…Gas Station Snacks: Healthy Hidden Treasures…

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of traveling quite a bit to participate in various endurance races.  YES, IT IS HARD to eat healthy and make healthy food choices while traveling (and in your everyday life).  BUT, there are healthy alternatives out there for you to choose over the non-healthy snack choices.

Yes, it is clear that in every gas station or small food shop there are an abundance of unhealthy food choices. These unhealthy choices also tend to be a lot cheaper.  BUT, when I look at the price of a healthy option compared to a non-healthy option I consider it an investment. An investment to my health and an investment to help me reach my health and fitness goals.

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What is the first thing you typically see when you walk into the gas station or convenience store? That heavenly rack of full of chips, marked down candy bars, or sometimes even “Fresh Baked Donuts”.  Although all of these things are very delicious snack options…they may not be the best option especially if you have a long car ride or if you are diligently working towards your fitness goals.

Typically the “healthy isle” is hidden in the back of the store.  But, I have found that more and more gas stations are starting to carry healthy snack options.

Here are a good food options that I have been able to consistently find at gas stations:

  • fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • beef jerky
  • mixed nuts & seeds
  • trail mix
  • cheese
  • peanut butter
  • popcorn
  • sandwiches and wraps
  • energy bars
  • protein bars
  • pretzels
  • protein drinks
  • yogurt
  • small veggie trays
  • water

Sunflower seeds:

One of my favorite “go-to” snack options.  It is low-calorie, low high in fiber, and rich in monounsaturated fats.  Although this snack packs a lot of sodium and more fats than I would like, I like to have these to snack on when I have a long trip and I feel as if I am getting tired. I have found that snacking on something like this helps me to take my mind of off zoning out while driving and helps to keep me alert and awake.

Beef jerky:

Another snack that may have a lot of sodium but it will help to deliver a nice dose of protein and does not pack a lot of calories.  You can get a variety of flavors such as turkey, spicy, BBQ.  BUT be careful because some flavor contain sugar to help make it sweet.

Energy or Protein Bars:

Another option that is great BUT you also have to be careful about which bar that you grab.  ALWAYS check out the nutritional label when searching for something like a protein bar.  Some bars contain just as much sugar and carbs as candy bars!! You want to grab a bar that is high in protein, low in carbs, and low in sugars.  There are so many great options.  You will just have to take a second, stop, and read the label before you walk away with it.

Dried Fruit:

This can include varieties such as raisins, cranberries, banana chips, apple chips, etc.  These are a great option for a longer car ride if you want fruit but do not want to grab fresh fruit.  Make sure to also look at the label to make sure that there was not flavoring or added sugar added to these.  Some companies just freeze dry the fruit and only adding agents to help preserve the fruit.

Baked Chips:

I do understand how hard it is to walk away from the gigantic chip isles that consume most convenient stores.  If you do choose to grab a bag of crunchy goodness at least try to get the least heart clogging option!  There are a lot of great varieties that are regularly being carried in stores.  POPchips, baked kettle chips, and Special K also have a cracker chip that is also a good option. BUT if you have the time grab some popcorn and pop it at the gas station! Most gas stations have microwaves for you to use. Popcorn is lower in calories, carbs, and is a healthier option.  You can also consider Rice cakes or even Quest Nutrition recently came out with a healthy chip option (I have NOT seen these in the stores but I purchase mine online and pack them in the car with me for my trips).

Beverages:

As always water is the BEST option. Keep in mind that you want to sip on your water and not guzzle it down.  You can guzzle it down as quickly as you would like…but that may require you to stop at more gas stations while trying to reach your destination.  A lot of stores are also carrying milk, fruit juice, and flavored carbonated water.  As always, try to stay away from the drinks with empty calories.  This applies to pretty much 90% of the drinks at a gas station.  Some are starting to carry unsweetened tea and other healthier options for you to enjoy

I hope that this list was somewhat helpful.  I know that when I first started traveling it was a continuous battle to stay away from the chip and candy isle.  Some stores do not carry a variety of healthy options.  That is why I typically carry my own “traveling snack pack” that has all of the healthy snacks that I typically crave while on a trip.  I do enjoy going into gas stations and checking to see what items they do offer.  I honestly tend to stop at the same locations if I know that they will have something that I may want or need for my trips.  It does take time to look and plan these things out BUT it is so worth it.  Like I stated above…Think of it as an investment! An investment to your health and an overall investment to your fitness goals.






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…infinite life fitness recipe: sweet potato chocolate fudge cake…

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Chocolate Cake… two words that will make most people’s ears perk up and their mouths will  start watering.

Getting healthy and fit does not mean that you have to completely abandon the things that taste the best to you.  As with anything, you can still enjoy your favorite things but, MODERATION is key.  If you have a sweet tooth enjoy a nice small slice of chocolate.  If you want a brownie or some ice cream stick to the actual serving size that is recommended on the size of the box (yes that means measuring out or weighing out the correct portions) instead of just guessing at the amount that you think is “a small portion of food”.

Another trick that I have learned is to find other recipes that provide the same great taste of regular treats but carry more nutritional macronutrients.  There are a lot of recipes out there…so try out a few to see what you will like the best! And never be afraid to change recipes around s that they contain things that YOU like. It may take several attempts to get the recipe down the way you like but that is the fun part…trying to figure out what will turn out delicious (and nutritious!)

Today I am sharing the recipe of an outstanding treat.  Sweet potato chocolate cake.  It is very flavorful moist, and honestly taste the exact same as other chocolate treats that you can get at the store.

What you will need:

(Put all of these ingredients into a food processor)

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 40-50 stevia drops (Or other sources of sweetener.  You can also use sugar or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops protein powder (I used 1st Phorm Whey Protein)
  • 4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
  • 8 tablespoons cocoa powder (or dark chocolate cocoa powder)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

What you will do:

  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Blend all of the above ingredients together VERY WELL!
  • Place combined ingredients into a muffin pan (or you can make a pan of brownies and later cut them into desirable slices).
  • Cook these for 20 – 25 minutes checking them periodically
  • IMPORTANT: *make sure you use either silicone bake ware or line your bake ware with parchment paper.  It makes the cake cook evenly and helps to limit the outside cooking faster than the inside (making it easier to separate after it has cooled).

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I typically will make a few dozen of these and keep them in the freezer.  This allows them to last a lot longer.  When you would like to enjoy one just pop it in the microwave and top with a dollop of peanut butter, whip cream, Greek yogurt, or even low calorie ice cream (like Arctic Zone).  The great thing about this recipe is that you can get very creative! You an add nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or anything else you would like. BUT BE CAREFUL with the amount of things that you add.  The more you add the more you compromise the good nutritional value of this healthy treat.

Try this out on your own and dress it up however you like.  If you decide to try it post it on instagram and tag the picture with #infinitelifefitness so that I can see it! :-)

Hope that you are able to enjoy them as much as I do!.

 

 






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… Fit Chicks Guide to #lifestylesofthefitandflexin…

There are just some things that you DO or DO NOT do once you cross over to being a fit chick.  These things are adapted simply because…it is what most fit chicks do!  Yeah I am going to go ahead and say “all of the kool kids are/are not doing it” because lets be honest….most fit chicks I know have slowly transitioned to doing/not doing some of these things!

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{1}… Throw away the scale…

At this point…who cares!!! You have been eating healthy (most of the time), crushing the weights in the gym, and looking leaner and BETTER than ever.  The scale does NOT define the fitness success you have accomplished throughout your fitness journey.  You now measure your success via the slimming waist…bulging muscles…and wonder woman like strength that is slowly developing.  REJOICE for  you are now no longer a slave to the scale (and you may even get excited when you realize you have actually GAINED a pound or two!)

{2} …You look forward to rest days….but spend some portion of your rest day looking forward to when you can get back in the gym…

Yes…sometimes you do need to take a little break from the iron temple.  You do have to listen to your body and know when to just stay at home some days.  Although it may be hard it is still necessary.

{3}…Stay away from Whole Foods (or any other health food store)…

I am in NO way bashing these places…but believe me your pocket book will thank you later for it! I can not remember ONE trip that I have made to my favorite health food store that I did not drop at least $100.  Darn those sample trays and weekly “new hot item” signs.  *sigh* they get me EVERY time…and of course you can not just grab one!  They are usually on sale for 2/$5 or 3/$8….or some random price.  And of course they will have several different flavors for you to try. So why not just grab one (or two) of each to try! What can it hurt!?? It is healthy AND on sale!

{4}…find a good tea infusing mug AND tea pot…

Realistically who makes just one cup of tea?  And for those of use who can not find time to sit at home and actually enjoy the cup of tea you have to learn how to be mobile.  Stores like Teavana sweetly beckon to you every time you walk by.  And do not even think about taking a stroll down the tea isle at the grocer store!  There is always tea on sale and they store always has new/seasonal teas brightly and boldly on display.

{5} …invest in the stretch….

When I speak of “the stretch” I am referring to Stretchy clothing.  Stretch pants…shorts…tank tops…shirts…and even bras!  Fit chicks around the globe can probably relate to me when I say that some of your favorite brands of clothing may not fit the same once those muscles start to develop.  Jeans that are too tight on your thighs but too big in your waist…cute baby T’s that wont fit over your arms….cute boots that wont zip up over your calf…*sigh* growing muscles come at a small price but you do not have to sacrifice fashion for your new physique! You will just have to learn how to adjust via new brands and stretchy material.

Hopefully some of this information was helpful.  I would like to think that it is safe to say that some of my fellow fit chicks can relate to what was said in this post.  If not…that’s ok! Maybe you can teach me a few things that I have not figured out yet!

 






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…infinite life fitness recipe: Protein Fudge…

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Working towards your health and fitness goals do not require you to completely sacrifice sweet treats.  Lets be honest…who doesn’t get a sweet tooth every now and then? And yes it can be hard to ignore those sweet cravings! So what do you do?

Instead of driving yourself crazy and trying to ignore the sweet cravings you should come up with healthy AND tasty alternatives for you have when you are needing something a little sweet.  Here is a treat that I personally love to make and usually keep in my freezer just in case I need to grab something sweet.

What you will need:

  • ¾ cup peanut butter (I use Skippy natural chocolate peanut butter)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder ( I chose to use 1st Phorm Vanilla Whey. Depending on the brand of protein you may need to use less or more! You will have to adjust your recipe)

What you will do:

  • heat up coconut oil and measure out 1/4 cup
  • Place all of the above ingredients into a mixing bowl
  • mix ingredients until batter is thick and sticky (I added small amounts of almond milk to get the mixture to mix and blend. I literally just added a few tablespoons)
  • Once the batter is mixed place in a freezer safe container
  • spread batter evenly into container
  • place container in freezer and allow to freeze
  • once the batter is frozen cut into even squares and enjoy!

NOTE: I stored my protein fudge in the freezer.  If thawed out it will just become runny and not thick.  Keeping it in the freezer allows it to stay in the fudge chunks.  Even though it is frozen, the fudge is very easy to bite into and chew.  It is slightly chewy and VERY yummy!

You can get creative and toss in nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else that you would like.  But remember, adding those things increase the calorie, carbs, and fat macro nutrient content in this treat.  So you want to try to limit what you add to make sure to keep it as healthy as possible.

Like I stated before, this is a great treat to keep around the house to help subdue those sweet cravings you may get. This snack is packed with an amazing taste and is high in protein.

Mix. Freeze. and Enjoy! Let me know how YOUR version of this recipe turns out!

 






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…Goal Setting: Being realistic and staying motivated…

When I sit down and initially meet with a client, one of the first questions I ask them is:

Can you tell me three main objectives you would like to achieve while working with me?

Can you tell me three small goals that you would like to achieve while working towards your major goals?

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Realistically getting healthy and fit is an overall lifestyle overhaul.  You have to change the way you think, the way you live, you have to change your overall outlook on how you see yourself and how you approach each and every day.

Overall your goal should be to obtain a healthy lifestyle.  You should want to lose weight, lose inches, but most importantly you should want to learn how to live and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Getting healthy and fit is not intended to be a quick fix.  It should not just be a 30…60…90 day challenge for you to participate in and once that timeline has gone by you go back to your old habits.  The goal should be to utilize your time to properly learn how to eat healthy, how to create a fitness schedule that works for your lifestyle, and learn how to balance your life/family/work obligations while working towards your goals.

Yes it is a great goal to start off wanting to lose 5…10…20 pounds.  But once you lose that weight what is next? You just give up because you reached your goal? While those are great goals those should be classified as SHORT term goals.  Your long-term goal should be to learn to keep that weight off while continuing to live a health and active lifestyle.

Other goals to consider adding to your list:

  • Learning to prepare healthy meals for you and your family. [This includes techniques that allow you to prepare meals for you to have throughout the week to help keep you on track and less likely to get tempted to just go and grab something at your local fast food place]
  • Creating your own workouts (and possibly your family). [This can range from scheduling active outings for you and your family, signing up for group classes at a fitness facility, hiring a trainer to help you and then learning to develop your own routine.  There are various avenues that can be taken to help you with this goal.]
  • Learning to focus NOT on the scale but on your overall health.  Your health should NOT be measured by the number that is on the scale.  [While working towards your goals it is important to look at other variables such as your body measurements or how you look/feel to help you measure your progress. ]
  • Working towards building a stronger person INSIDE and OUT. [While on your fitness journey you should aim work on all aspects of your being not just the physical aspect.  Some people seek to also doing more volunteer work or even working on broken relationships with friends/family members.  You can also work on your own emotional relationship with yourself or your spiritual relationship.]

The trick is creating GOOD goals AND realistic goals.  Realistically you can lose about 2-4 lbs a week. Some weeks you will lose no weight….and then another week you may be a rock  star and lose 3 pounds.  Regardless of how much you do/don’t lose you have to stay motivated and determined to keep pushing towards your goals.

There are so many resources for anyone to utilize to help keep you motivated and accountable for your goals.  There are free websites and forums where you can chat and get encouragement from so many people who are willing to help. No one has to go through this journey alone! Utilize your resources and it will help to keep you pushing through the hard times.

Your goals are most definitely obtainable. As long as your goals are realistic, as long as you stay consistent and persistent, and as long as you stay focused and PATIENT you will get there! Your body will not change over night! How long did it take you to get to where you are today?  It will take you some time to lose what you have accumulated over time. BUT IT CAN BE DONE!!






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…Legion Of Boom…

 

 

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“Legion of Boom”

A connected group of individuals who help, encourage, and fight for their fellow fitness brethren.

A group of people championing the ideas of pushing yourself past your limits and demanding excellence out of everything you do.

A group of people feeding into the power of being connected via some form of strength and desire to succeed.

A connected family progressing through the trial and tribulations that life may produce yet overcoming them ten fold and stronger than  yesterday.

A group of people never settling for meritocracy, but working together as one to uplift and motivate the fitness masses.

Never working alone…but as one unit…crushing goals and aspirations…navigating to that next level sh*t…

 

When you finally feel like you have found your purpose in life….BOOM

When you have a purpose to live for and fight for every singe day….BOOM

When camaraderie supersedes any means of selfishness or feeling alone….BOOM

Knowing that you are not alone on this road to success.  Even though you can not see those working just as hard as you, they are there every day grinding and pushing as hard as you RIGHT BESIDE YOU…BOOM

What does it mean for YOU to be apart of such a big movement?

Are you ready to join the Legion? 

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…Infinite Life Fitness Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna…

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I don’t know about you…but there are just some things that I can not give up.  BUT the key to reaching your health and fitness goals is FINDING A BALANCE.  You may not have to completely give up on the things that you enjoy the most. All you have to do is slightly alter them.

I came up with a zucchini lasagna that taste JUST AS GOOD as the real thing…minus the pile of noodles that come along with a lasagna.  Not only does it taste just as good…there are fewer calories and MORE protein!

What you will need:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (or lean beef or any other chopped up lean meat)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 dices onions
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 16 oz contain of low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 3 cans of diced tomatoes (i used the fiesta lime Rotel)
  • 1 pack of low-fat shredded cheese
  • 1 LARGE zucchini  (or enough zucchini to cover the various layers that you want)

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What you will do:

  • Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook and season meat in a pan and set aside for later step
  • wash your zucchini (some people have even skinned the zucchini…so you can do what you prefer)
  • you can slice the zucchini into long thin strips OR you can cut your zucchini into round slices such as I did:

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  • Next you HAVE to grill or saute your zucchini.  Zucchini is a vegetable that retains a lot of water. If you do not pre-cook the zucchini when you cook the lasagna it will become a watery/soupy dish.
  • After you cook your zucchini pieces start to layer your dish:

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  • Now layer your lasagna with the other ingredients:

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  • This is when you can get creative and mix up how you put together your layers. I wanted to have a total of two layers on my lasagna so I just cut all ingredients in half and mixed them up between the two layers.

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This dish can make approximately 8-10 servings.

I was able to make this dish, separate the squares of lasagna out into containers and freeze the extra pieces. This lasagna was AMAZING flavorful. I would have to say having the lime Rotel added a new burst of flavor. I also enjoyed having the tomato past because that also added to the flavor of the meal.

The fun thing about these casserole is that you can mix and match ingredients and add or change anything that you would want.

Another great thing about making a dish like this is that you will be able to set aside portions of this lasagna to have later during the week. With the added cottage cheese and lean meat, this dish is packed with protein while still leaving you feeling full and satisfied.

Meal preparation is KEY when it comes to helping you stay on track with healthy meal planning and eating.  If you have food prepared and ready to eat you are more likely to make healthier meal choices during meal time.

 






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…Not Just for Appearance…

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The noughties truly was the decade of appearance and physicality. Gym- sculpted figures, honed through intensive workouts with trainers, bolstered with excessive doses of creatine and whey powder extract; these peacocks of fashion and appearance were once at the forefront of culture and everyday acceptability. Though these individuals still command a degree of notoriety and a healthy number of fans and followers, the trend has changed, and now people are trying to not simply make their appearance look honed and healthy, instead opting for a healthy lifestyle that does more for their interior than exterior.

Taking a look at the Cyruses, Byneses and Situations plastered across tabloids and gossip magazines, the bodily images on offer are enough to make any sound minded individual recoil. For the women, the now overly prescribed image is that of skinniness and pertness, bolstered by a ridiculous diet regime that is more likely to cause organ failure than a vacuous award from Cosmo. For the guys, six packs that look like overly constricted bundles of meat and ridiculous tans that could turn the word ethnicity on its head; these used to be the apex of image and fashion. Not any more, however.

 

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The focus now is on real health, a healthiness that stems not from image but from a good, natural diet that lacks all of the chemicals and toxins that, accepted in previous decades, now are causing headaches and nausea for anyone informed of the ridiculous tirade of food scandals that now seem ten for a penny. It is certainly true that physical fitness is part of maintaining good bodily health, but the notion of looking like Mr Universe is now far from the minds of the average joe.

The one thing still neglected however, is that of the health of the brain. Lots of things can help us train our brains to perform better, defter tasks; puzzles, Sudoku, reading, even online gaming such as that offered by sites such as River Belle online slots; all of these can engage your brain and increase your mental acuity, far better than merely sitting in front of the television.

For the youth, doing such tasks isn’t unknown, and digital natives are likely to have far healthier, ‘worked-out’ brains than their parents or grandparents for whom leisure time lacked the need for decision and abstract reasoning skills that games and puzzles now require. Those with a few more years under their belt shouldn’t be fazed by the need to train their minds, as the potential benefits could include fighting off dementia and feeling happier in general. Try it out!






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…Guest Post: Why You Should Choose HIIT Over Steady State Cardio…

This guest post is something that i know that i personally practice! I do a lot more HIIT than steady state cardio (steady state cardio is hopping on the treadmill, elliptical, or other machine and just going along for 30…40…50+ minutes).

Why You Should Choose HIIT Over Steady State Cardio

Step into any gym up and down the country and you will probably see lots of people on the exercise bikes, treadmills and steppers gently puffing along while hardly breaking a sweat.

Most will be glued to the latest reality TV show, lots will be deep in conversation with the person on the machine next to them, and some will be nonchalantly flicking through the pages of a celebrity magazine.

Why? Because they were told by someone years ago that hours of steady state cardio is an effective way to burn fat.

Well I’m here to tell you that this approach to losing weight is outdated, extremely ineffective and a colossal waste of your time.

Instead, you should be swapping those leisurely hours on the treadmill for bursts of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which will be much more effective in the long-term – and will also save you hours of time.

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Push it harder!

Ultimately, if you want to lose fat quickly and effectively, and get that cover model physique you’ve been dreaming of, then you need to step up the intensity NOW!

Fear not, this doesn’t mean giving it everything you’ve got for hours on end – unless you are a world-class athlete, this is a completely unrealistic target.

Instead, we’re just going to need your max effort for a few minutes.

Indeed, studies show that 5 x 30 seconds of super high intensity work followed by 4 minutes recovery are just as effective as 90 minutes of constant, low intensity cardio.

So, for the same gains, you can either workout for 90 mins or 22.5 mins.

Which one would you rather choose?

This is one of the beauties of HIIT – you can easily fit in an effective workout around a busy schedule.

However, be warned, these intensive bursts will be tough – we’re talking sick buckets at the ready tough!

Example workouts

These following workouts should give you a good idea of what HIIT involves – that is, high intensity intervals followed by rest periods.

1)      Squatting Carnage

Warm up and then rack up the barbell with a light weight. Squat 1 minute for reps. Rest 1 minute. Repeat 10 times.

2)      Hill Sprints

Run 1 mile to a hill as a warm up. Sprint 30 seconds up the hill and then jog back down. Repeat 10 times.

3)      ‘The Destroyer’

Warm up. Squat for 1 minute, 1 minute rest; Deadlift for 1 minute, 1 minute rest; Bench Press for 1 minute, 1 minute rest, Pull Ups for 1 minute, 1 minute rest. Repeat 2 times.

When attempting these workouts, there is one important caveat which you should bear in mind.

That is, the high intensity intervals should be max effort – in other words, give it everything you’ve got!

Wrapping it up

Importantly, steady state cardio still has its place when training for endurance events, and don’t get me wrong I still really enjoy the occasional 5 mile run – there’s nothing better when it comes to clearing my head and getting away from it all.

However, if you’re training exclusively for fat loss, you need to cast aside that low intensity work for good, as it’s not really achieving anything.

Ultimately, 3 bits of fruit, a Special K bar and low intensity cardio is not going to lead to fat loss anytime soon; getting down and dirty at the squat rack, hill sprints, and hard work will.

Good luck!

If you have any thoughts or questions on this topic, I’d love to hear from you – just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

About the author

Henry is a fitness junkie with a passion for heavy squats, strength training and martial arts. You can find him blogging over at GymTalk.

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…Merchandise Evaluation: Bolder Band Headbands…

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Alright ladies (and possibly gentleman) I know that some of you are fashionistas outside AND inside of the gym.   It is perfectly fine if you would like to look stylish why busting a sweat at the gym.  I will be honest and say that some days I do feel that way…and others I don’t LoL.  On the days that I am feeling stylish I will dress cute to the gym.  Not to impress anyone but just because that is how I am feeling that day.  And the other days you will see me sporting the random articles of athletic clothing that are not in the dirty clothes hamper.

I was lucky enough to have Bolder Band Headbands send me some to try their very stylish accessories that can be worn inside AND outside of the gym.  They are called Bolder Band Headbands.  I have tried several different types of head bands over the years and hands down these are by far one of my favorites.

Overall Comments:

90% of the time I am wearing some sort of headband but I always have an issue of them falling off or even falling apart after me using them so much and washing them.  I have put these to the test and they pass with flying colors.   Bolder Band Headbands  come in a variety of colors and styles which is awesome because you can buy a few and they can match various outfits.  They are very soft and the material is very stretchy yet durable.  I have A LOT of hair.  So I need something that will stretch especially on the days when I decide to wear my hair BIG and crazy.  These worker perfectly and did not slip or fall off.  And when I washed them (I did hand wash them and hang them to try) they looked and felt as if I had just taken them out of the package.

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Quality for Price:

Looking on the Bolder Band Headband website these range from $14-$15 which is a very reasonable price for headbands.  I know that when I have purchased some from the local super store or drug store they have been very similar to that price.  They also offer some deals where you can get free shipping when you place a minimum purchased order. So I know you are asking, “Are these bands worth $15?” and my honest answer would be YES.  I would (and plan on) buying more to give away as gifts to friends.  They are so cute and they have so many different styles to choose from.  I like that you can get away with wearing it at the gym and also use it as an everyday accessory.

Ranking Scale: (on a scale from 1-5)

Price: 4.5

Overall Quality: 4.5

Quality for Price: 5.0

Overall Appearance: 5.0

Overall Ranking: 4.75

**NOTE: Please make sure to note my product review disclaimer that can be found HERE***

I rather enjoy these bands and like I said I plan on getting more.  The only reason they did not get a complete 5.0 rating is (1) they do not currently offer a deal if you purchase more than one. It would be awesome to get a deal like…if you buy 4 you get one free or if you buy “x” amount they will be $10 each…or something like that. (2) I also think it would be cool to have a variety of  widths in the bands.  I know that some days the thinner bands look better depending on my hair style…and sometime I need wider bands.  TO have that variety would be awesome! But other than that I do not have anything negative to say about this product or the company and I highly recommend it!

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