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Change is good! Right? And Larabar winner announced!

4 Mar

Today’s workout: TurboFire HIIT 15

I’m surprised I still have all of my hair. I am moving my site to a new host. And boy, it sure isn’t easy! If you have done this on your own (and I am learning as I go) you understand the hair pulling, the headaches, and the frustration. When the site is finally up and ready, it will be worth it right? RIGHT!?

Last week was my blog-iversary and I hosted a giveaway thanks to the lovely people at Larabar. Would you like to know if you won!? KELSEY!! If you are reading please email me your name and mailing address. Sweetsnsweat@gmail.com Congratulations lady!!

So, what are your workout plans for the week? Here’s mine:
Today: TurboFire HIIT 15
Tomorrow: Run (interval work)
Wednesday: Weights (upper body)
Thursday: Run (interval work)
Friday: Weights (upper body)
Saturday: 9 mi. run
Sunday: Weights (upper body)
*when I say weights I mix it up by doing P90X, Les Mills, or TurboFire upper, lower, sculpt, or tone. Whatever mood that strikes me!

I have some big, fun plans coming up too! Keep reading!

*random* Have you ever tried wasabi peas? I told my husband it was like chewing on acid and then it turned into crap. So disgusting. Who would eat these!? Garbage!!

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Another Liebster Award!

28 Feb

Another Liebster Award!

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Back in December I was nominated by Shannon at Cut and Curvy.  Last month, I received a message from Brittany at BBB Fit & Healthy and she nominated me for another! So, since I’ve done this already, I’m going to cheat and just answer her questions…

  1. What’s your favorite snack? Popcorn or fruit.
  2. Would you rather be stuck on a deserted island alone with a lifetime supply of food or with your best friend and no supplies? This would be my best friend’s fantasy, my husband Tyrell, then he could pretend he’s on one of the dumb Surivor Man shows. He would do all the hard work and I would sit there and fry in the sun. It would be super romantical.
  3. What is your fitness pet peeve? Well being as I workout alone I can’t really see it’s something that any person does. I hate it when people act like it’s a chore. It really isn’t. Once you find something you love, it’s history. And another thing. I hate getting dressed to workout. I should really start sleeping in my workout clothes. Hmmmm…
  4. Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? Facebook
  5. Who inspires you most? My son inspires me. I want to be healthy for him. I want to be around to bug him as long as possible! Muah ha ha!!
  6. If someone made a movie about your life, who would play you? Oh gosh, I hate these questions. I plead the fifth.
  7. What song pumps you up for a workout? Depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I’m hip, like all the cool kids out there, and sometimes I will crank up Guns n Roses or Aerosmith. I’m a child of the 80’s! I don’t really listen to music that much when I workout.
  8. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? If they didn’t make me into a chunker munker-cookies!!
  9. What was the best gift you ever received? Depends on how old I was! When I was little, it was my “crawler baby.” In high school it was probably a Beastie Boys CD. I like thoughtful gifts. You can really tell when people pay attention 🙂
  10. What’s your dream job? Being a mom. I’m living my dream!
  11. What’s your favorite color?:) Tiffany Green or Cobalt Blue.

Crazy Running Girl

25 Feb

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Twitter:  www.twitter.com/loramarie

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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

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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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Work out with Di

13 Feb

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Name: Di Hickman

Blog address: http://www.workoutwithdi.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/workoutwithdi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/workoutwithdi

What’s your primary workout?
I don’t have one. Unless we’re counting cross training as a workout 😉 Fitness is my job so I tend to see what my day is like and plan my own workout around that. On days where I have cardio classes I’ll do weights for ME, on bodypump class days I’ll do cardio for ME. I also do Personal Training, so I have to save energy for that. Whilst that’s not a workout for me per-say, demonstrating moves and moving equipment around definitely makes me break a sweat during that session.

How long have you been working out?
Since the days of Jane Fonda, with my matching leg warmers, leotards, tights and headbands! No I don’t have any photo proof 😉 I burned any evidence of this era!

How often do you work out?
Everyday. I try to take Sundays off but doesn’t always work that way. Right now I’m working out everyday. Wednesday is my lightest day teaching P90X class and Personal Training.  My busiest day is Thursday: Personal training client, spinning class, yogalates, Bodycombat and cxworx. Yep 5 hours of exercise in one day. I don’t do any workout for ME that day. Other days I try to get in at least an hours workouts for ME rather than clients/classes. Like I said though usually I try to get Sundays off unless I cover for my BFF who teaches classes Sunday morning… like the next two weeks… which means I won’t get a day off until after Thanksgiving!

What’s your favorite outfit to Sweat Pink in?
Champion shorts and workout tops from Target. LOVE LOVE LOVE Target and Champion! I always check out the workout gear whenever I’m nearby. Which is a LOT. We have 2 Targets in our City and I pass one of them threedi2 times a week, the other one is right next to Trader Joes, so I often pop into that one pre-grocery shopping. I seriously LOVE Champion  C9 clothing. I just found out I can fit in a youths size too, which is good for cheaper sweatshirts and jackets.

What’s your favorite healthy snack and meal?
Salads! I love a big salad with leafy greens, beets, zucchini, green onions, shredded carrot, sprouts, tomatoes and strawberries. Tossed in rice wine vinegar. Usually with a sweet potato and scrambled tofu. Strawberries on my salad is a new thing for me. I also add sunflower and sesame seeds. A salad for me isn’t just lettuce and tomato it’s a blend of whatever fruits and veggies I have in my fridge 🙂
Snacks would be my amazeballs or a protein shake. I love the amazeballs though 😉

If you could have one cheat day where nothing counted against you, what would you eat and do? I have cheat days every week but as I recently discovered I have a wheat sensitivity I’m finding I eat at home much more. Cheat meals for me usually are things like burger and fries (Red Robin anyone?). Though I absolutely LOVE Indian food so that would be a cheat too as most dishes (ok the ones I REALLY like lol) are loaded with cream and fats. Oh and as it really doesn’t count: chocolate raspberry cake from Follow Your Heart restaurant! That is heaven on a plate! Hmmm what would I do? Probably go for a massage/spa day and just relax. I took a 5 day trip once to a spa and it was absolute BLISS!

What is your biggest motivation to staying fit?
My job! Who wants to train with an out of shape personal trainer? I a trainer that talks the talk and walks the walk! My main motivation though is my health. I had a cancer scare in my 20’s and I have polycystic  kidney disease and family history of cancer and diabetes, which means the genetic odds are already stacked against me so I’m doing everything *I* can to be healthy. The cancer scare was the reason fitness became my career, nothing like looking cancer diagnosis in the face to re-evaluate your life!!!

Any advice for the beginners out there?
Just start! Not tomorrow, not Monday, not the New years – NOW. Everyone starts somewhere.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
Impacting peoples lives in a positive way. Helping them on their health and fitness journey. I reach more people than I can for classes/clients in my area. For me it’s also a good tool to help other instructors and trainers as well as fitness enthusiasts with the 15 years experience I’ve had in the fitness industry. It also means I get to write, which is something I enjoy 🙂

How do you hope to inspire people?
By showing that age doesn’t matter. That your gene pool doesn’t matter. and that women don’t need to do endless hours of cardio to look good! That’s actually a reason I started blogging to inspire, motivate and EDUCATE.

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