Get Skinny Again: Review

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange for my review through my relationship with FitFluential. As always all opinions are my own. 

IMG_7785I received Sarah’s book: Get Skinny Again! back in February but I wanted to be able to try some of the recipes and workouts before I was able to give a thorough review to you. Before we get to the review I want to address the title of the book, while my end goal is not to “get skinny again” it is to have a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the healthy foods and workouts that are a part of my every day. I know the title can be off-putting, but I find that is the case for most healthy living type of books.

Sarah’s blog and YouTube channel were among the first I read and watched when I started getting into blogs, I always appreciated that she is real and talks about healthy living in a way that applies to most people, not just bloggers. She has HIIT workouts and how to buy a week of groceries under $40. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Sarah in person, she’s a very well-known blogger and YouTube personality, but she is extremely nice and encouraging to everyone she meets.

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The book is divided into three parts:

  • Time To Get On Your Fitness
  • Time To Eat Clean To Get Lean
  • Time To Live The Fit Life

I really loved all the different workouts in this book, there were a bunch of different types of workouts and I loved that each move had one entire page dedicated to it. For a lot of workout plans I end up looking on YouTube for some exercises, and there are a lot of badly performed exercises uploaded. The pictures show the moves and most steps as well as what you should not look like or be doing in some moves. I do wish they showed some modifications for items like push-ups or side planks. Not every person can do all the moves and it would be nice to not have to improvise or complete an exercise in poor form.

There are not only strength workouts, but cardio workouts as well, some of the cardio workouts include running. I do wish Sarah had used not only speed numerals but cues to how you should be feeling as not everyone runs the same pace. Overall, I really loved the Fitness section, it included home and gym workouts as well as stretching.

Now on to the Food section. Sarah included a lot of healthy options that you can find at chain restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I really appreciated that. She also gave some helpful ideas for meal planning, and of course recipes. I can’t wait to try the Salsa Chicken Quesadillas and Energy Bites.

IMG_6253Peanut Butter & Jelly Time Smoothie (minus the chia)

The last section, Living the FIT LIFE, is one of the most important, it stresses that every journey is different, and every body is different. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. She also gives ideas about how to still have a social life and go out with your friends, significant other, etc… and still eat or drink healthier items. I appreciate a healthy lifestyle book that doesn’t expect you to give up your social life and spending time eating outside your own kitchen.

You can buy the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can follow Get Skinny Again on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can follow Sarah on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Have you read Sarah’s book? Do you read her blog or watch her YouTube channel? What do you think?

Five Things Friday: Giveaway, Stitch Fix, & Reviews!

Five Things Friday

 

It’s been awhile since I had one of these so lets jump right in!

1. How I Met Your Mother

Nick and I have finally watched the series finale, and I cried, a lot. Part is probably hormones, but part is because I felt like it was the show of our generation. I mean we all watched Friends, but as adults it seems like our lives match more to the likes of HIMYM. I liked how it ended, it was sad, but it felt real, all of the crappy things that happened at the end, those are real life. If everyone ended up happily ever after I think I would be more disappointed. What do you think did you like the ending?

2. Stitch Fix

So I drank the Stitch Fix* kool-aid. If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is leave me a comment and I will send you more info, but basically you sign up and fill out a style profile. You give them your info, sizing, style preferences, what types of items you want to receive, etc… and pick a date for your fix. You can either pick a single date or pick to have a recurring fix. For each fix you pay a $20 styling fee, if you like something that is in your fix then that $20 is credited against what you purchase, if you buy nothing then you lose the $20.

When you get your fix, which is 5 items, you will receive a list of the items you received and the price for each item as well as a style card. The style card has each item that was in your box and 2 ways to style that item. The also send you a pre-paid USPS bag to send back what you don’t want. If you purchase all 5 items you receive 25% off the entire purchase. You have 3 business days to return the items you don’t want.

Pink Martini Sally Mixed Striped Dress

1. Pink Martini Sally Mixed Striped Dress –  $98 – I loved the cut and the color of this dress, but it was snug around the thighs and it wasn’t flowy enough for me to wear to an event if I have B with me.

Kensie Jeans Sophia Ankle Length Skinny Jean

2. Kensie Jeans Sophia Ankle Length Skinny Jean – $88 - Again, I loved the color and style of these jeans, but they were snug around the thighs, at the price point it wasn’t worth it for me to keep them.

Striped Dolman Top

3. Pomelo Corinna Striped Dolman Top – $48 – I loved this top. I liked the shorter sleeve, and the material was super comfortable. I’ve bought a lot of long-sleeved shirts over the years that end up with holes or pulled material because the quality isn’t great, so this shirt was a keep.

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4. 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan – $48 – I loved this cardigan, the length is long enough that I can wear it with leggings but it is also lightweight. I can see pairing this with a maxi dress at a summer BBQ. After some texting with my sister, I ended up purchasing this as well. I have a thick pink cardigan that is similar, but like I said it is a heavier material and it is actually very short.

5. IMG_794341Hawthorn Holly Chevron Arrow Print Infinity Scary – $32 - I liked the scarf, but I already have scarves with similar color schemes.

Instead, I bought the infinity scarf I am wearing on the right. I purchased it after I completed Pure Barre Challenge as a gift to myself from the store at Pure Barre. The pattern is unique and it will match with a lot of my wardrobe.

The total of my items was $96 – my $20 styling fee. I paid $76.

3. Get Skinny Again

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I was able to receive a copy of Sarah’s book, Get Skinny Again*, awhile back, but I wanted to wait until I had the opportunity to try some of the recipes and workouts in order to give you a solid review. I am happy to report that my review will finally be on the blog next week! Spoiler: I really liked it. I have been reading Sarah’s blog and watching her YouTube videos for a long time so I am not really surprised, but it has a lot of things other diet books I have seen don’t have!

4. Avapalooza 

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The charity yoga event with Yoga Jake that I attended a few weeks ago was to benefit The Cure ATRT Now Fund as part of this years big fundraiser called Avapalooza. Avalanna is this Saturday, April 5, from 11 am – 11 pm. There is spinning and yoga as well as a few fitness and nutrition classes. I am bummed I can’t make it to any of the events, but if you are local to Methuen check out the schedule or you can donate here.

5. Just Add Cooking Giveaway

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Remember that Just Add Cooking review I wrote on Wednesday? Well, now I have a chance for you to win a 2-person, 3 meal box for yourself.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

This prize is for new clients only. Before entering go to Just Add Cooking and click on Get Cooking to create an account. There is no charge for this and you don’t need to enter a credit card. You also need to make sure you are in the delivery area, after you do that, enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends Monday, April 7 at 11:59 pm EST.

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What things are you excited about this Friday?

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