Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lorna Jane #ActiveNationDay - Sunday, September 28, 2014

DISCLAIMER: I am a Sweat Pink ambassador.  I was given an #MNBbracelet as part of a partnership between Fit Approach & Lorna Jane to promote #ActiveNationDay.

I was super excited when I got picked to promote Lorna Jane's #ActiveNationDay!!! This campaign is RIGHT up my alley and I'm so excited to share it with you guys!

I was sent an #MNBbracelet as part of this promotion and, even though it has yet to arrive, I will sport that baby daily!  It will remind me of the wonderful community of women that are staying active and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle - one day at a time!  We can empower and inspire each other since we're on this journey together!



What is Active Nation Day??
Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the amazing activewear clothing line Lorna Jane, first started Active Nation Day in 2012 because of her desire to inspire women to be active!  It's a day to celebrate a healthy lifestyle and it keeps fitness fun and engaging - something you can carry on the whole year through (or so Lorna hopes you will!)!! What a wonderful concept, right?!

How do I get involved??
There are special events taking place all around the world this Sunday, September 28th!  Head over to nowmoveit.com to find one near you! At this event you can participate in a 45-minute MOVE class which has elements of aerobics, body strength and yoga - a total body workout!

Can't make it to an event or there isn't one in your area?
That stinks - but it's TOTALLY OK!  You can do one or both of the following to still be involved in #ActiveNationDay:

  • Take part in the #LJMove competition!  {This you're going to want to hear about!!}  Lorna developed the #LJMove to inspire every woman, everywhere, to be active every day! Check out this video to learn how to do the #LJMove - then upload a picture or video of YOURSELF doing it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.  Don't forget to hashtag #LJMove AND #ActiveNationDay, and tag a sporty sister to inspire them to enter the competition too!
    • ONE lucky winner will receive a $1000 Lorna Jane gift card!! Oh yea :)
What do I do to stay active after Active Nation Day is over??
Lorna believes, and so do I, that you should be active EVERY DAY!  Use the Lorna Jane app to stay motivated and track your workouts!  Join the community and sisterhood that IS Lorna Jane!

Remember: All of the information for Active Nation Day - including info about #ActiveNationDay events, the Lorna Jane app and #LJMove - can be found at nowmoveit.com!

What helps you stay active & inspired??
Be honest, are you planning to practice the #LJMove in front of your mirror now or what??? ;)

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Friday, September 26, 2014

This Week in Pictures #LIPlinkup

Happy Friday friends!


I'll be posting AGAIN tomorrow to fill you in on Lorna Jane's #ActiveNationDay - which is this Sunday - but I'm popping in today to quickly give you my "week in pictures" while I link up with Linda for her #LIPlinkup!

Fit Fed and Happy

So here is my week....in pics....

Children's Museum fun!

All dressed up for the #UMNO!

My mom, sister and I at the #UMNO!!  Good times :)

Thursday's sweaty 6-miler!

What is more inviting than a big bowl of spaghetti?? YUM!

What is something fun that you did this week??

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #4: Half Marathon Training Edition

I want to start by saying Happy New Year to those that celebrate!!
....and even if you don't celebrate you should still have a little apples dipped in honey because you'll realize it's pretty darn good ;)



So today I'm linking up with Amanda for my 4th installment of #ThinkingOutLoud! As I say every week...I love this!!

Today's going to be "half marathon" themed (and a bulleted, obviously!).  Ever since I started training for my half marathon, with every run that I do....there are things that I'm noticing, that I'm learning about myself and my running habits.



Things like....
  • I think about running A LOT!
    • Am I running tomorrow? Do I HAVE to run tomorrow? SHOULD I be running tomorrow? How much do I have to run this weekend? Should I do it on the treadmill?  I should do it outside! But is it gonna rain?
  • I need good great music!
    • The quietness of the outdoors or the hummmmm of the treadmill get really old really fast!  The Lil Wayne station on Pandora was my jam for a long time because, well, it's amazing!  More recently, however, I've been rocking out with Rock My Run.  Their mixes are just awesome and there is such variety!!!
  • I now consider 3 miles a "short run".
    • I was never a "runner".  I still don't really consider myself a runner - although I guess it's safe to say that, hello, I am lol.  It amazes me that now a 3 mile run is not that big of a deal.  Don't get me wrong, I come back tired and sweaty and happy that it's over - but it no longer scares me...and that's pretty cool!
  • I do not stretch enough.
    • I really need to spend more time stretching after my runs, period!  And I do not own a foam roller! Why? I have no idea! NOTE TO SELF: buy.one.today!!!
  • I do a lot of 'calculating' in my head while I run.
    • I've gone 1.36 miles.....so I have 3.64 miles....it's taken me 15 minutes so that's....yea, you can imagine how much my head hurts after a run! ;) But I love every minute of it -  Type A engineer over here! And it keeps me busy! lol
  • I don't hate the treadmill!
    • I actually like the treadmill! {I know - so bizarre!} I'm really trying to only do 1-2 runs/week inside though because I need the experience of running outside! I mean the half marathon IS outside - unfortunately! 
Tell me something you learned about yourself (and your running habits) once you started running more often??


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Recent Half Marathon Training Runs & The Fitness Games App Review

DISCLAIMER: I was given the opportunity - as a Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassador - to review the Platinum version of The Fitness Games app free of charge.  As always, my thoughts & opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Hi friends!!  I sound like a broken record...I know....but how is it Monday again?  These weeks are just flying by!!  It's almost the end of September, and you better believe I'm gearing up for Halloween! (My fav holiday, duh!)



So I'm going to try and update you on my half marathon training runs/workouts every 2 weeks or so (see my first Recent Runs update).  It keeps me accountable and I can assess how much I'm running and where I am in terms of preparedness! 


Monday 9/8 - 5 mile treadmill run
Tuesday 9/9 - rest
Wednesday 9/10 - 3.1 mile treadmill run
Thursday 9/11 - rest **my birthday**
Friday 9/12 - 7 mile treadmill run
Saturday 9/13 - FlyBarre class
Sunday 9/14 - rest

Monday 9/15 - 3 mile run
Tuesday 9/16 - rest
Wednesday 9/17 - FlyBarre class
Thursday 9/18 - rest
Friday 9/19 - 8 mile treadmill run
Saturday 9/20 - rest
Sunday 9/21 - 4 mile run

My total mileage for each week was 15 miles - not too shabby!  I had some great runs and I feel so much more confident about the big HALF MARATHON now that I have an 8-miler under my belt!!

{{And I still need to write a description & review of these FlyBarre classes - they're amazing and I'm hoping to continue doing them 1-2x/month!}}

Now that that's out of the way....

I am a fitness fanatic (as if you didn't know!)!  

One of the main reasons that I'm pursuing my personal trainer certification is to teach people how to attain a healthy lifestyle, and then how to maintain it!  I want to help my clients reach their fitness (and lifestyle) goals and I can't wait to spread all of the knowledge that I'm learning!

I believe in individualized goals and plans....what works for one may will not work for another!

Along those lines, I was given the opportunity, as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, to try out and review the Platinum version of The Fitness Games (TFG).  



TFG is a new, free fitness app (you can upgrade for a few dollars) that is going to really take off! It's versatile, very user friendly and incorporates social media/friendly competition to motivate the user to hit their workout and hit it hard!


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Overall I was happy with the app.  I'm not 100% sure that I would pay for the upgrade but I would definitely download the free version.

On one of my workouts I used the app to "compete against myself" in a 2 mile run.



Here are my PROS & CONS that I found while using TFG app:

PROS: 
  • Extremely user friendly & makes the workout less "work" and more "fun"!
  • There is a detailed workout for every type of workout (ie: cardio, strength, cross training), and various levels of workouts within those categories (beginner to advanced).
    • There are dozens of different workouts - sure to keep your interest and ensure that you won't get bored!
  • There is a picture/video description of every exercise.
  • Perfect if you're at the gym and need guidance or step-by-step instruction.
  • Cheaper (way cheaper!) than a personal trainer!
  • You can create your own workout if that's more your style.
  • You can compete against yourself, a specific person that you know that also uses the app or a random person that uses the app.
CONS:
  • Your "location", in your phone's settings, has to be turned on for the app to function.
  • It's not totally convenient for someone like me who:
    • (a) likes to create their own workouts. (It took A LOT of time to input a detailed workout in the app)
    • (b) has a high internal motivation to workout hard.
  • The app has to be open & running for it to work; it can't be "minimized" to do other things on your phone (like play music or answer a call).
    • UPDATE: I got an email that TFG is working to resolve this issue. YES!!
ESPECIALLY since the app is FREE I highly recommend downloading it and playing around with it yourself.  It may just be the one thing that your workout routine was missing!! :)



Ohhh, one more thing before I go....did you see my latest fashion trend??



Have you tried The Fitness Games app?
What motivates YOU to workout and workout hard??

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #3: Half Marathons, and Vitalicious, and Raw Fitness, Oh My!


Today is my 3rd installment of Thinking Out Loud with Amanda! {{hey girl!!}}! I love this #ThinkingOutLoud #linkup because it gives me a great excuse to do a post with the most random things!!  (As if I need an excuse, but still!)  

And I'm super excited about all of my thoughts in today's post...a lot of fun stuff that I've been meaning to share for weeks.....  Now on to the list!!

(1) I FINALLY signed up for the half!



I'll do the math for you - that's 7 weeks from Sunday!  7 weeks!!  7 weeks is a blink!  OMG! So I have 7 weeks to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! It's safe to say I will never do this again I may love it so much this may become a regular thing over here ;) But I'm taking it one step at a time, literally....

(2) My friends at Vitalicious are the BOMB!



A large package (with some scary dry ice!) arrived with a handful of each of their amazing products!!  You already know that I'm the VitaTop's biggest fan...but I think after I eat my way through this package I'll have made some new favorites too!  We actually tried the VitaPizza for the first time last night and both kids gave it 2 thumbs up!!


Are you hungry, yet?? Head over to Vitalicious today to check out all of their yummy, nutritious and delicious products - and use coupon code: SMYT3YY4PT at checkout to save 10% off of your entire order!! #YoureWelcome



(3) The Teenage Play Doh Ninja Turtles!



This was just 1 of the dozens of presents that my son got over the weekend for his birthday! 2 of his favorite things: Play Doh (it makes a mess and you can squish it!) & the TMNT (they are ninjas and they love pizza!).  I love doing arts & crafts and I love when he gets those type of gifts....and so does he!

(4) Eggplant Bake 


So we my husband first made this dish about a month ago and it was so so so good! Just perfection! Well wouldn't you know he couldn't remember exactly what temperature the oven was set to or how much time said eggplant spent in said oven the next time he went to make it.... Wonderful!



So instead of a "recipe" I have an "I think", as in this is what I think you should do! ;)

  • Preheat your oven to 400*F.
  • Slice an eggplant length-wise.  Place on a baking sheet skin side down!
  • Brush the inside of each half with a generous amount of olive oil & sprinkle on salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, grated Parmesan cheese & garlic powder (to your liking)
  • Pour some canned tomatoes on the inside of each half.
    • In the pic above I simmered the canned tomatoes with a little oil + white wine + minced garlic before putting it on the eggplant. (Great to do if you have time!)
  • Bake, open side up, for at least 35-40 minutes.  PLEASE keep an eye on it and try to use your best judgment - it takes a while for the eggplant "meat" to get really soft.
    • Use a fork to see how soft the inside is to decide whether it needs more time.
  • OPTIONAL: For the last 5 minutes of baking you can sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella! So yum!
    • Everything is better with cheese....just add the cheese....
Good luck (lol) and, if you do make it, please let us know (a) what you did and (b) how it tasted!!

(5) Raw Fitness

If you live in South Florida and can get to Raw Fitness in East Boca, you should!!



I had the opportunity to go to Raw Fitness and get a one-on-one personal training session with one of their star trainers (Hi Sasha!!) and I was in love with the facility from the moment I walked in...



Raw is a boutique personal training gym which means no crowds and one-on-one attention.  You're not wandering around aimlessly from machine to machine.  You have a certified personal trainer guiding your every move....from your warm up on the treadmill to the cool down stretch and massage (which is the way they end every session!).

The facility is clean and everything is new!  They have some conventional gym equipment, but most of their equipment is for functional, dynamic exercises that are sure to give maximum results.  

Sasha and I chatted for a while before my workout which helped her determine the type of exercises she would include in my session.  The workout was AH.MAY.ZING!! Total body, right-up-my-alley, high intensity goodness!! I was beyond happy with my experience at Raw!

Before my workout I also got an awesome assessment done on their InBody 520 machine - in a matter of seconds it analyzes your body and then gives you a print out of your weight, lean body mass, body mass index, body fat % and much more! It was very informative and I'm happy to report that I'm in the normal range for EVERYTHING on their list! :)

Pictures speak louder than words...check out this workout:






#SouthFlorida friends: Raw offers a FREE 60-minute Vinyasa yoga flow every other Sunday at their studio (in East Boca)!! Sweet!! I've been and it was a great class....perfect for all fitness levels and ages!

Check out their Facebook page & don't forget to "LIKE" this amazing gym - they update their social media daily with things like motivational quotes, great deals that they're running and their yoga schedule!

Alright guys, I'm outtie!  After this post I am tired!
Tell me what you're #ThinkingOutLoud about today!!!

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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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