Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review on Fancii's Cora 7 Facial Brush

This blog is way overdue. I won my Fancii Cora 7 Face and Body System* last year through Fancii's instagram account and have been using it ever since. I didn't even think I'd use it a lot, to be honest, but now I use it daily.

So the seven piece set includes: a large body brush, facial brush, an exfoliating foam head, a pumice stone, a silicone face brush, a rolling massager and a shower handle extender. My esthetician has always told me how important exfoliating is key when caring for my skin because it removes dead and dry skin cells on the surface of your face. The exfoliating foam head is probably my favorite thing about the while set.




 The six heads are detachable and easy to use. Each has it's own purpose and can be used up to twice daily. It has two spinning speeds: deep cleansing and gentle exfoliating. It's cordless, uses 2 AA batteries, and works on all skin types. It also travels well. I have brought it on many trips and comes with a travel bag (which I have actually lost before I could even use it, so I can't comment on the quality of the travel bag). I use it mostly in the shower because it is 100% water resistant.






According to Fancii's website, these are the purpose of head head:

Facial Cleansing Brush: for daily deep cleaning and help reduce acne breakouts

Silicone Face Brush: More gentle for people with sensitive skin

Large Body Brush: for scrubbing your back and other hard to reach places

Exfoliating Foam Head: for microabrasion use, twice a week. Helps polish your face for a silkier and smoother feeling skin

Rolling Massager: Improves blood circulation and skin elasticity, which stimulates collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Pumice Stone: Removes rough patches of skin from hands and feet

I have used it for months now and I highly recommend it. I have noticed that it takes off my makeup way better than using my hands. I can definitely feel and see a difference almost right after I use it, it's so smooth! Using the spin brush, along with my regular facials, has been big difference in my skin. I have less breakouts, that's for sure!




The Pumice Stone is fantastic! I can't always afford or have time for pedicure, so this attachment is great to have. At first, I was concerned because I didn't think it would work as well because even the highest spinning speed didn't seem strong enough to handle my dry rough heels. I was pleasantly surprised when the first spinning speed actually worked really well. It is a great quality stone.


My verdict on the Fancii Cora 7 Face and Body System? I highly recommend it! It's a quality  skincare product, it works and is affordable. The replacements sets are affordable as well. If you are new to Fancii products, you can sign up for a 15% off coupon on your first order!

Have you tried the Fancii Cora 7 Face and Body System? What are you thoughts?






* I won the Fancii Cora 7 Face and Body System in a Instagram giveaway through Fancii. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Interview With Sean Mulroney

I have followed Sean Mulroney on Instagram for a a few months now and he is one of the most inspiring people on social media. Sean's heaviest weight was 687 pounds, his current weight is an impressive 583 pounds and his ultimate goal is 250 pounds. There are very few men sharing their weight loss struggles so openly on social media, and it is refreshing. He has been featured on FoxNew2, Forbes  and ITV.  He is likable, relatable, and genuine. After I spoke with him on the phone, I quickly realized that this one blog isn't going to cover everything I want to because it would be as long as a novel, which incidentally Sean is working on. He has so many things in the works that will blow your mind. I actually took TEN pages of notes while we were talking. With the help of his trainers, doctors, and other professionals he is hoping to smash the stigmas and stereotypes of people who are obese and get people the help they need and deserve. He knows how poorly some obese people have been treated, even in the medical field because he has been treated the same way. The stories he shared with me had me speechless.


Sean is very active on social media and he told me straight away that he will answer every message and email he gets right off the bat. He thinks that it is vital to respond to his followers who are looking for encouragement and support. He has a podcast that is set to launch later this month with his trainer Brandon. He has a reality show in the works called "Sean Mulroney's Weight Loss Adventures" that he hopes will kill the stigmas of obesity with compassion and humor.


Image: Sean Mulroney


On a much larger scale, Sean has told me about a program that is an alternative to the Affordable Healthcare Act. He is working with trainers, doctors, chefs, and so many others to bring you Sean360. Sean360 will help people get started on their healthcare journey and give them the tools to be successful. Sean360 will give people access to doctors, specialists, chefs, trainers, nutritionists, cheaper prescriptions, and so much more.


I'm just scratching the surface on what Sean hopes to accomplish. After talking with him, I have no doubt that he will be changing lives all over the world with his mission. He is thankful to have a platform where he now has the opportunity to encourage and help others. He said multiple times during our conversation that he has turned his greatest pain into the greatest platform. You can sign up for Sean Mulroney's Obesity Revolution here for free.  You will have access to meal planning, exercise videos and so much more!


Tell us about yourself


I am a husband, a father, a radio personality, and a guy with the battle scars of life. My father died when I was six and that trauma was never dealt with appropriately. It manifested in very destructive behavior at a very young age. By Gods grace, I am here and I have a mission to educate, edify, and to assist folks like me that are dealing with morbid obesity.



What made you decide to share your story on social media?


I knew that my situation was not unique, morbid obesity afflicts millions around the world and I believed it was time to put a face to Morbid Obesity, my face, so that we could tackle it as a group and create a meaningful, life changing movement. I needed to create awareness that would cause action – we all know someone who is obese, and when a person’s size is brought into the forefront of a situation or conversation, everyone gets uneasy, embarrassed. . . the time to ignore the subject is over – people are dying because folks are too embarrassed and aren’t comfortable with saying it out loud.  Morbid obesity is a condition that is reversible.



Tell us about The Obesity Revolution and how it started


It started with a simple statement of fact that diets don’t work. Additionally, gyms are not prepared to have a clientele whose weight exceeds 300 pounds individually. The morbidly obese are invisible, ignored, and not considered. From clothing sizing, to seats in a movie theatre, to shoes, to adequate healthcare. I am sick of seeing people rejected, refused health care, dying because they are obese.



When did you realize that you needed to get healthy and lose weight?


On some level, I always knew – I was a big kid, a big guy, but I was active. I was a jock all throughout school, and I was active as an adult too. Weight has a way of creeping up on you when you don’t stay cognizant of your overall health. I was hospitalized back in 2000. I went in believing my weight to be around 350 pounds. They put me on the scale and I was actually over 500 pounds – that news hit me hard. I felt like I had been punched.



Was there anything that triggered the weight gain?


When I was in first grade, my father died. My sweet mother lovingly prepared feasts in an attempt to make me feel better. Comfort food. My teen years saw me substitute food with drugs and alcohol, but when I was 21, I kicked those habits and went back to what I knew: food. I am not at all blaming my mother, she was a loving, giving, caring mom. She was the best. In dealing with my father’s death, we coped as best we knew how. Grief counseling had not been invented yet.



Have you tried losing weight before?


Sure, hundreds of times. Each attempt was a failure, because I didn’t know that what I needed (what everyone needs). To look at weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change. Diets are inadequate – they are short term – they don’t work.



Was there an "Ah-Ha" moment when you realized that you needed to take your health seriously?


The hospital incident scared me, but what sealed it for me was watching my first daughter being born. That hit me right between the eyes and I thought to myself, “If I don’t face this, she will lose me and I can’t let her grow up without a daddy.” You see, I know, first hand, what that life is like and I will not let that happen to my girls.



What was your initial plan to get started?


Once I realized that I could not do this job alone, the plan was to make a phone call. That was my first step. I called Oakville Fitbody Boot Camp and left a message. A trainer named Brandon Glore called me back. Brandon was different that any trainer I had ever encountered before. Brandon wasn’t interested in vanity, or numbers. His goal was and is to train me to get healthy and stay healthy.



Image: Sean Mulroney




Image: Sean Mulroney




What was your biggest obstacle when you first started to lose weight?


Mentally, my biggest obstacle was to throw away all that I thought I knew about weight loss – everything we have been told, taught, and sold. Most everything out there is a gimmick and their purpose is to appeal to the people who want to lose weight for vanity sake, not for their overall, long-term health. Physically, my biggeste obstacle was the health industry. Doctors dismiss – they tell you to eat less and move more. They tell you to go see a dietician. Gyms don’t have equipment that most morbidly obese people can use. I could go on – but basically the biggest obstacle for me, physically, was and is the lack of access to necessary equipment and the lack of interest from those whose vocations it is to help people.



What is your biggest obstacle now?


My biggest obstacle now is my stage 4 lymphedema and the water retention that comes with it. I am doing all I am supposed to, but there is no way to control when the lymphedema flares up. The water weight gain is real weight, but its just water.



What has surprised you the most while losing the weight?


How quickly the weight can come off and then climb back on again. For me, water retention is a huge issue due to the lymphedema in my lower right leg. Additionally, the combination of food choices and how they react, chemically in the body is fascinating – I never realized there was so much science involved in human digestion.



What keeps motivated you to keep going?


My wife and daughters – they are my life and I fight for them. They deserve my absolute best and I am giving it to them every single day. The next powerful motivator is all the people who I have come to know on this journey, we hold each other accountable and I can NOT let them down.




Have you hit any plateaus? If so, how did you handle them?


I have hit plateaus. They aren’t the same for everyone, and mine happens to be the lymphedema. Some days, I can barely walk and that affects my workouts. Brandon is an amazing trainer and an amazing person – he tailors my workouts to my physical limitations and those limitations can change daily. Brandon changes my meal plan and workout routines up regularly so that plateaus don’t happen as often, this confuses the body which has been life changing!



Who have been your biggest supporters?  


Besides my family, my supporters are the folks who I’ve come into contact with via social media. They have joined me on this journey, and we are traveling together. We encourage, we complain, we congratulate, we share. There is a genuine camaraderie because we are sharing the common goal of getting healthy and staying healthy. I have met some phenomenal people and had I not made my journey public, I would never have been blessed to know them.



What was the best advice you received while losing weight and getting healthy?


Stay focused and be patient with myself. That’s hard to do for almost anyone. We humans are hardest on ourselves – we get impatient, we get flustered. This is a journey, not a sprint.



What is the best part so far of getting healthy?


Besides coming into contact with some truly amazing, brave, strong people, I’d say the best part is proving to everyone that it can be done. The formula for healthy weight loss is not an exact science as each person’s needs and circumstances need to be considered before they decide on a plan of action. THEN the science kicks in!



What is your current exercise routine?


I work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and at home workouts daily. He considers my leg as well as my physical health (I just recently had a bout of the flu) He never intends to wear me down. He’s in this with me for the long haul. I couldn’t ask for a better person to be training me.


Image: Sean Mulroney



Are you following a specific diet?


Diet is a 4-letter word.  “Diet mentality” can make a person think that they are depriving themselves of something delicious and decadent. I am depriving myself of nothing, I am letting go of things that, in excess, will harm me and will sabotage my journey. I am making smart food choices, eating and drinking things that will benefit my body, not satisfy a craving or a want. That’s not to say I don’t indulge once in a while. I used to drink a few liters of soda in a day – I drank it like water! Occasionally, I will allow myself a soda, but 99% of the time, it’s water, water, water.



What are your biggest temptations, how do you deal with them?


I really don’t deal with cravings or uncontrollable urges regarding food. Sometimes I justify eating something less than healthy for all the good I’ve been doing, but I don’t treat myself to excess. My mindset has changed considerably, so that I am strong enough to weigh the benefit or consequence of a choice.



Do you get treated differently now that you have lost weight? Is it negative or positive?


Considering my starting weight of 687 pounds, it’s not as easy to tell that I’ve lost 105 pounds. I share my successes and setbacks. I learned that obese people are held to a different standard than those who only are 10 – 30 pounds overweight. People who know me cheer with me and my critics treat me the same as they always have.



Proudest moment so far?


The day I lost the weight that was equivalent to the combined weight of all 3 of my daughters – we even had shirts made! THAT was a monumental day! Maddie was 54 pounds, Livie was 30 pounds and Kenzie was 18 pounds… I had reached 102 pounds lost and I’m still going.







What are your future goals?  


My greatest pain has become my greatest platform, and because of The Obesity Revolution we are committed to reaching others who are in the same situation I am in – It is our mission to mentor, to educate, to encourage. I am committed to be the person I needed when I was in my darkest time. We will provide access to medical professionals and health & fitness and make it affordable for all. Nobody should have to flounder because they can’t afford it.



What advice do you have for people who are struggling to lose weight and want to get healthy?  


Don’t give up on yourself. You may not be able to do this alone, and that’s ok – when we have leaky pipes we call in a professional because we don’t have their skills and training. Weight loss is no different. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Keep reaching out, you will find someone to help you. This Revolution has gained so much momentum and people are finally coming out into the light. We are there for you and for each other.




Favorites


Healthy snack: Cashews


Workout: Battle ropes


Hobby: Watching baseball


Way to relax: Candy crush


Treat meal: Pizza! Specifically pepperoni pizza Ferraro’s East Coast Pizza


Drink: Grape Propel (made by Gatorade)


TV show: Shark Tank


Movie: Tommy Boy!


Book: Bible


Singer/Band: Chris Cornell – Lead Singer of Sound Garden … RUSH, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Alice in Chains


Sports team:  Pittsburgh Steelers & St. Louis Cardinals


Body part:  Eyes


Workout song: Cheerleader by Omi


Mantra: You don’t have to be perfect to inspire others, you just have to show people how you deal with your imperfections


Guilty pleasure: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


Quote: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care




Social Media Links:


Website  - www.theobesityrevolution.com


Facebook – facebook.com/iamseanmulroney


Instagram - @theobesityrevoution


Twitter - @iamseanmulroney


YouTube - theobesityrevolution


Podcast – Sean Mulroney’s Obesity Revolution (getting ready to launch)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Trip Out West: Day 4

Day 4 (9/19/17) was exhausting, terrifying and amazing all at once. We had a jam packed day and I found that I'm not to fond of thirty-two foot ladders.



We woke up in Farmington, New Mexico and headed out to the Aztec Ruins National Monument. We walked around the half mile trail and it was a self guided tour. Ryan stepped up and read from the booklet they gave us, but I'm pretty sure he made up a bunch of shit. The ruins are nine hundred years old and most of the original structures are still there. We were able to walk through a lot of the rooms which was really cool. The one thing I was NOT happy about was that they were out of patches. I even spoke with woman at the register and she asked for my email so she could let me know when they were in so I could order one. I"m still waiting for that email and it is the only patch that I'm missing from our trip. Now that I'm an avid patch collector, it is driving me crazy that I don't have a complete set of our trip.


Our next stop was the Four Corners National Monument were you can be in Utah, Colorado, New New Mexico and Arizona all at the same time. There were a lot of Native American vendors there with some beautiful things for sale like paintings and jewelry. 


Our final stop of the day was Mesa Verde in Colorado and it was gorgeous! There are forty miles of roads that have almost five thousand archeological sites and six hundred cliff dwelling, so there was lot to see! We were lucky enough to get tickets for a guided tour of the most impressive dwelling. We had a few hours before the tour started so we drive around and drove up to over right thousand feet. While we were driving up we heard a lot of crackling in the back of the car. Our Cheetos bags were blowing up like a balloon because of the elevation change.  


Ryan had told us a bit about the tour but as the ranger started explaining exactly what we were in for, I got a bit nervous. He explained there was a bunch of stairs (fine), a tunnel we had to crawl through that was wide of the ranger's hat (a little concerning because I'm not known for having slender hips) and the thirty two foot ladder. Now, I'm not afraid of heights at all, so I didn't think anything of it. I also under estimated how much thirty two feet actually was.  From far away, the ladder didn't look bad at all because it looked like it was at an angle. As we got closer to the ladder, the more nervous I got because it wasn't at an angle at all. The ladder itself was very smooth and felt slippery to me. There were no divots or any traction on the rungs. As I started to climb, I began to sweat A LOT. The ranger kept saying to not look down and keep looking up. I felt my palms start to start to sweat and was nervous that they would slip because the rungs were so smooth. It felt like it took hours to get up it, but it was less than ten minutes. Once I got to the top, I let out a huge breathe of relief. I looked over and saw people going up a ladder  and it didn't register until I got up to it, that is was another f-ing ladder that we had to go up to get out of the dwellings. The dwelling was amazing and we walked through a couple rooms. I climbed the last ladder nervously and finally made it to the top. Despite nearly pissing myself, I'm glad I did it. Our pictures honestly don't do it justice. 



We ate at a great Mexican restaurant for dinner that had the best queso dip I've ever had. After eating, we checked into our hotel and relaxed. I realized that I forgot something in our car so Matt and I walked out in the dark to the parking lot. As I was looking in the car, we heard a weird rattling sound. We realized that it was probably a rattle snake under a car and we got the hell out of there. 

After that scare, we headed up to our room for the night. We were looking forward to the next day because we were going to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! 



Monday, January 1, 2018

Trip Out West: Day 3

We started the day (9/18/17) before the sun came up and we were jolted wide awake because Ryan decided he could win a race against a train. Red lights flashing, the arm dropping down and the train's whistle wasn't enough of a clue to Ryan that a train was racing our way. Very Dukes of Hazard.

Our first stop of the day was Petrified Forest National Park. The colorful hike was a little over 2.5 miles and I had never seen anything like it. There are what looks like regular tree logs from a distance but they are really made of beautiful glittery quartz. The second hike, Crystal Forest, was about a mile and a bit more hilly.


The next stop was the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site where we got another stamp and patch. It is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. It was a nice little quite stop with horses and little kittens. I think the kittens were Jess's favorite part of the trip. 


Our final stop was the gorgeous Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The canyon itself was all different shades of reds, oranges and browns. There are bright green tree and grass and the views are amazing. The main site to see is definitely Spider Rock a huge that is 750 feet tall and apparently is used in a lot of TV commercials. 


The rest of the afternoon was spent driving on very curvy and winding roads. The elevation reached 8500 ft at some points! No matter what the speed limit was, it felt like it was way too fast because we were VERY close to the edge of cliffs and to a lot of unfazed cows. The winding roads got to me towards the end of the drive and had to have Ryan quickly pull over so I could throw up on the side of the highway in New Mexico. It wasn't my finest moment, but I did feel better afterwards and was able to enjoy a lovely meal at Sonic.