Saturday, October 27, 2018

Stay Hydrated with Shasta Sparkling Water + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by With Open Eyes To See on behalf of Shasta Sparkling Water

A few days ago. I shared with you my journey to weight loss. Today, I want to talk about strategies that help in that journey.

One of the biggest things my trainers pushed was staying hydrated. Cutting out sodas, sugary juices, and candy. Sodas were the hardest thing for me to let go of. They tasted great and my thoughts were "It's liquid so therefore, I must be staying hydrated, right?

Interesting fact: Caffeine in sodas is actually a Diuretic. Soda, in turn, dehydrates you faster as the caffeine can make you urinate more often and you lose more fluids. Your body doesn't absorb these types of fluids as well, so your body just doesn't benefit in any way.

Sodas and juices also hold high sugar content, so if you're trying to lose weight, it will contradict anything you are trying to accomplish. Even those with lower calories and sugars. What alternatives are out there where you can get that sweet flavor without all the calories and sugar and help you to stay hydrated?

With so much out there on the market to choose from, it all comes down to reading your labels. Finding out what is and isn't in your beverage is important. For a while, I was big into those water additives. Those packets of flavoring you can add to your water to make it taste better. I didn't have that carbonated aspect I craved and looking at the labels, they also contained artificial sweeteners.

That is when I found Shasta Sparkling Water!

Introducing the ALL NEW Shasta Sparkling Water! A unique sparkling water line that is the FIRST Soft Drink Alternative and FIRST Clean Label in the beverage industry. Shasta Sparkling Water is a worry-free, guilt-free beverage that tastes just like a regular soda but without all the unhealthy additives. 

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The only ingredients in them are carbonated water and natural essence. I am now able to stay hydrated, get that sweet carbonation soda flavor I craved without all the sugar and caffeine.

AND it's made in the USA!

I was able to try the Black Cherry and the Root Beer Flavors and I have to say that I was impressed! Every sip was a refreshing hint of flavor with that kick of carbonation. The essence of flavor was light enough that it wasn't too overwhelming, yet enough to just get that burst of flavor I needed like in the sodas I used to drink. I am definitely hooked! I get everything I need all in a can of carbonated goodness without having to feel guilty about what I'm putting into my body. I can keep hydrated and keep on my meal plan all at the same time :) I recommend trying every flavor.

The Shasta Sparkling Water comes in several different flavors without the calories, sweeteners, sugars, and sodium so you get a variety of tastes you'll enjoy without the guilt of sugary drinks.

Lemon Lime- incorporates the crisp bubbly taste of Shasta Twist
California Orange- has that refreshing tangy zest of Shasta Orange
Black Cherry- shares sweet impressions of Shasta Black Cherry
Draft Root Beer- enjoy Vanilla and Sassafras just like Shasta Root Beer
Cola- blends soft tones of kola nut you'd taste in Shasta Cola

The benefits don't just end with staying hydrated. Drinking water can reduce your risk of health conditions such as diabetes, some forms of cancer, obesity and other health risks.

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will keep you hydrated, your skin looking great and you won't feel sluggish all day long.

When looking for a carbonated beverage that has all the benefits of drinking water without sacrificing taste or your diet, Look for the brand that has been a household name since 1889,
Shasta Sparkling Water!

Enter to win a prize pack worth $19.99 including two cases of Shasta Sparkling Water and a Shasta T-shirt!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Life changing Journey with Cadefit and Fitness Tracker Giveaway

The past few months have been extraordinary for me. I have taken, head on, to changing my life and becoming a healthier person both inside and out.

Let me give you a little bit of background on what journey has fallen before me and why I decided to take a leap of faith.

Back in July 2018, I bent over to tie one of my elderly client's shoes. I literally couldn't breathe because my stomach had become so big that when I bent over it pushed into my ribs and lungs. I wasn't able to climb my stairs without getting winded halfway up and I just didn't have any energy. Naps were my best friend and even those didn't help me feel better.

I was completely mortified that I had let myself get so out of shape and just overall, so unhealthy. Here I was taking care of others, telling them how to eat and exercise and I couldn't even take my own advice.

One day I was strolling through my facebook and an ad popped up. It was looking for people who wanted to lose weight during a 6-week challenge. So I said what the hell and filled out the short form, hit submit and waited. A few hours later, I received a video text message from the owner of Cadefit, Brian Cade. He was thanking me for signing up and couldn't wait to meet me at our appointment. I have never had someone send me a personalized welcome. I was already impressed!

Two days later, I somberly walk into Cadefit and am welcomed with such encouragement and love. Another great first impression. I didn't feel judged for the way I looked nor did I feel out of place.

When I sat down with Brian, he asked me some normal questions about my health and what I'd like to accomplish if I started working with the gym. Then it got to some more personal questions such as. what I like to do for fun...I couldn't answer him. I sat there and thought about my life and what I like to do and couldn't come up with a single answer for him. I felt so small and wanted to burst into tears. It was in that moment, I realized how much I hated the person I was and refused to let myself live life.
My beginning weight at the start of the journey

I signed up for the yearly membership and began my 6-week challenge.

I've done challenges before but once completed, I would revert back to the same behaviors as I had and everything I worked so hard for came rearing back at me with a vengeance. I was back to square one.

The difference in previous challenges and Brian's program is that he has a team of people who help you along the way. They teach you how to make lifelong changes in your life so that you become successful in your journey and not revert back like all the other fads out there that promise results. They help you with a meal plan and recipes, a nutritional coach who calls and checks on your progress and answers any questions you might have. Trainers who encourage yet push your limits. So much more than I could have ever imagined.

In the 3 months I have been going to Cadefit, I have met some pretty incredible people and made some lifelong friends who, like myself, started the same journey to better their health and wellness and overall outlook on life.

I have lost a total of 25lbs so far! I am down to 152.6 My self-esteem has risen 100% and I don't hold myself back from enjoying life. I enjoy going for walks, hanging out with my friends and I have fun! I encourage others through my journey and give them hope that things can also change for them if they set their minds to it. I have changed the way I eat and stopped making excuses as to why I couldn't do it. I have the support that I never had before and learned what accountability truly stood for.

At the gym while away from home. Still holding myself accountable and getting that workout in!

Traci and I at Busch Gardens Getting some major steps and some thrills!
Enjoying a day at the beach in California

Rain won't stop us from having fun!
Enjoying time together for a fabulous Birthday.

Cadefit isn't just about working out. They hold events and outings that get everyone together enjoying the little things in life. We go for long walks, have potlucks, go to wine festivals, we meet up for charity events and so much more! Recently we all went to a place called Zenith VR and Escape. We brought healthy dishes, played a bit of Virtual Reality, got locked in an escape room and had a blast! I have definitely been added to a wonderful fitness family.

If not for clicking on a Facebook ad, I would still be an unhealthy, depressed, lonely person. Thank you Cadefit family and all the friends I have had supporting me this far. Without you, I wouldn't be who I've become.

If you live in the Hampton Roads area and would be interested in hearing more about Cadefit, other success stories or want to become a member of our family, feel free to contact any of the team members with the info below.

301Village Ave
Yorktown, Va. 23693
Or you can email Brian directly at

You can also visit the website to learn more about the program. see testimonials from happy successful clients, and meet the team of professionals who help with your fitness journeys.

I know I am blessed to be a part of the Cadefit family and I can't wait to meet you as you begin your new and healthy life!

In celebration of my success, I wanted to share a giveaway with you all!

As I've taken my journey there has been one device that has helped me track my steps, my weight and helped me to stay accountable. One lucky winner with receiving a Sports Band Fitness Tracker in Purple to help you!

Enter below for your chance to win and let's take a healthy adventure together :)

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Treat With Java Factory Trick and Treat Coffee and Giveaway

­čĹ┐Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays! I get to watch as my children get all dressed up in their ghoulish costumes and then raid their candy stash as soon as they walk in the door :)
(Come on, you know you do it too!)

Passing out candy to the kiddos is not only fun but you get to meet all kinds of new people. The only's a bit chilly out there. To warm me up from the inside out, I sip on a nice hot cup of coffee. Nothing keeps the hands more toasty than a warm mug full of caffeinated goodness.

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For the Halloween season why not celebrate it with Trick and Treat Coffee from Java Factory.

Java Factory Trick and Treat is a limited edition coffee with a blend of Pumpkin and Marshmallow flavors that will have any monster jumping for joy.

I personally love the combination of aromas and bold flavor. It's available in K-cup form so I'm not waiting for my coffee to brew. I just pop a pod into my Keurig machine and POOF, I'm back to handing out treats to zombies and ghosts.

Trick and Treat Pumpkin and Marshmallow coffee is made with 100% Arabic coffee beans that are slow-roasted, so I know I'm getting quality and ultimate flavor.

With Java Factory, there are no tricks, just perfectly blended treats that are sure to make any Halloween a frightfully yummy delight!

Don't forget, the Trick and Treat Pumpkin and Marshmallow coffee from Java Factory is a limited edition item and will go fast. Order yours today before they disappear.

Enter for your chance to win a 40 count box of K-Cup Java Factory Trick and Treat Coffee below!

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