Scone Recipe Try-Out + A Life Setback

Scone Recipe Try-Out + A Life Setback

Recently, I have been having a rough time with some physical issues. I was doing really well for a while and then…bam! I get hit with the same crap I have had to deal with before.

As sad as this sounds, the only thing good about the past few days has been the scone recipe I tried out.

For this post, I will be reviewing the recipe and talking about my recent health problems.

The scone recipe

I was doing a scroll through of the foodgawker site again and I came across a wonderful scone recipe. I used to love making scones so this one really caught my eye.

The scone recipe comes from Chisel & Fork. It includes bacon, cheddar and chives. Sounds yummy right?

Well it was! I mean, holy cow.

They were super easy to make (in my opinion) and smelled wonderful in the oven. I was worried that they were going to be bland but I was totally wrong about that. They came out really flavorful and filling.

These did not last long at all in my house due to the deliciousness of them. They are not low carb, low calorie, low fat, vegan, vegetarian etc. but I was able to fit them into my diet just fine.

If you like scones and enjoy baking, I highly recommend trying these!

My life setback

As I already stated, I have been having some issues lately. I hate to admit it but for a few days I felt like I was back to the worst phase of my post-COVID adventure.

It all started with the last week of July where I had no tolerance for heat. I would go on a walk with my son around the neighborhood and struggle with the temperature outside. The temperature wasn’t even that high a couple of the days.

I also had a lot of trouble mowing which was easy before. Because of this, I would have to do parts of the yard on different days due to not being able to finish the whole thing.

Then, it all came to a head three days before typing this post.

I was trying to workout as usual and I realized that I just could not get through the cardio portion or the weightlifting. Breathing was really difficult and there was a weird tickly feeling in my chest. I also felt lightheaded.

I ended up having to lay down because I thought I was going to pass out. My heart rate was accelerated at 140 bpm even in this position. I felt awful!

I wasn’t even able to shower that night (gross I know) and had to have my husband do all of our son’s cares. Not only was my heart racing but I still had shortness of breath and lightheadedness as well.

I tried going to sleep but I just could not breath well enough to do so. This led me to not sleeping at all that night which didn’t help the way I felt. I did end up getting a nap in the next day though.

Ever since then, I have been having these symptoms (shortness of breath, accelerated heart rate and lightheadedness). I took a COVID-19 test which came out negative but I am told it could be a false negative. The problem with this is that there is absolutely no way I could have gotten exposed to the virus in the past few weeks due to my husband being on vacation from work and us literally not leaving our property for the entire time.

The only exposure I could have gotten to the virus would have been when going to the mailbox or on a walk (with no one around). I always wear goggles and two masks (N95 with a cloth mask over the top) just to step out of the door of our house so if this is the way I got it-the virus particles must have lingered in the air got around my masks.

That theory seems a little crazy to me though. I am sure not many people have to put on PPE just to take a few steps outside in a quiet neighborhood, right? If that is the way to get the COVID-19, then I feel like it is even more transmissible than we realize it is-and even more people would be getting it.

I have been thinking that I must be having a POTS/post-COVID flare-up that is lasting for several days for whatever reason. While I hate that I can’t workout hard like I am used to doing- I need to ride this out and get better again. I will be doing some weightlifting without the cardio bursts and light walking workouts on my cardio day.

What has been helping

For the past two days, I have actually found some relief. This is due to some things I have been doing/using. Here is a list of them:

  • Indulging in some salty snacks- I have been eating some chips and pickles in moderation. Throughout this flare-up or whatever it is, I have experienced salt cravings so I think that is why doing this has helped.
  • Laying under a weighted blanket- I love pressure on me. The comfort that the weighted blanket brought me definitely helped while I was laying down with a racing heart.
  • Gatorade- Sipping on this when I didn’t want to eat the salty snacks helped me and was a good substitute for them.
  • Increase of water intake- I am not good about getting fluids in so I think increasing my intake to four cups a day helped.
  • A good book and crypto quote puzzles- Being able to take my mind off of how weird/bad I felt has been a good thing.
  • Fitness watch and blood pressure cuff- These haven’t relieved any symptoms but they are helpful to have when it comes to keeping track of my heart rate and blood pressure.

If you are reading this and have POTS symptoms- consider trying these things. They may help you too!

This too shall pass

This isn’t the worse setback one could experience but it definitely has been a bummer for me. I will get through it though.

If you experience POTS and/or long-COVID symptoms- consider joining the many support groups out there for them. You can reach out to me, too!

Thanks for reading! Please stay safe out there, things are getting bad with this new variant. Do the things that can reduce your risk- distancing, masking, handwashing, exercise etc.

Disclaimer: My post may include affiliate links which means I will get part of the money from your clicks and purchases.

#covid19 #POTS #exercise #fitness #respiratoryproblems #foodgawker #recipes #life

Fitness Blender HIIT Workout + Review

Fitness Blender HIIT Workout + Review

I have been doing calorie burn comparisons with Fitness Blender workouts but after this one, I will start doing other workouts I find on the internet.

If you haven’t seen my other calorie burn comparison posts (here is my most recent one)- they are simply me reviewing the workouts and telling you how many calories I burned. These posts are really fun to do and I hope it helps others find a new workout to try.

This workout review is on one of Fitness Blender’s HIIT videos.

The workout

For this review, I chose Fitness Blender’s HIIT Cardio and Abs workout. For the other posts, I did their strength training ones so I wanted to change things up.

On their website, they have a handy-dandy filter for the workouts they offer. With it you can pick the exact kind of workout you want based on trainer, level of difficulty, training type, duration, calorie burn and equipment needed.

This particular workout is rated as a 5/5 on the difficulty scale, is 45 minutes long, requires no equipment and has a calorie burn range of 263-431. This all means that it is a tough workout that won’t take up too much time in your day/night!

The workout has a warm-up, core work portion, cardio portion and a cool down.

For the core part of it, there are 13 exercises. Each one is done for 50 seconds and then you are to move on to the next one after ten seconds of rest. The exercises hit all areas of the core.

The cardio part involves seven different exercises that are done for 20 seconds on, and 10 seconds off. Each one is done four times.

Like any other HIIT workout, they say that it shouldn’t be done more than three times a week. This is due to it being challenging for the whole body and rest is needed.

My experience

For my cardio workouts, I have been doing plyometrics and cardio ladder moves. I also do some ab work afterwards. It has been quite a while since I have done any other kind of workout session.

The current cardio workouts I do yield around 320-430 calories burned-depending on various factors. The length of the workouts range from 45-75 minutes due to my level of distraction and duties as a mother that may get in the way of getting them done in a timely manner.

I chose this Fitness Blender workout for its relatively short length, calorie burn range, level of difficulty and workout structure. It looked like it was right up my alley!

As it turns out, it was indeed right up my alley.

The core workout was a wonderful change from what I had been doing (the same two exercises for a long time). I loved the burn it gave me- as weird as that sounds.

The cardio portion was tough-more so than I thought it might be. I also liked that the moves were different than what I have gotten used to. My plan is to substitute some of my current ones with the ones in this workout.

After the cool down, I felt pretty spent. I was eager to see my calorie burn so I turned the screen of my watch on and it said….

360 calories (I am 5’4, 113-115 pounds)!

This was a pretty good amount in my opinion. I was happy with it especially because an after-burn would be part of the equation.

I think I will do this workout once in a while as well as do some of Fitness Blender’s other HIIT workout videos.

I highly recommend this workout

I am really glad I decided to change up my cardio day workout with this workout by Fitness Blender. It is another one of their great quality workouts that I think many fitness enthusiasts would enjoy. Make sure to check it out along with their other ones!

Have you done any Fitness Blender workouts? If so, what did you think of them?

Thanks for reading!

#workouts #fitness #hitt #womenwholift #FitnessBlender #cardio #caloriesburned #workoutcomplete

All of My Women’s Health Journals and Planners!

All of My Women’s Health Journals and Planners!

Hey all!

I decided to make a post with all of my women’s health journals and planners in one place. They do come in different covers so I will just put the best looking ones on here along with a description of each.

My books!

  1. Women’s Health Journal and Planner

This is my favorite and one that I use daily. It is a health tracker and daily planner all in one. There are 90 days of writing your symptoms (physical and mental), the food you ate, exercise you did, menstrual cycle information and what you need to do. You are also able to create goals for yourself and write down exercise routines.

2. PMDD Journal

This PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) journal provides 90 days of tracking mental and physical health as it relates to your diagnosis.

3. PCOS Journal

This journal is here to help you manage your PCOS diagnosis. There are 90 days of recording things like your symptoms (physical and mental), diet, exercise and menstrual cycle information. Other pages are for you to create exercise plans, diet plans, beauty routines, supplements/medications you want to try and your medical test results.

4. Beauty Journal

This journal is to track and manage your unique beauty. You are able to write down your current beauty routines, create new beauty routines, record what kind of products you want to try, write down DIY beauty recipes and more. There are also 90 days of daily tracking you can do.

5. Blog Post Planner and Organizer

This is not a women’s health related book but I wanted to put it on this list anyways. It includes pages that help you plan and create blog posts.

Pick up one….if you want!

I don’t want to come across as scammy- I just think someone out there might find these to be of value. Journaling and planning have helped me a lot and I bet it helps others as well.

If you choose to buy one of these-let me know what you think about it!

Thanks for reading!

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Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

Fitness Blender Calorie Burn Comparison

I really like Fitness Blender and all they have to offer in terms of at-home workouts. Their videos have given me the inspiration to formulate my own workouts that I feel are best for me.

Every one of Fitness Blender’s workouts videos has an estimated calorie burn range. Just out of interest, I have decided to do one of their workouts every once in a while and wear my fitness watch to see how many calories I actually burn.

This post will be the first comparison I do. Read on if interested!

Fitness Blender workout done: Daniel’s Upper Body Strength Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily

This is one of their many upper body workouts they offer. It is catered towards people who do not like a lot of repetition in their workouts.

This particular workout has three groups of strength training-no cardio. Each group focuses on two areas of the upper body (chest/back, shoulders/lats, biceps/triceps). There are eight exercises in each group.

The exercises in the groups are done back-to-back for 45 seconds each. There is a water break/longer rest after each group. The workout also includes a warm-up and cool down.

The duration of the entire workout is only 39 minutes due to the fast pace of the strength training. The weight you are to lift is entirely up to you and what you are able to handle.

This workout’s calorie burn estimate range: 227-404 calories

My take on this workout and my calorie burn

I usually do bursts of cardio with my strength training workouts to add in some extra calorie burning. This workout’s cardio-like activity comes from moving fast. A little bit of a change for me!

Despite it looking kind of easy, my arms definitely got really fatigued before the workout was over. It is actually not something I am used to when doing strength training.

Having my arms tired only part of the way through the workout seemed like a great sign to me!

Upon completion of this workout, I felt like I got a wonderful workout in even though there was no cardio. I had a feeling I was going to be sore then next day and I sure was.

I loved the way the workout was set up and I can definitely see how it would be good for someone who finds more traditional weight lifting to be boring.

My calorie burn for this workout (according to my watch) was only 120 calories. So despite feeling like I was working hard, I did not burn as much as Fitness Blender’s estimated calorie burn range for the particular workout. Bummer

I still really enjoyed this workout though and I would recommend it to others!

In conclusion

While I liked the workout and it did challenge me, I did not reach the calories burned estimate. What I plan on doing is taking this workout and making it my own. I will do a post about my changes to it in a few days.

Have you done Fitness Blender workouts? If so, did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

#fitnessblender #homeworkouts #homegym #powerblocks #weightlifting #fitness #exercise

Postpartum Bellies

Postpartum Bellies

Growing a baby is tough work!

It is no secret that a woman’s body can change after giving birth. When it comes to our bellies, some women find that they end up looking way different than before. After all, a new life was grown in them.

I am here to give another reminder that we are still beautiful!

What may happen to our bellies after childbirth

Many women have changes happen to their midsection after getting pregnant and giving birth. Some women out there are lucky enough to look exactly the same afterwards, but most do not fall in this category. That is perfectly okay!

Here are the ways that childbirth can alter the appearance of a woman’s midsection:

  1. Can cause diastasis recti- This is when the large abdominal muscles separate after giving birth. There will appear to be a bulge in the middle of the belly of the person that ends up with it.
  2. Stretch marks- Getting these can be caused by genetics and/or a high amount of weight gain.
  3. Loose and/or wrinkly skin- This is caused by the stretching of the skin that occurred during the pregnancy in order to grow the baby.
  4. Discoloration- Giving birth can lead to discolored skin that can last a long time in some cases.

These changes that women can end up with, may be really upsetting. Some report feeling ugly, fat, disgusting etc. Many also worry that their partners do not find them attractive anymore.

What can be done about post-child (or children) bellies

Some women may want to change the way their postpartum bellies look. Here are some ways that this can be achieved:

  1. Stay healthy and active- This is important in general!
  2. Healthy weight loss- Do not try to lose weight too fast after giving birth. This may cause even worse loose/wrinkly skin and stretch marks.
  3. Tummy tuck/surgical repair- This may help improve the appearance of diastasis recti and loose skin. The cost range for this type of surgery is $6,000-$12,000.
  4. Laser therapy- This may improve the appearance of stretch marks. It can cost $2,000 and up.
  5. Microneedling- This may improve the appearance of stretch marks. It can cost up to $4,500.
  6. Creams- There are creams that are made for improving the appearance of stretch marks and firming up loose skin. They may contain ingredients such as CoQ10, elastin, alpha hydroxy acids, collagen, DMAE and retinol. The cost can range from $10-$140+.

My post-child belly

Me and my weird Shein pajama set.

 I gained around 25 pounds during pregnancy which is pretty average. Throughout the months, I put on Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark cream all over my belly in hopes that I would not be left with any stretch marks afterwards.

Unfortunately, stretch marks showed up the very last two weeks of my pregnancy. I already had some stretch marks from puberty, so it was disappointing that I was going to have more.

I was still extremely excited to meet our son though!

After giving birth, the skin on my belly turned completely black. It was shocking. I was told it was normal for brown skinned women, but it was still unwanted.

In addition to the stretch marks and hyperpigmentation, I was also left with loose and wrinkly skin. I felt really ugly. Fortunately, my husband was really nice about it and said that it would look better in time.

He was right!

After my gradual weight loss and getting back into shape, my belly started to look a lot better. The stretch marks reduced in color and the hyperpigmentation went away.

I still have a little bit of loose and wrinkly skin on the lower part of my abdomen, but I can truthfully say that I am okay with it. No plastic surgery is wanted!

Our bellies have been through a lot!

It is totally normal to have a different looking belly after having children. We are not gross because of this. It can be hard to see it that way, but it is important to try. Doing things to improve the way our bellies look is only part of the equation.

Thanks for reading!

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