Monday, September 15, 2014

QALO Giveaway Winner & the First-Ever Spartan Race Cruise! {Giveaway}

{{Monday.....Back to reality!!}}

It was a busy and great weekend celebrating birthdays and spending time with family!  We really lucked out yesterday and had a beautiful birthday party by the pool for my son with TONS of friends & family, pizza & cake - good times!

I got in a 3-mile half marathon training run this morning [[check out my new QALO shirt - love it!!]], even though my whole body is definitely still feeling it from Saturday's FlyBarre class.  


Did you catch my tweet or Instagram pic this weekend? I went to my first FlyBarre class and it was amazing - I liked it so much I'm doing another one on Wednesday!! :) And I did a little Lululemon shopping too so it was all-in-all a great morning!!


Never heard of FlyWheel or FlyBarre - that's OK! I'm going to do a recap of Wednesday's class at some point (hopefully next week!) so stay tuned!

So today I have some very cool Spartan Race news but first....let me announce the winner of the pair of "his & hers" QALO rings!

CONGRATULATIONS TO...

FIONA N !!!!!

You & your hubby will be sporting these cool, fun and functional weddings bands 
as soon as you send me your address and contact info!

And to the rest of you wonderful people that entered, THANK YOU SO MUCH for participating!! Really!! 

As a thank you [from me & QALO], use the coupon code below to save 15% off your purchase!  Even more reason to order one for you AND your hubby!! 
(BTW, did you see they now have a black band for women?? Love it!!)


OK, on to Spartan news......

You know how much I loved doing the Spartan Race this past April!  I love what the race stands for, that anyone can do it and how strong it makes me feel. I've kept in close contact with my friends there because I want my relationship with them to continue to grow!

First off I want to let you guys know that this Saturday, September 20th is the 2014 Spartan Race World Championship Race in Killington, Vermont.  How amazing would it be to see that race in person?? Beyond, right?  Well I have good news and bad news...


The bad news: we can't all be in Vermont at a moment's notice! (at least I can't!)

The good news: it will be airing on NBC on Sunday, November 16th at 3pm ET!!

I've watched all of the episodes that have been airing on NBCSP and, let me tell you....it's the most exciting "show" on TV!  I highly recommend it!!!

And there's more...

Wanna WIN a 4-day, 3-night cruise to a private island to run a Spartan Sprint?


Did I get your attention or what? ;)

Let me back up......Spartan is hosting their first-ever, 4-day/ 3-night cruise, from March 6-9, 2015, out of Miami, FL.  This all-inclusive experience will take place aboard the gorgeous NCL Sky.  For ALLLL of the details, including pricing, please check out http://www.thespartancruise.com.

If this interests you (I mean, hello?! how can it NOT interest you??), head over to http://bit.ly/spartancruisegiveaway to ENTER TO WIN a cruise for 2 on this awesome once-in-a-lifetime trip!!!

Winner will be announced next week - open to US residents ONLY!

It's almost too good to miss! Head over to enter today!

Tell me, what's your next Spartan Race?
I was planning on it being Miami in April but I'm hoping now it'll be the Bahamas in March! :)


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Friday, September 12, 2014

A Week in Pictures for #LIPlinkup

Hi guys! It's been a busy week on my end.....then again, when is it NOT a busy week?!?! ;)

Before I get into it I just want to give you a friendly reminder to enter my awesome QALO ring giveaway!! You know how much I love these rings - you will too, I promise!!



So today I decided to join Linda for my first ever #LIPlinkup!  Thanks for reaching out Linda...I'm here!! :)

Fit Fed and Happy

So basically I'll give you my "Week in Pictures" with very little wording/description - pictures are more fun to look at anyway!!  ENJOY!


Sunday night eggplant dinner AWESOMENESS! Recipe will be on the blog shortly!




Rotator cuff tendinitis....cortisone shot + fingers crossed!

Supporting a good cause & meeting Real Housewife of Miami #RHOM - Lisa Hochstein!!!!
I LOVE a celeb sighting!

My (not so little) guy turned 5 & I turned......31! #TimeFlies
Definitely not as much hype as turning 30 last year - but I did get some great presents today....
an iPhone arm band case (I usually hold my phone when I run - so annoying!), a post-half marathon massage (for November!), a new sports bra and a DriFit hat!  Everything that I wanted/needed!! :)


#NeverForget

Fancy enough for a cocktail party! The couple that QALOs together, stays together!
Sunday is the last day to enter my giveaway....win one for you AND your spouse!!

So how was your week?
Have you met any celebrities lately??

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Recent Half Marathon Training Runs + a "His and Hers" QALO Giveaway!!

Hey hey hey!! Happy Monday everybody!!  

(source)
Love this shirt!

I'm very excited about today's post for 2 reasons...(1) I'm going to fill you in on my latest half marathon training runs/workouts and (2) I'm giving away one of my favorite things!  So let's get to it...

(1) My Recent Half Marathon Training Runs & Workouts:

I am knee deep (OK maybe it's only to my shins but ya know!) in half marathon training!  And {{knock wood}} it's going great!  I've only hit 6 miles but as of now it's a great feeling to think that 3 or 4 miles isn't a super-dreaded, long run anymore! It's amazing, actually!  So recently....

Sunday 8/24 - 1 hour YOGA
Monday 8/25 - REST
Tuesday 8/26 - REST
Wednesday 8/27 - Personal Training session at RAW Fitness (much more on this soon!!!)
Thursday 8/28 - 3 mile RUN
Friday 8/29 - 12 minute at-home TABATA 
Saturday 8/30 - 5 mile RUN

Sunday 8/31 - REST
Monday 9/1 - 6 mile RUN
Tuesday 9/2 - REST
Wednesday 9/3 - 12 minute at-home TABATA (push-ups subbed in for flutters)
Thursday 9/4 - 6 mile RUN
Friday 9/5 - REST
Saturday 9/6 - 4 mile RUN

Sunday 9/7 - 12 minute at-home TABATA (bicep curls subbed in for flutters) + 3 minute HASFIT ab workout

I'm not following a specific training plan, I'm sorta just making it up as I go along...and so far so good!  I'm hoping that in the next 2 weeks I get in a 7-miler (maybe even more....ahh!)

(2) "His and Hers" QALO ring Giveaway:

I am soooo excited about this giveaway!  I've talked about my love of the QALO ring many times on the blog before!! It's in a ton of my Instagram and Twitter pics because I'm ALWAYS wearing it!  I coined the #WhoNeedsDiamonds - I may be the only one using it...but I coined it! ;)



I first saw QALO on Facebook months ago, which is when I ordered my ring, and I just loved the company from my initial visit to their website.  I love wearing my wedding band because I love what it represents!  I married my husband because I LOVE love love him and I want everyone that I meet to know that I'm spoken for!  I agree with QALO though, sometimes a conventional wedding band just gets in the way...depending on your job, your workouts, your life!  The QALO ring is the perfect solution!  Plus, they're philanthropic - 10% of their annual profit is donated to the Alliance for Lupus Research!


(Instagram)
I mean, hello....doesn't this QALO-wearing, GQ gentleman look HOTTTT??

My friends at QALO are amazing and they sent me 2 rings - a men's ring (black) and a women's ring (purple) - to give away to 1 lucky reader!!  I'm giving them away as a pair.  My thought process was (a) most people that are healthy/athletic/would want one of these are married to someone who is healthy/athletic/would want one of these OR (b) if the spouse of the winner isn't into this lifestyle maybe the new ring would excite them to get moving!  I don't know! lol 

Either way the giveaway is for 2 RINGS but there will only be 1 WINNER!  That makes sense, right??

Here are the rings....



Please note: 
(1) Giveaway is open to US residents only! 
(2) I have 1 extra men's ring and 1 extra women's ring (if you're in a same-sex relationship) - the giveaway is open to everyone so PLEASE PLEASE enter!!!!

GOOD LUCK!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Are you a "wedding ring wearer" or do you go sans-ring?
What are your go-to supplements during your long runs?? {{I'm a newbie - help a sister out!!}}

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Continuing the Tradition....Thinking Out Loud #2 / #thoughtsthingsthursday

Can it be considered a "tradition" if you've only done it once?? ;)


Since last week was my first linkup with Running with Spoons, today marks my Thinking Out Loud #2!  As I promised stated, I'm going to tryyyy to linkup at least a few times a month! Hey, as of now I'm 2 for 2!

I've got some serious NASM studying to do (ahh!), so this one will be short, sweet and bulleted (and very, very random!)!
  • I hate the beach!  Hate is a strong word, I know.  Let's just say that I'd MUCH rather be at a pool -  I do love the sun and I'm always in desperate need of a tan!!
    • I know what you're thinking - that ungrateful B....she lives in Florida and hates the beach?!  Sorry guys!  The sand sticks to everything and gets in everywhere!  It's impossible to clean off, it makes my car a mess and it is EXHAUSTING with the kids! But they love it....which means we do it....and when they're happy, I'm happy!  So I guess I don't hate the beach after all ;)
  • I love a good, blue pen!
    • No surprise, I'm a list writer!  I write lists about my lists!  So I'm pretty particular about what I'm writing with.  I'd pick a blue pen over a black one any day! But I can't stand a pen that's "wet" - like when you write and accidentally brush your hand by it (or highlight it - yes I do a lot of highlighting!) and it smudges everywhere....the worst!
Dream come true! :)
  • Along those same lines - I LOVE a legal pad!
    • Just writing that made me want to hide under the table.  What a dork! But my said lists are long, so a legal pad it is! And the yellow ones, never white!!
  • I have the same, boring order EVERY TIME we get sushi!
    • Don't judge: California Roll, add cream cheese, with brown rice & a Boston Roll, no mayo, with brown rice.  Spicy mayo & eel sauce on the side for dipping.  Sometimes I go totally crazy and order a Shrimp Tempura instead of a Boston Roll...I know, crazy, right? ;)

  • Speaking of the NASM, I can't WAIT to pass my exam and start a boot camp!
    • My intent was never to be a trainer at one of our local L.A. Fitness.  Not that there's anything wrong with that (and I very well may be doing that in the near future!), but it's not in my plan.  {Although there is a local personal training gym, no public mish mosh...only clients and their trainers!, that totally excites me...more on that soon!}  It's no secret that I love a good, body-weight, high-intensity, kick-butt workout! And those are best done in a group, outside, in the sun with some great music!  Stay tuned :)
So, now it's your turn to Think Out Loud - tell me something random that's floating around in your head now!!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bolder Band Giveaway Winner & I RAN 6 MILES!!

Hi everyone!!  I hope that you had a nice, long holiday weekend!  Today I'll fill you in on some half marathon training stuff and, of course, I'll announce the Bolder Band head band giveaway winner!

I did a weekend recap here - which included an amazing, new, 12-minute plyometric Tabata workout, a half marathon training run and some beach pics!!  The Tabata workout is too good too miss so I'm going to post it again....


#yourewelcome
Yesterday was a fun, family-filled day.  We spent the morning and early afternoon swimming and playing at the pool with our friends, then had a BBQ with my family - as per our usual Sunday dinner plans!  Good fun all around!

So....now on to while you're all here....
The WINNER of the 
amazing, awesome, comfortable, colorful, #flowerpower Bolder Band head band is.......

Kelsey F. (@theprimalyogi)


CONGRATULATIONS Kelsey!! 
 You're going to LOVE this head band!! 
Just shoot me an email sammy.peaceloveandicecream@gmail.com 
with your mailing address so I can ship it to you ASAP!!

I wish that all of you could have won - I really do!  I want to thank EVERYONE for entering and remind you that, even though you didn't win the head band, you can just click over to Bolder and order one today!!  Remember to use my coupon code!



Kelsey was chosen TOTALLY at random on rafflecopter.com (by Random.org).  Funny thing is, last year I WON a giveaway on HER blog - a whole box of KIND bars! I was a KIND-virgin before I won them and, let me tell you, they totally won my heart!  I'm glad this can be my "thank you" to Kelsey! :)

Before I go, check out what I did in the early morning hours before our fun-in-the-sun Labor Day.....



This was the farthest I've EVER run!!  It was a great feeling and I'm hoping this momentum continues for the next 2 months or so....when I actually run the half marathon! ahhhhh!!  (and check out that cute cute bunny that I passed!)

So I've been bored with Pandora the last few months.  I only listen to the Lil Wayne channel while I run (I need the high tempo and explicit lyrics lol) and they play the same songs over and over!  A friend recommended a new app, RockMyRun app, so I downloaded it Sunday night and used it on yesterday's run.  Let me tell you...it was AWESOME!! If you are bored with your current playlists or are sick of making running mixes this app is perfect for you - and it's FREE!! 



You can customize your "mixes" - which are all made by actual DJs so they really flow - based on the genre, beats/minute, explicit or clean lyrics, and time (although anything over 60 minutes is a "premium package" for $4.99/month).  I think I'll stick with the free version for now but may upgrade when my runs get longer! {although **lightbulb** I can just listen to 2 or 3 of the free mixes on a super long run and it would cost me....nothing!}

Anyway, back to reality! Stay tuned because later in the week I'll be hosting another great giveaway!! Happy Tuesday everybody! :)

Do you listen to music while you run?
If you do, what app do you use??

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day & a Tabata workout!

Hey hey!!

I'm popping in to say...
HAPPY

To most of us "Labor Day" = a 3 day weekend, no work, hanging with friends and BBQ-ing by the pool.  And that's exactly what we're up to today!!

But what does labor day really mean??

Wikipedia says: [and they are always 100% accurate, right? ;)]


Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Just a food for thought!  When you're "celebrating" your day off today just remember why - and thanks for contributing to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our beautiful country! :)

On another note, Friday afternoon I did a 12-minute fast, effective, total body Tabata workout!  I just went through all of the reasons why Tabata (& HIIT workouts in general) are the bee's knees....if you didn't catch my post you can check it out here!

Anyway, the workout was awesome....



It was a great total body workout with a mix of cardio and strength.  It was plyometric-based (lots of jumping!) with squats (core & lower body) and flutters (core & upper body).  I suggest it if you have 12 minutes to spare!!

Oh, and if you don't know what flutters are, they are an awesome shoulder exercise!  I first learned about them from an amazing workout DVD by Tracey Staehle (does anybody know her??) and I love them!  They burn burn burn...so good!


(This is such an awkward picture, I know!)
You basically keep your elbows at this 90* angle and alternate raising each fist up about 1 inch towards the ceiling - alternating as fast as you can.  Does that make sense?  If you're feeling really crazy, keep your arms at this position during the 10 second "rest" periods of this Tabata set instead of dropping them to rest the shoulders.  I could only do this "active rest" for the first 2 rounds and then I NEEDED the actual rest after each 20 second burst!  It was great!

So that was Friday....Saturday was a 5-miler....


...then on Sunday we had a family beach day!!! The weather was beautiful and the kids had a blast!  I even got in some relaxation with my mom and sister while my dad and hubby played with the boys!! {{new bathing suit alert!}}


Stay tuned for exciting stuff this week - tomorrow I will announce the winner of the Bolder Band head band giveaway & later this week I have ANOTHER awesome new giveaway planned!!!!!!!!

What are your Labor Day plans??

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