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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 😛 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! (I used various skin care sources on the internet.) Another distributor of ItWorks products had a doctor tell her that these are like a giant multivitamin for the skin! Love it 🙂 ~Kat

Ultimate Body Applicator

  • Glucose – skin conditioning agent that draws moisture into the skin for hydration
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – an oil extracted from the meat of coconuts. It is non-greasy, light weight, and rapidly absorbs into skin. It is also known to be compatible with most skin types, making it an excellent choice for use in products for sensitive skin. Used as an emollient in skin care, creating a barrier on the skin to help skin retain moisture.
  • SD Alcohol 40 – used in skin care to decrease the “dry down” time of a product. Expert Panel (CIR) in 2008 and found to be safe as used.  Likewise, because they are denatured with the above denaturants, SD Alcohols all are considered safe as used in cosmetic formulations.
  • Gycerin – used in cosmetics and personal care products mainly to improve skin’s smoothness and moisture content.
  • Propylene Glycol – In skin care, this acts by retaining the moisture content of skin or the formula, preventing the escape of moisture or water. It’s versatile ingredient used in over 4,000 products and formulas in the cosmetics and beauty industry. It is also a frequent food additive.
  • Stearyl Alcohol – a naturaly fatty alcohol derived from stearic acid or coconut oil. Used to soothe and soften as a conditioning agent and as an emulsifier.
  • Urea – Naturally occurring humectant. Hydrophilic (helps skin retain hydration), accelerates the skin’s cellular renewal process, natural exfoliant, increases skin’s permeability.
  • Decyl Oleate – Lubricant found in anti-aging skincare
  • Jojoba seed oil – amazing moisturizer. minimizes fine lines & wrinkles. softens and adds suppleness to skin. promotes rejuvenation of skin. Unclogs pores. Prevents dehydration.
  • Glyceryl Stearate – derived from palm kernel, vegetable or soy oil and is also found naturally in the human body. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It easily penetrates the skin and slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. It has been shown to protect skin from free-radical damage as well.
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate – a naturally occurring mineral derived from refined and purified clay that is used primarily as a thickener in cosmetics and beauty products
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Coconut Glycerides) – Derived from coconut. Acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
  • Phenoxyethanol – preservative that functions as a topical antiseptic in cosmetics and beauty products. It has become a widely used ingredient because of its positive reputation as a gentle preservative that is considered non-irritating; it is also one of the few synthetic preservatives that does not release formaldehyde.
  • TEA-Hydroiodide – a water soluble organic iodine compound, it can help stimulate lipase activities and restore normal morphology and function, acts rapidly and efficiently on the adipose tissue. It is widely used as an ingredient in anti-cellulite products.
  • Menthol – Gives cooling sensation. Used as a topical analgesic to relieve minor aches and pains.
  • Caprylyl Glycol – humectant and skin conditioning agent. Because of its multi-functioning nature (moisturizer & anti-microbial), it’s used in a plethora of personal care products.
  • Tocopheryl Acetate – a fat-soluble vitamin, a form of vitamin E. A natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant.
  • Camphor – Derived from camphor tree. Antimicrobial. Produces a cooling feeling similar to menthol.
  • Panthenol – a 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.
  • Triethanolamine – used as a pH adjuster, assists in emulsion formation by reducing surface tension of the substances, enabling water and oil-soluble ingredients to mix.
  • Carbomer – widely-used thickening agent that helps control the viscosity and flow of cosmetic 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.
  • Horse chestnut seed extract – anti-aging ingredient that protects and strengthens the veins and capillaries. It prevents cellular filtration (leaking). It promotes better and healthier collagen. It fights inflammation.
  • Eucalyptus leaf oil – promotes regeneration of skin tissue. improves blood circulation. antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral.
  • Sorbic Acid – derived from the berries of the mountain ash tree, and has traditionally been used as a preservative for food and wine due to its ability to prevent spoilage caused by yeasts, fungis and molds, as well as some other bacterias. In skin care, it functions as an antimicrobial.
  • Myristic acid – a fatty acid found in nutmeg, palm oil and coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics as an emollient and a stabilizer, preventing separation. It smooths the skin and prevents moisture loss.
  • Sodium Benzoate – found naturally in cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples. As a preservative, it prevents bacteria and fungi from developing in products.
  • Methylsilanol mannuronate – an organic derivative of seaweed that binds moisture in the epidermis therefore firming and strengthening the skin. It is often used in spa wraps and treatments, but is also now seen in many beauty products and skin creams. The sea algae extract found in Methylsilanol Mannuronate has long-lasting moisturizing properties that help combat the deterioration of collagen and elastin fibers, giving it skin firming properties; it is also known to fight free radicals.
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract – rich in polyphenols, free radical-fighting antioxidants, found to help prevent premature aging and guard against UV damage. The polyphenol most abundant in green tea, EGCG, is also thought by some scientists to reactivate dying skin cells.
  • Gotu Kola Leaf Extract – A mildly antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic, anxiolytic, a cerebral tonic, and circulatory stimulant. Some studies done by University of Maryland Medical Center indicate that triterpenoids found in Gotu Kola strengthen the skin, boost antioxidants in wounds, and increase blood supply to the area. It’s also thought to boost the production of type I collagen and myofibroblasts. Based on these findings, Gotu Kola has been used topically for minor burns, psoriasis, prevention of scar formation following surgery, and prevention or reduction of stretch marks.
  • Horsetail Leaf Extract – reduces hemorrhaging (including menstrual bleeding), promotes faster healing of wounds. Diuretic (promotes release of toxins). Antiseptic. Astringent.
  • Bladderwrack Thalle Extract – form of kelp filled with minerals that help nourish and cleanse the skin of toxins that cause dryness, wrinkles and excess fluid retention.
  • Ivy Leaf Extract – antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant… also used to treat sunburn (anti-inflammatory). reduces water retention. reduces cellulite.
  • Guarana Seed Extract – One of the most powerful benefits of guarana is its energizing effect. Boosts metabolism by increasing thermogenesis. Good for cardiovascular health.
  • Butcher’s Broom Extract – promotes healthy circulation, preventing varicose & spider veins. 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.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil – rich in oleic acids and contains a high content of Vitamins A, D, and E. The oil also contains lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids, making it a nourishing and conditioning oil for skin and hair. Sunflower oil is typically used in products designed to treat dry, damaged, or mature skin and hair as an emollient. Sunflower oil provides moisture and a protective layer to the skin
  • Heptadecanoic Acid – fatty acid found in dairy fat, rye, and some fish. Has beneficial impact on metabolism.
  • Retinyl Palmitate – Vitamin A, increases collagen production to reduce wrinkles. Used in many anti aging products.
  • BHT – an antioxidant that helps fight against the deterioration of cosmetic products caused by chemical reactions with oxygen. It’s also known to work synergistically with other antioxidants.
  • Limonene – a scent ingredient and solvent naturally occurring in the rind of citrus fruit
  • Linalool – a naturally occurring substance that is used to make fragrances and flavors.
All of this means moisturized, supple, tightened toned and firmed skin, diminished cellulite, faded stretch marks, 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! 😉