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Blog-iversary and a GIVEAWAY!!

1 Mar

Happy Anniversary to me! A year ago today I wrote my very first post. Did I think I would be doing this…still? No? Do you want me to stop? Maybe. I’ll stop when I run out of things to say. And if you ask anyone I know, I just don’t know how to shut up.

So, whether this is your first time reading my very well thought out words or your last, I thank you. I mean it. I really do. There are a billion bloggers better than me out there. But, you are here. Reading MY words. You must feel so much wiserer…

I’ll keep this short and sweet so you can go on with your lives. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you reading. It takes time to figure out what I’m trying to say. Trust me. I can barely make sense of myself. I love seeing strong traffic on a post. I love that YOU care about what I have to say. THANK YOU!

My gift to you: I’m doing a LÄRABAR giveaway. To enter, just comment below on how much you love me. No, just kidding. Just tell me what your favorite color is. Go crazy. And as usual…extra points for Facebooking, Tweeting, etc.

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Love to you all!!

FITNESSMOMWINECOUNTRY

27 Feb

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lynda

My primary workout?   Bootcamp, Running, Hiking

How long have I been working out?  Years, started in my 20’s…the gym was my primary workout, weight training, classes, everything from Spin (which I am awful at, because I kept sliding off the seat the faster we went) step classes with sculpting were my fav.  I am in my middle 40’s now and still maintaining and am always doing something active.

How often?  That depends on my mood :)  Five days a week is my goal, for sure…but some days I have my "don’t want to do it" moments

My fav outfit to Sweat Pink in? For sure my black yoga/running pants always…they hold me in:) and I usually layer in the winter months..depending on how much sweat or my hotflashes!!! In the spring and summer…running skirt/or cropped pant and tank…along with my sunscreen!!  Pink is my fav color to wear though always:)

My fav healthy snack and/or meal? I don’t have a fav…this depends on my mood..I do keep cauliflower and sweet potatoes in the house at all times…ready to steam when I need.  Celery is a huge fav of mine, cut up with an avocado and some beans and rice vinegar…and for sure Sushi…I love Nigiri with Ahi Tuna and wasabi of course 🙂

Cheat day?  Well the days I don’t get a workout in are my "cheat" days.  What would I eat? Whole wheat pizza with Feta cheese and peppers and veggies OR cheese fondue.

Biggest motivation for staying fit? My age now…My metab is slowing down and hormones kick in…Working from home and at a desk can cause the booty to get big…SO I remind myself of that…ALSO my family, I still want to play and keep up with my kids, and my hubby…I love to challenge him to workouts:)

Any advice for beginners?  Don’t get caught up with magazine pics and social media press and tabloids, etc… Air brushing exists because we are not perfect! Be real and be yourself. Take care of your body INSIDE first, then the outside will follow…this means learn about your food and eating healthy..teach yourself now early on.  Starting a fitness regimen? You will have those days that you want to quit and throw in the towel..trust me…but reach deep inside your heart and find your passion and goal…Don’t listen to your head…listen to your heart.

My fav thing about blogging?  I get to share my words with anyone who is willing to follow and read…better yet, for those who come back for more:) I get to use blogging as a platform to hopefully inspire and be creative with my passion.  There are so many amazing blogs out there and I love finding and following them.  It is like a "family" of kind and loving and supportive others.

How do I hope to inspire?  By letting others see "me" the real me and hopefully like what they see.  To be a "light" on someone’s dark day, to maybe ignite a passion for someone else or and idea.  I am inspired everyday by others.

Crazy Running Girl

25 Feb

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Twitter:  www.twitter.com/loramarie

lora

What’s your primary workout?
Running! I try to mix it up with some cross-training but always prefer to run.

How long have you been working out?
I have been running for more than 15 years. I started running when I was in middle school
because I was a little overweight, and just never stopped.

How often do you work out?
I try to run at least four to five days a week and cross-train a few days a week as well.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in?
I LOVE wearing bright colors and interesting combos (much to my husband’s dismay). This outfit that I ran in during the Ragnar Relay is perhaps one of my favorites:

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As you can see, I love sweating pink in the brightest pink possible!

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?
Just like your favorite five-year-old, my favorite healthy snack is animal crackers! I love them because they are a “healthier” carb and actually a good source of calcium. I recently had some dietary changes and have to cut down on fruits and vegetables, which used to be my go-to snack.

As for meal, one of my favorites now is to roast up some potatoes, chicken sausage and broccoli
and sauté in a skillet on the stove. I add in my favorite spices – like rosemary, garlic and freshly
ground pepper.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do?
I don’t know where to start! Just kidding. Actually I would probably have a few pieces of pepperoni pizza and follow up with some Blue Bell ice cream for dessert.

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit?
Staying fit isn’t just an appearance thing – you feel better when you are fitter. That’s my biggest motivation. I want to be the best version of myself for my husband, my family, my friends. Working out and running makes me that person.

Any advice for the beginners out there?
Stay with it! It’s hard at first, and it gets better. There’s a point you reach where you have an “ah ha!’ moment and realize that this is what everyone is talking about. That’s when you find yourpassion and your love… once you get to that point, there’s no turning back!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?                                          I love all the amazing people I’ve been connected with and all the great advice I’ve received along the way. There would be no way that I would have ever ran a Ragnar Relay without the blogging community! I’ve been introduced to some amazing products – like PRO Compression, CLICK
Espresso Protein and Sparkly Soul – that I would never have found on my own.

How do you hope to inspire people?
I hope to inspire people to make fitness and health a priority in their life. It’s so easy to come out with excuses like “I don’t have time” or “I can’t afford that” and I just want to show people that no matter your fitness level or how busy you are, you can do it. Health and fitness needs to be a
priority in our lives, like brushing our teeth or washing our hair. I hope to inspire people to take the jump to make it a priority like that.

Life’s Run

20 Feb

Name: Regina
Blog address: http://www.lifes-run.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lifesrun
Twitter: @rfaura

regina 
What’s your primary workout?
Running is my primary workout.

How long have you been working out? I started running about 2 1/2 years ago.

How often do you work out? I run about 5 days a week and cross train 1-2 days.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? I wear all Oiselle Running apparel!

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I love fruit for snack and broiled salmon with roasted asparagus.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? I would eat McDonald’s Fries!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My boys motivate me to stay fit so I can be around for a very long time with them. I also love when they want to join me running or working out.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Don’t give up. It is going to take work and dedication. You will definitely see results if you are committed.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? My favorite thing about blogging are the other bloggers I have connected with. Everyone has been so awesome!

How do you hope to inspire people? I would love for others to read my blog and see that hard work really does pay off. I hope they can see if I can live this healthy lifestyle without some crazy diets or pills or surgery, that they can do it too!

Engaged and Running

18 Feb

Name: Jaci 
Blog address: www.engagedandrunning.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/engagedandrunning
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Engaged_Running

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What’s your primary workout? Crossfit is my constant but I train for various runs throughout the year too =)

How long have you been working out? Oh gosh! Forever… really started in high school freshman year when I was training for varsity soccer

How often do you work out? 4-5 times a week **fingers crossed for that, sometimes weather gets in the way of my runs**

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? I love love love my lululemon pants. They are so comfy and they don’t fall off at all like a lot of another workout capris/pants do. So to run I am usually in lulu pants and just a t-shirt and/or jacket depending on the weather. To Crossfit I am usually in an old baggy t-shirt and soccer shorts- I don’t even try to look cute then!

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? Snack- I love carrots. I actually love to juice carrots and apples together as a healthy snack… I throw in some spinach in there as well! For a meal- one of my favorite meals is mini-turkey meatloaves. We make meatloaf with lean ground turkey, panko bread crumbs, and anything else you have in your fridge and want to put in meatloaf and then we cook them in a muffin tin. Easy and delicious!

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Oh my! What wouldn’t I eat. I love love candy! So I would eat bags of Sour Patch Kids topped off with Oreos and crunchy Cheetos! Is that too much? =)

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? I feel better about myself when I feel fit. Sure, it helps to look good for others but at the end of the day I want to be able to look in the mirror and say “yes I work hard but I feel good about my body and where I am at”. Attitude is really the most important part to me- if I feel good people around me feel good. <br />Any advice for the beginners out there? Find your inner inspiration. I think too often we start working out because we think it’s the “healthy” thing to do and sure that is true BUT what is really important is working out for you. I think each person should figure out what motivates them and what they enjoy. Don’t run if you don’t love it ya know? Maybe you love organized sports so join a soccer or volleyball team. Maybe you are really in to weight lifting so join a Crossfit gym. There are so many ways to have FUN while being HEALTHY and I would tell a beginning to just start at the beginning and figure out what they love to do and find a way to make it happen. Make the time, make the commitment, and make it happen!
9. What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love sharing my life with others and not in that “everything is always perfect” kind of way. I like being real and talking about issues that really resonate with me- like body image and that “hard stuff” that people just don’t like to talk about but always appreciate that they are not the only ones going through a hard time. Blogging for me is a way to share my passions… writing, working out, and living life, with others who have similar or completely different views on life. It’s a wonderful way to connect with yourself and others and I just love doing it!

How do you hope to inspire people? I hope to show people that being a size 0 is not always possible and that healthy happy women can be strong. I hope to encourage people to accept who they are and work toward being a better “them” and not someone else they want to be. Mostly I just hope to help 1 person in life feel better about themselves and to really bring awareness that we all have issues whether we are a size 0 or a size 20 and that we should all love each other for who we are. Women need to stop beating themselves up about the number on the scale and what they think other people see. At the end of the day it’s what they think about themselves that is most important… and most inspiring to me!

Best things come in packages…

15 Feb

As you know, as well as the postal service, I love getting packages and I may have a slight problem, but I do this for YOU, so you’re informed! It’s hard work, but someone’s gotta do it. I signed up for something new the other day, Runner Box.

RunnerBox is a subscription based box for runners, triathletes and other active people. It is a mini shoebox filled with running products, mailed to your front door. It has everything from energy products, gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, skincare, and other accessories! Some products will be brand new (but personally tested) on the market, and some will be tried and true favorites.

I jumped on this because I love trying new things without having to buy the whole shabang. That’s why I also do Nature Box and Bulu Box.
So here’s what I got.

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•gloves
•Get Active Herbal Tea
•Cocoa Via
•GU Chomps
•Bonk Breaker
•ElectroMix
•Sport Beans
•Endurox R4
•Mila
•Honey Stinger
•Sport Legs
•No Gii
•Headphone cord wrap

I have to say that I am pretty excited about this. I haven’t tried alot of these before. Gives me more of a reason to run. We all know why runners run….to eat!!

Chobani also sent me a case of greek yogurt to fuel my half-marathons. They even threw in some of Maddox’s favorite flavor, vanilla. He’s even spoiled by major corporations. What a dude.

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Oh, and GU Energy Lab sent me a TON of gels. These are my favorite. I wake up thinking about these. They are delicious and they work. I have plenty, as you can see!

How do you fuel your runs? Share please!

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MSP Run

11 Feb

Name: Ali
Blog address: http://www.msprun.com
Facebook: facebook.com/msprun                                                        Twitter: @am588
ali 

What’s your primary workout? My primary workout is running – I’m
currently training for a marathon, so dedicate 6 days a week to running.
1 day a week I will add on weights/cross-training

How long have you been working out? I have been working out weekly
for 2 years, but am now focusing on my running

How often do you work out? 6 days a week

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? My pink shoelaces! I
can wear them with every workout

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I absolutely love
honey crisp apples, but sadly they’re only out for a few months 😦 My
favorite meal would be Emilybites.com’s Pepperoni Pizza – so good and
low cal!

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you what would you eat and do? I would eat pizza all day long. My 2 favorite pizzas are a pepperoni and goat cheese pizza, and a sausage and apple pizza – delicious!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My marathon goal.

Any advice for the beginners out there? Start small. Set realistic
goals, and give yourself time to train.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love meeting new
people! Through blogging, I’ve met some great friends and supporters

How do you hope to inspire people? I inspire people by motivating
them. I really like connecting with first-time runners on twitter, and
helping them with their training.

Barking Mad About Running

6 Feb

Blog                                                                                                 Facebook                                                                                             Twitter                                                                                                           barking What’s your primary workout? Running! I just ran the Disney Marathon, in January!

How long have you been working out? I have been working out off and on for 20 years, but I just started running last August

How often do you work out? I run 3 days a week, and try to fit in strength 2 days a week, although that doesn’t always happen! i just started P90X so I hope that helps!

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? I LOVE running skirts, altho it is getting too cold for that! I also love running in race tees from past races that I have run. Alot of races give out tech shirts now.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? Apples and peanut butter is a new fave, and I LOVE making homemade chili with ground turkey. Everybody eats it, and it is a great meal if you add some salad on the side for your veggie.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Cake cake cake, did I mention cake?

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? The example I set for my kids! They see me losing weight (over 30 lbs in the last year) and they barking1 come to some of my races, and they are in awe. Not an easy things to do when you have teenagers!

Any advice for the beginners out there? Take it slow to avoid injury, READ about whatever new thing you are trying, and be patient. You didn’t get overweight and out of shape over night, so you cannot fix it overnight either. Find a support group and lean on them!

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? I love reaching out to people and giving them inspiration, showing them that it isn’t always easy, and that it can be fun! It is also a great outlet for me, and helps to keep me accountable!

How do you hope to inspire people? I started running at the age of 38, finished 4 Half Marathons at the age of 39, and will complete my first Full Marathon just shy of my 40th birthday. *anyone* can do this! The wonderful thing about racing is that the only person you need to beat is yourself. I love it when my friends tell me that they have started running because they saw me doing it. I hope that I can continue to inspire women my age to finally get active!

 

**On a side note: I will be running Kim’s Virtual half-marathon this month. This is a virtual half-marathon for Breast Cancer. Her details on Facebook:

Run, walk, bike, or crawl a Half Marathon during the month of February! You can do it all at once, or in stages!
For $20, you can run your race wherever and whenever you want, and I will mail you a medal! You will also be eligible to win prizes! I will add one prize for every 10 people to register. My last race for Komen had 100 racers, let’s knock that number out of the water! $15 per racer will be donated to Susan G Komen! The official date of the race will be February 16, one month before I run the Rock n Roll USA Half Marathon, on behalf of Susan G Komen’s Marathon for the Cure program, but you can run any time in February. 100 racers =$1500, let’s do this!
Payment can be made via paypal using kimmiepcft@hotmail.com (use the choice: goods, so that I can mail to you via paypal/usps) or you can send me a check. PM me for my address.

Sounds pretty awesome right? I’m running the half on Februrary 23rd. You?

I kinda blew up.

5 Feb

Let me tell you how I “blew up” last week. I ran another half-marathon January 26th. I lifted the next day and then I decided to give myself a break. I weighed myself that Monday and I had gained 8-10 pounds. I didn’t totally freak out because I did just run 13.1 and I knew it was all water weight. I am not going to lie to you and say that this didn’t get me down a bit. I decided to treat myself to a massage. She worked miracles and I decided this will be my prize after every half. Because I deserve it. Damnit.

Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. It was Friday and I still felt like a water balloon. I was driving my husband crazy. I was becoming a major pain. Whining and whining. I admit it. I was a big baby. I am very in tune with my body and I tend to get obsessive. So, after 5 days of feeling like crap I decided to go on a cleanse. A cleanse created by me.

This cleanse consisted of lots of water, Shakeology, Click Protein, lots of veggies, and lots of fruit. That’s all the details I am giving because I don’t want to sound like I know what I am talking about and have you try and then you end up as crazy as me. Three days later and 12 pounds lighter I hit that workout room feeling like a brand new girl. Whew.

Since I have 12 more races to go I need to adjust some things with my training and fueling. It will be trial and error. I going to amp up my fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts. I have a few more weeks until my next half. I’ll figure it out. Don’t you worry your pretty little heart. And if I don’t, I’ll be a big, whiny baby again.

My plans for training this month involve running of course, P90x, TurboFire, and Les Mills Pump. Sounds fun right!?

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Piper’s Run

4 Feb

Name: Anna Sherwood  Blog name: Piper’s Run
Blog address: http://pipersrun.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PipersRun
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PipersRun

PIPER
What’s your primary workout? Running.

How long have you been working out? I’ve been active since I was a wee little one; downhill skiing at 3 years old, soccer at 5. I started to work out more as a teenager and into my adulthood. Competitive sports ended around age 20, so roughly 12 years I have been working out.

How often do you work out? I am for 3 – 5 days a week on top of working full time, having a toddler and now baby #2 on the way.

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in? Anything that allows me to move well. MEC running pants in the winter with a wicking long sleeved shirt and Running Room jacket.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal? I’m a big fan of Coconut Greek yogurt with blueberries or Soy chocolate milk.

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? Nacho’s and potato skins!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit? My family is my biggest motivator. I want to be healthy for my 2 year old daughter, my husband and baby #2 on the way. Being a positive role model for my children is extremely important to me and helps me stay motivated.

Any advice for the beginners out there? One step at at time. Start moving a little more each day and less sitting. Set simple goals for yourself each week and schedule them at various times throughout the week to match your changing schedule. 

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Meeting other bloggers and being accountable to my followers. If I talk the talk, I must walk the walk or else I feel like I am failing the focus of my blog.

How do you hope to inspire people? I hope by sharing my story, my life and my goals on my blog may encourage someone else to get moving just a little more and more each day. Life has many challenges but you can work around them, make your health the focus and attend your goal in the end.

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