My Fit Tips

Fit tips  
I often get asked in relation to fitness “what do you do for your workouts” NOT because I have an amazing flawless figure (because I definitely don’t) but I am fit for the most part and try to be healthy and I love fitness. The truth is that that question should not be easy to answer if you are doing it right. You shouldn’t have a set routine that you do every single day, or you are not going to continue to see results. I continually change it up. For my cardio I will say…during the winter months I did my elliptical a LOT (see my last post to see how you can get your own portable at home elliptical for less than $150). Now that the weather is warmer I try to go for long walks, do my elliptical, or do some form of cardio video. I love Valerie Water’s Hot In A Hurry Series- it is about $60 on it is cardio and strength all in one HIIT workout…and there are plenty of FREE videos I do on YouTube as well by Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson, Hip Hop Abs, Jillian Michaels to name a few of my fave cardios. Same goes for toning up I like to lift heavier, lift lighter, do Yoga or Pilates, Barre, Dancing (Solo in the house…just bust a move or have a family dance party those are way fun), or a number of videos for free on YouTube by Blogilates, Valerie Waters, Tracy Anderson or Jillian Michaels. Just make sure you do both strength and cardio, everyday if you can, or stagger throughout the week. Keep switching up your workouts so your muscles continue to be confused as to what is coming next and continue to get sore. Better sore than sorry! Try to find things that you enjoy as well, so you are likely to stick with it! For more info. on more specifics tweet or facebook me!
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BioTrust Low Carb

I have recently begun a new workout program called “Hot In A Hurry” by Valerie Waters, which I will fully review here soon (I loved it). In that workout program trainer to the stars (think incredible women like Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale) Valerie Waters recommends a nutrition plan as well as a TON of other great info. One product she uses to replace breakfast is BioTrust Low Carb. This is a low carb protein blend that is sweetened naturally with stevia extract and a naturally sweet form of fiber call inulin. BioTrust Low Carb packs 4 grams of high quality fiber per serving and only 1 gram of sugar per 24 grams of protein! It’s unlikely you’ll find that anywhere else in the protein market, but to be honest, I’m just getting started. BioTrust Low Carb is also sourced from cows not treated with the dangerous growth hormone rBGH, and rBST. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly my goal to avoid putting synthetic, unnatural hormones into my body whenever possible. I also love that this protein is a time-released four-protein blend as well as being gluten free, so I don’t have to worry about getting sick (which is always a plus for me). One container contains 14 servings for $49, but the more you buy the cheaper the deal you get, and even at $49 (which most proteins at even Walmart are, or are close to it) you are getting a good deal of high quality product. Valerie recommends using 1 scoop instead of 2 per shake (which is what I also do) so mine will last me a whole month (28 servings), and honestly 2 scoops is a little overkill for anyone in my opinion. I love the taste and results so far and I hope to see some great fat loss soon (right now I am mixing 1 scoop powder in the milk chocolate flavor, 10 oz 1% milk, a little extra stevia, a few ice cubes and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of peanut butter. I blend, then let it sit overnight and drink it in the morning for breakfast when my little man gets me up all hungry and I am in a hurry). Let me know if you are interested in this product and want to join me on this journey. Audra’s Picks is now an affiliate for BioTrust so you can order from me right here Order BioTrust Low Carb from Audra’s Picks. There are also a lot of other healthy products by BioTrust, I can’t vouch for them quite yet but if you are interested

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Baboosh Baby

Baboosh! It’s gone!

 When I was pregnant with Hudson I had dreams of losing my baby weight in 3-4 months. Little did I know that I wouldn’t even get to begin working out until 9 weeks post baby (2 months) because my stitches ripped about 2-3 weeks post birth. With that said, Hudson is now 6 months old and I still haven’t quite got to my pre-pregnancy weight yet (but I am within 7 pounds so I am ok with that). Bodies change with babies, you have to get over it basically! The one thing I hated was my belly still looking pregnant post-baby. I used the Baboosh baby taut, which basically holds in your stomach and helps it shrink faster over time (think a modern day, painless corset). I have to say I didn’t wear it near as much as the directions said to, and I still noticed a huge difference after wearing it. My stomach went down much faster from using it and it adjusts with you (via velcro) as you get smaller (along with a good diet and exercise of course). With that said, if you want to get results faster…I would definitely recommend wearing one- just go to the Baboosh Site. Brooke Burke endorses this product and came up with it, so you know it has to be great, look at her after having several kids!


A Toxic Life

If you follow Audra’s Picks on Facebook then you saw my post recently stating that “apparently the average woman leaves the house with about 30 different products on containing harmful parabens everyday! Deodorant, hair products, makeup, moisturizer, lotion…all potentially harmful to your body and unregulated by the FDA. Even the big brands you probably assume are “natural” or “organic” because they insinuate that they are…I am really trying to cut as many parabens as possible” and I am posting today to share some of my finds with you! I know I sound granola but we only have one body one life… This is a small start, and as I become more educated and find more great brands I will let you know. Also, I wanted to let you know that there is an app you can download called EWG’s Skin Deep, that lets you scan the barcode to any cosmetic product and they will give it a rating from 1-10 (1 being almost harmless and 10 being so bad you should probably toss it). This is currently the only form of regulation that exists that I have been able to find. Also, the ratings can be misleading due to a lack of information from certain companies, but so far it is all we have. Here is a link to a list of companies/brands (mostly very small and expensive) that are paraben free, paraben free brands. If you can afford them, that is great. I cannot, so here are some cheaper finds that I have discovered so far…

Safe Brands for an easy start
Boots Botanics- this is a line from Boots (think No 7) that is completely paraben free- you can even find it at Target. I have started with the eyeshadow and love it!

Jason- I use their paraben and aluminum free deodorant for now, but they have lots of paraben free products

Suave natural infusion- like Pureology, this entire line is paraben free without the expensive price tag, I use the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

Burt’s Bees- you will pay a little more for lotions, lip balm etc. but they are truly very good products

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear- this is a specialized organic line, they don’t have a ton of product yet but I hear the mascara is great!

Hope this helps for those interested!

For more links associated with this post please like my Facebook page I have added new helpful links today with more info.
Here are two I have added so far
Faqs on safe cosmetics
And a quote by Dr. Soram Khalsa- famous eastern/western medicine guru
“A Toxin called Phthalates are found in personal care products. An average women puts on 9 personal care products a day. That’s shampoo, cream rinse, make up and creams. There are 14 chemicals found in each of these products. We walk out of our homes each day having applied 126 CHEMICALs to our bodies. Phthalates are increasing linked to breast cancer.

Also look up Parabens, Mineral Oil/ Petrolateum (no these are not minerals- they are oil drilling by products that are polluting our bodies with HydroCarbons), Sodium Laureth Sulfates and SO MANY more.”

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If you are like me and workout often at a moderate intensity and longevity but don’t drink enough water this is an easy fix. My favorite drink is Vitamin Water Zero in the squeezed lemonade flavor. It adds vitamins and minerals such as A,B,C,E, Zinc, electrolytes and is zero calorie. It is great for moderate to semi-heavy workouts (think 45min-1.5 hrs). Any more vigourous and you may need a sports drink to add carbs, potassium and sodium. Try it and let me know what you think, it is a great flavorsome way to get hydrated!