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Why I hate scales

I constantly see women obsessing over the scales….I just wanted to give a different way to keep track of progress. Everyone is different, of course, but for me personally this is my experience.

I’m 5’2″. Yeah, I’m short ūüėõ If I don’t workout or eat well, I weigh 110 or so. My waist is 26 inches around, I’m a size 5 and I do not look or feel my most fit/toned. However, if I start up my pilates & pole dance/fitness regularly and eat a CLEAN diet of 1200 calories (or more) per day, this changes. I actually GAIN weight from the muscle I am building–I weigh around 113-116…but my inches go DOWN. My waist is 24 inches & I’m a size 3. So for me, I couldn’t care less about the numbers on the scale!

I measure myself once a month, maybe twice. I do both pilates & pole at home, never stepped foot in a gym! I hate Cardio, but I do it anyway…HIIT, maybe 3-4 times a week.

This has been my experience for 2 1/2 years. I look my best with a 24 inch waist, but I weigh more by 3-6 lbs. Crazy, but its how my body works.

Here is my challenge to you who are frustrated with the scale: ditch it for a week or two. Get a tape measure. Do some pilates. (I recommend Cassey on YouTube, search for “POP PILATES”). watch your size shrink! Isn’t that what we all want, to be smaller & toned? That is always measured in INCHES, not always in pounds. Pilates + Cardio will easily accomplish this. Ditch the scale & try it!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

“What’s in the Body Wraps?”

The Ultimate Body Applicator

I’ve been researching each ingredient individually and here is what I’ve found! (Various sources on the internet, livestrong.com was a main source.) Another distributor of ItWorks products had a doctor tell her that these are like a giant multivitamin for the skin! Love it ūüôā ~Kat

Ultimate Body Applicator

  • Horse Chestnut Extract – (a popular herbal anti-aging ingredient!)¬†it is a compound that protects and strengthens the veins and capillaries. It prevents cellular filtration (leaking). It pomotes better and healthier collagen. It fights inflammation.
  • Centella asiatica (Hydrocotil) Leaf Extract¬†– promotes healing, as well as¬†preventing the formation of scar tissue. Its historic use was in the¬†healing of leprosy wounds, as well as¬†ulcerated skin,¬†wounds,¬†burns and ulcers. Research has shown that asiaticoside can also help provide treatment for leprosy and skin tuberculosis. The triterpenes in Centella asiatica are able to¬†renew the collagen and restore tissue¬†firmness and skin elasticity. Apart from this it also has anti-psoriatic properties.
  • Green Tea Extract¬†– green tea is a natural antioxidant & is great for protection against skin cancer among many other things.
  • Bladderwrack Extract¬†– filled with minerals that help nourish and cleanse the skin of toxins that cause dryness, wrinkles and excess fluid retention.
  • Hedera helix (English Ivy) Extract¬†– antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant… also used to treat sunburn (anti-inflammatory). reduces water retention. reduces cellulite.
  • Horsetail Leaf & Stem Extract¬†– reduces hemorrhaging (including menstrual bleeding),¬†promotes faster healing of wounds. Diuretic (promotes release of toxins). Antiseptic. Astringent.
  • Butcher’s Broom Extract¬†– promotes healthy circulation, preventing varicose & spider veins. decreases cholesterol in blood. It has¬†diuretic properties that help to rid the body of excess water and toxins. Anti-inflammatory. It’s¬†considered to have a balancing effect on hormone levels, which may help with the mood swings associated with PMS and puberty.
  • Guarana Seed Extract¬†–¬†One of the most powerful benefits of guarana is its energizing effect. Boosts metabolism by increasing thermogenesis. Good for cardiovascular health.
  • Jojoba Seed Oil¬†– amazing moisturizer. minimizes fine lines & wrinkles. softens and adds suppleness to skin. promotes rejuvenation of skin. Unclogs pores. Prevents dehydration.
  • Menthol¬†– Gives cooling sensation…used as¬†a¬†topical analgesic¬†to relieve minor aches and pains.
  • Camphor¬†– Antimicrobial. Produces a cooling feeling similar to menthol.
  • Panthenol¬†– plant-based form of Vitamin B. Penetrates into the deepest layers of skin. Diminishes wrinkles by moisturizing into the deepest layers of skin. Reduces inflammation, soothes irritation and initiates the rebuilding of your skin. Counteracts bacteria.
  • Retinyl Palmitate¬†– Vitamin A, increases collagen production to reduce wrinkles. Used in many anti aging products.
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil¬†– tones and firms skin, reduces puffiness/swelling. astringent. antibiotic. Circulatory benefits of rosemary lead to an improved complexion, allowing nutrients to effectively reach the skin while removing waste products and toxins.
  • Eucalyptus Leaf Oil¬†– promotes regeneration of skin tissue. improves blood circulation. antiseptic,¬†antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.
All of this means moisturized, supple, tightened toned and firmed skin, detoxed fat cells wherever applied (which typically results in inch loss & cellulite gone), stretch marks faded, and many more amazing benefits! 

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My Pilates Routine (Lower Body)

I do a pilates routine 3-4 times per week & most of it is the 10-20 minute videos from Cassey at Blogilates (workout videos found HERE.)

This doesn’t include any extra cardio I do through the week, any weight/strength training I do throughout the week or any gymnastic-type strength stuff on the pole throughout the week–this is JUST my pilates.

I sort of create my own circuit workout by jump roping between each pilates video. I’ve found that jump roping burns the MOST calories–it cost next to nothing and it’s EFFECTIVE. {{You can find a calorie calculator online to see how much you’d burn by putting in your weight & how many minutes of jump roping. Another way to figure out calories burned is to buy a calorie monitor.}}

Anyway! Here is an example of my Lower Body Pilates workout. During EVERY pilates workout, I do a lot of core work regardless of my upper body/lower body focus. I also always work in some sort of cardio. This particular example below gives me 10 minutes of cardio with jump roping (burning about 100 calories at my weight), and 50 minutes of Pilates, giving me about an hour of a workout total. {{If you DON’T incorporate cardio or cut out processed junk foods from your diet, you won’t ever see all the lovely muscle you build underneath the layer of fat! Cardio & proper diet is a MUST if you want to see your hard work!!!}}

TRY IT! All you need is a little bit of floor space and some motivation! Let me know what you think when you’re alllll done! ūüėČ