A new face!

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I’ve decided to change the name of the blog! No longer will this online home be called FatSchmat. Instead, it’ll be called FitTriniMama! This speaks to my desire to be fit, rather than skinny, my Trinidadian heritage and Mommyhood!

I’m going to be changing the layout as eventually coming up with a logo. Hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later 🙂

Hope you like the new upcoming changes!

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Sport Armbands Aren’t For Fat Arms.

I have fat arms.

There’s no getting around it (or them). They’ve always been fat and I’m pretty sure they’re going to probably stay fat and jiggly no matter how much I work out and try to strengthen them.

And my arms are the reason I hate phone arm bands.

I got this armband for free in exchange for an unbiased review and I’ve gotta say that I’m not a fan. And really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s for pretty basic reasons, but I still don’t like it.

7186FlCgRrL._SL1200_1) My fat arms are too fat for this arm band. Even on the loosest, it’s very uncomfortable and unpleasant.What’s the point of an arm band if it doesn’t fit on my arm? And yes, it’s a personal problem, but I still don’t like it.

2) The plastic cover doesn’t fit perfectly and as a result the touch screen of my phone has lesser responsiveness. Pain in the butt.

3) The sweat! This fabric doesn’t breathe at all. I wore it for a 4 mile, 35 minute bike ride in the Arizona heat and my arm was so disgustingly sweaty afterward that it was ridiculous.

Honestly, I’m pretty darn sure I won’t be wearing this again. Anyone want it? Check out the details here.

Wanna be a Superhero??? Try a Superhero workout.

I love superheroes – Superman, Wonderwoman, Thor (heeeeeey Thor!). Batman and Ironman are ok. Being rich enough to buy your superherodom is not the same as being a legit superhero. Anyway, point is, I love superheroes and I think at some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero. Or maybe you’re like me and you want to be a superhero NOW.

At 33.

Post baby.

Ain’t no shame in my game.

Well, what if I told you there was a way to achieve that? And we have Neila Rey to thank for that.

Thanks to the interwebs, I stumbled across the Batman workout a while ago and was intrigued by it. batman-workoutBut, I never did it. Why? Because I was lazy and didn’t think I could. But every now and again, it would pop back up and I’d bookmark a page or I’d pin it on a board in Pinterest, never to be seen again. Well, that is no more. I have started my journey.

I was looking for different home workouts that I could complete and again came across the Neila Ray name. So, I checked out the site and was overwhelmed with how many workouts were available. Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, a guide to push ups, and, my ultimate choice – The Hero’s Journey. A 60 day plan. The description of the workout itself is motivating. It’s inspired by the “transformation from minion to master” and “totally transformative..When you have really traveled the hero’s path and have gone through your quest, you will have shed uncertainty, fear and doubt along with excess body weight. You will have forged a new character out of yourself, build strength and endurance and developed power.” I don’t know about you, but I want that in my life.

It’s been a week, and I feel great! My muscles are sore, but in a good . way. I’m losing weight and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The exercises are all body weight exercises, requiring no equipment or gym, which is good because I’m too broke for the gym and I don’t have the time to fit the gym in. With this workout, I can fit sets in while the kiddo is eating dinner or zoned out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

I’m on a mission. I’ve got about 45 more pounds to lose and I hope to have it all gone by the end of summer. This workout and the corresponding diet/meal plan are going to help me achieve that. I recommend this to any and everyone who wants to make changes and maybe has limited time and money. This was FREE and super effective. At the end of the 60 days, I know there will be changes and I can’t wait.

I’ve finally found what works for me. Thank you Neila Rey.

Food Scales and Why We Need Them

Weighing your food is a large part of portion control. Do you actually know how much you’re eating? I’m guilty of not always weighing my food. But when I do, I’m always amazed at HOW MUCH food I’m consuming. I might eat a chicken breast and think that I did a good job with my choice, staying within my caloric limit, but then the next day, I weigh a similar chicken breast only to find out that it was 7 or 8 oz instead of the 4 oz I thought I was eating. That’s the difference between 120 calories and 250 calories and that’s a big deal! I have a really bad habit of eating with my eyes rather than eating with my stomach (i.e. My eyes think I can eat an entire Hawaiian pizza. My stomach, on the other hand, knows better).

This is when a food scale comes in handy. I got my hands on a Fraser food scale and instantly loved it. This scale has touch sensitive buttons and pretty awesome accuracy. It’s got different weight options, ranging from 0 ounces to 11 pounds (inFraser food scale grams, ounces, pounds and kilograms). What I really like about it is that I can put a container on the scale, reset the “tare” to 0 and then place my food item in the container and not have to worry about having to do any calculations.

With my old scale, it was an “old school” scale, similar to what you’d use at the grocery store to weigh your produce and it was a pain in the butt because it would always need to be re-calibrated.

Every product has pros and cons and overall this is a pretty darn good scale.

Pros:

– Flat, easy to clean surface made of tempered glass;

– Digital;

– Can be calibrated to subtract the weight of a container added to it;

– Multiple weight options (oz, grams, lbs. etc.);

– Turns off automatically after 1 minute.

Cons:

– It’s a little small which doesn’t work for larger food items that you don’t want to have to cut up to fit in a bowl;

– Sometimes, the buttons don’t respond. I’m not sure if it’s because of the tempered glass or just general sensitivity but it can get annoying.

Overall, this is pretty darn good scale. I’d give it a strong 4/5 stars and highly recommend it to help you keep track of what you’re eating.

Laundering smarter or harder?

I’m all about making my life easier. I am too tired and have too much going on to have to hunt down lost socks or panties. This is where laundry bags come in. Have you ever used mesh laundry bags for your delicates?91p+F1-iQbL._SL1500_ I received this item for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review, so here it is…

I’ve used laundry bags in the past and these by Inside Smarts weren’t much different. The main things I liked:
– variety of sizes for different items: the medium bags are perfect for one or two bras while the large bags are perfect for a larger number of delicates and socks;
– the bags are durable and thick. Previous bags I’ve owned have been thin with flimsy zippers that fall apart after a couple uses.

I will say that they’re a bit expensive…I mean, for mesh laundry bags. I paid about $3 for one the size of the large on. Theoretically, I could have gotten 4 large bags for less than this variety pack (Please note, $15 is the “sale” price).

They weren’t horrible, but they weren’t anything to write home about, either.

Golly, this review is short. There isn’t much you can say about mesh laundry bags, huh? Yearning for more? Inside Smarts has made a video that you can enjoy in case the concept of mesh laundry bags eludes you. Lol

Overall, 4/5 stars.

Coconut Carrier Oil – A Product Review

A while ago, I told you guys about how much I love coconuts and everything coconut related. Well, that includes coconut oil. I’ve never cooked with coconut oil, but I use it in my hair and my son’s hair and occasionally will use it as a moisturizer as well.

coconut oilI was given some goPure Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil and Massage Oil in exchange for a review and that’s why I’m here. I’ll just cut to the chase. It was aight. The biggest thing that draws me to coconut oil is the smell. I LOVE the smell of coconut oil and this coconut oil was odorless. I was a little disappointed, to be honest. I was really hoping to have the benefit of coconut oil in an easy to use liquid state without anything being sacrificed.

That was the other thing I noticed. This coconut oil was ALWAYS in liquid state. If you have any familiarity with coconut oil, you know that it goes from liquid to solid very easily. If it gets too cold in your home, it will easily become solid and in the summer, chances are it will always be liquid. But, because this coconut oil was “fractionated” I guess some chemical process allowed it to stay in liquid form all the time. I will admit, that made it easier to use in my son’s hair and to mix with lotion as a moisturizer but I also felt like I was using too much of it because it just pooooooooured out the bottle.

For $26, I felt like this product is WAY too expensive. It’s currently on sale for $15 but per Amazon, the regular price is $26. For $15, I could get a giant jug of organic coconut oil good for cooking, hair AND as a moisturizer that would last twice or maybe three times as long as this one bottle.

On another note, I visited the website for this company today (http://www.gopurenaturals.com) only to find that the website is halfway set up with default filler text in place where “Customer Reviews” are supposed to be. I don’t know how I feel about that. A little unprofessional, I’d say.

Pros: Always liquid; easy to manipulate and mix
Con: Fragrance free, lacking that coconut smell; easy to use too much of it due to being liquid; poor website set up; price.

On a scale of 0 to 5, I’d rank it at about 2.5 stars. It has potential but I’m not a huge fan.

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Thanks to this flu, I’ve eaten NOTHING but DRY TOAST and WATER since SUNDAY and anything else has quickly been evacuated from my body! As a result, I’ve lost a WHOPPING 7 pounds in 3 days! At this rate, I’ll be at my goal weight in 20 days!

Is this a wonder cure for obesity, or what???

Seriously though, this stomach flu has been killer. Nothing is staying in my stomach (not even Pepto Bismol) and I don’t have an appetite for anything. It’s a wonder I’m not dehydrated. Please make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands after touching ANYTHING and before eating anything.

You know what, just walk around in a bubble. That’ll do it.