endurance, I have more fun with it! Yesterday I was doing them and felt myself almost fly up into a handstand and hold it :O I’ve never done a handstand in my life, so just knowing that I can almost do one gives me a little bit more confidence!

Another thing that I also really like about this program is that it’s only 30 minutes to get through. I’m pretty lazy, so knowing that this amount of time is only a teeny tiny part of my day kicks me into gear—whether I’m fitting in this 30 minutes first thing in the morning or late at night. What also helps me, whenever I’m halfway through, is thinking “Oh I only have 14 minutes to go??? That’s not much, I got this!”

 

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mentally breaking down PIIT makes it easier for me to charge through 😀

 

 

I think the major hurdle in the beginning of doing PIIT was finding the time to do it on a daily basis, but once I stuck to my schedule, it wasn’t that bad. Also, remember to take that rest day to let your body relax and get itself ready for the next six days! What also helped was the PIITster community that I followed over on Instagram. Whenever I felt lazy, I would scroll through and see everyone else killing their workouts–it inspired and motivated me to get off my lazy butt!

 

 

What’s new with PIIT28 is that you can buy all three programs at once now! There are also other options that include the 28 Day Reset Meal plan if you’re interested. Here are the different packs:

The Power Pack is basically what I have and will continue to use. Now that I’m finished with the program, I still do PIIT 3.0, but also try to incorporate other things that I enjoy doing (running on the beach, yoga) to balance myself out. What’s awesome is that with each workout program you get a beautiful e-book and a PIIT portal that has breakdowns of each move along with modifications, a bonus Get Flexy e-book that includes warm-up and cool down stretches for each targeted area (arms, legs, total body), along with a #PIITstagram calendar to follow and use as a way to connect with the PIIT community. 🙂

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Transformation Pack (PIIT 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 + 28 Day Reset (worth $149 but since it’s a bundle it’s discounted to $99–saving $49!)

If I were living on my own and had more control over meals and whatnot (I live with my family), then I would’ve totally gotten the 28 Day Reset! While I haven’t tried it myself, I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about the reset helping PIITsters to reach their goals in becoming healthier and fitter overall. The 28 Day Reset is described to: “help you tackle stubborn fat, bloating, acne, and with a focus on increasing your energy levels.”

There are also Vegan options, too, if you just want to get the Vegan 28 Day Reset, or the full Transformation Pack!

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If you just want to try it out, they still have just PIIT 1.0 workout program–but I think it’s a deal to get all the programs in one buy! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂

 

 

POPFLEX Peony mini haul review

I decided to take advantage of the awesome Spring sale that’s going on at POPFLEX and snagged myself the Goddess top in Navy and the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White.

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What I love is how quickly my items shipped to me! Plus, I live in Hawaii so regular packages (like from Amazon) take FOREVER to get here. I ordered my stuff on Monday and the POPFLEX team got it shipped to my by Wednesday. How awesome is that?! I honestly think they have the best shipping speed and customer service out of all the online shopping sites that I’ve experienced 😀 (oh god Old Navy’s was TERRIBLE but that’s a rant for another time).

I did a quick photoshoot and review for you guys, in case you’re interested in buying any POPFLEX during the sale!

First up is the Goddess Top in Navy:

I decided that even though I’m a size 4 in their bras, my boobs may be x-small but the rest of me is a little bit wider, so I sized up to a 6! And I’m glad I did. In the photos I paired it with my Draw the Line Peony leggings, which I highly recommend because they’re super comfy, have breathable black mesh on the sides, and have really cute Peony print POCKETS. I’m all about them pockets. 😉

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The front has a really nice silhouette

 

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The side is a teeny bit revealing

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I like how it flows down the back and how well it covers the booty XD

 

 

Pros:

  • It’s super flowy and I love the little cutouts on the sides that flow down at the back.
  • The backing is beautiful with the Peony print straps to show off your back.
  • The top is made out of their bra material while the bottom skirt part is made out of their Swan tank breathable material. (I reviewed their Swan Tank here)
  • I can’t speak for girls who have larger chests, but the bra part is compressed enough to hold everything in!
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band is a bit tight

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see the difference in material? I like that the material is more breathable in the tummy area, though.

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There may be some side boob going on for other people, but since mine are so small, I’m not that concerned. It does look a bit funny that the black inner is poking out XD

Cons:

  • The band in the middle is kind of tight (for a good reason, though, but still) and feels a little bit awkward when you first wear it.
  • Taking the top off is a challenge! I felt like a contortionist trying to pull it off! Another reason why I’m glad that I sized up.

Overall:

  • I recommend going one size up due to the band tightness and bra. Even though mine is a little bit big on me, I’m glad I sized up.
  • I’ve yet to test it out in a workout, but I’m sure everything stays in place.
  • This is a good top if you want to show off your back 😉

Next up is the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White:

This is a bra that I’ve wanted since it first came out, but always waited to get. I fell in love with the colors and the mesh design! So when I saw that it was on sale, I digitally threw it into my cart and was so happy to get it in the mail 🙂 I read that this bra runs tighter than the heart strings bra, so I sized up to a size 6 (I’m like a 32A–really small boobs lol).

 

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hehe you can still see the POPFLEX tag on the right side XD I forgot to snip it off! 

 

Pros:

  • The color! I love the navy/white combo
  • Stylish and breathable mesh cut-out
  • Holds everything in place (I mean, I don’t have much to hold, but they definitely feel in place!)
  • The backing is super cute and supported. I like how thick the bands are.

 

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Back and arms are all thanks to PIIT!

 

Cons:

  • Underneath the armpits area, similar to the Mermaid crop bra, is very tight! As you can see from the picture below, they don’t give that much room for my back/arm flab. lol. Another reason why it’s good to size up.
  • Because this bra is tight, just like with the Goddess top, you have to contort yourself when taking it off! A good thing is that the straps are so thick I don’t feel like I’m going to tear anything. But it’s still a workout in itself to take it off XD.

 

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Not much armpit space

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases and am excited to wear them for all of my PIIT and POP workouts!

If you also want to take advantage of this sale, you can use this link HERE and remember to use the code: FLRPWR at checkout! If you want to earn rewards points to use towards your next purchase (and save $10,$20,$30, etc.), feel free to sign up for an account. It’s quick and super easy! Remember the sale ends on 3/27!

 

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Treat yo’self to some POPFLEX!

 

 

 

 

Trying out Blogilates Baked Donuts

I’ve been craving something sweet, so I whipped up some donuts using Blogilates’ recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. oat flour
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of stevia

Frosting:

  • 3 Tb vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1 tsp beet powder

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After preheating the oven to 325°F, I coated the donut pan with cooking spray. Then using an electric beater, I mixed together the oat flour, mashed banana, eggs, honey, and coconut oil. After I added the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and stevia and then mixed everything together. Spooning the donut mix was pretty messy, but I love how there was just enough mix for the pan! No wasted dough 🙂

While the donuts are baking in the oven for 9 minutes, I whipped up the frosting. The beet powder gave it a beautiful reddish-pink color, and the Greek yogurt that I used (Tillamook) gave it such a yummy flavor!

 

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That color, though! Love it! 

 

Once the donuts were baked through (used a toothpick to test it out–if it comes out clean, you’re good to go!), I let them cool, frosted it, and then topped it with some mini chocolate chips and berries :9

 

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They’re delicious, too! Another thing that’s great is that regular donuts usually leave a heavy, bloated feeling in my stomach. But after eating these, I feel comfortably full. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and density compared to regular donuts. So if you’re craving something sweet, try this recipe out and let me know how it goes! 🙂