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April 2013 Fitness Challenge March 26, 2013

Filed under: Exercise,Food — healthylivingamysway @ 9:58 pm

The month of March has flown by and during the past week I have been fighting a cold.  I am happy to say that I only had 3 days of real suffering.  I look at this as a win because this time last year I ended up at the doctor on antibiotics and was out of commission for 3 weeks.  I attribute my speedy, doctor free recovery to the healthier lifestyle I have adapted over the past couple of months.  This realization has motivated me to plan and execute a “Fitness Month” for April.  Technically, I try to eat well and be fit every day but for my Type A, easily distracted personality it helps to set short term goals.  After doing some research on types of exercises I picked 5 basic exercises which I know how to do correctly and will challenge a variety of muscle groups.  I have also signed up for a 5k in May so I have added running to my challenge in order to prepare.  I set it up so every 3 days I have to run a distance, this will give me 2 rest days and also allow for flexibility depending on the weather and how quickly I recover.  Below is the checklist I will be using…


In addition to using this chart I plan on attending 10 yoga classes throughout the month.  I am not setting specific dates because I work retail and I don’t know how my schedule will look.  However, I have 8 days off a month, so I can guarantee going to class those days and then I will work at least 2 shifts which will allow me to attend class after work.

Finally, this month I am going to challenge myself to drink a yummy Isagenix Isalean shake every day.  (This is more of a treat than a challenge and should be an easy win).  This will ensure I am getting the proper nutrients in my diet and the protein will support the added workouts.  –If you have never tried Isagenix I would encourage doing some research, my website is  I have been using the products for several months now and love the results.

April will definitely be an exciting month and I am hoping this challenge will prepare me for bikini season!  If anyone else is interested in participating in parts or all of the challenge let me know and keep me posted on your progress.  One of the best ways to accomplish your goals is to have a support system and I would love to lend my support.

Have a Happy, Healthy Day!

Note: I have no medical training and this plan is not intended to be used without consulting a doctor.  Never do anything which causes pain beyond normal muscle exertion.


Coconut Oil Deodorant March 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — healthylivingamysway @ 2:35 am

So last week I decided to try making my own deodorant.  I was more than a little nervous because I didn’t want to walk around smelling like old gym socks, but wanted to give it a try.  One of the reasons I felt like experimenting is because there is a link between breast cancer and the estrogenic ingredients found in most deodorants.  According to Livestrong, “Estrogenic compounds have the ability to trigger some of the same effects as the body’s own hormone estrogen. One of estrogen’s roles in the body is to promote the growth of breast tissue, so an excess might lead to cancerous overgrowth.” ( Since breast cancer runs in my family, it doesn’t hurt to take preventative measures.

I found a recipe on The Prairie Homestead’s blog.  (


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch – (antiperspirant)
  • essential oils (optional)


  • Mix baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.
  • Add coconut oil and use a fork or pastry cutter to blend into the dry ingredients.
  • Add 5-10 drops of your chosen essential oil.
  • Add more coconut oil or baking soda to achieve your desired consistency.


I ended up adding one extra tablespoon of coconut oil to get the consistency I wanted.  One thing I found interesting was that it looked powdery still but when I felt it, it was actually moist.  When making your own  make sure to touch it before adding more of any of the ingredients. 

The End Result

I absolutely love this deodorant.  I put it in a small glass jar which I keep in my medicine cabinet.  It smells great and inhibits the sweat.  Plus, the oil has a moisturizing effect which prevents my underarms from becoming dry.  I used tea tree oil which made it smell even better.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!