Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Motivation

When friends talk with me about wanting to start working out or running, the first thing they begin to explain to me is how they don't have enough time.  They begin their long list of very valid things that require their time and thus makes them unable to get moving.  I come back by telling them that if they carved out even just 30 minutes a day to move their body that those other things would seem so much more doable...that they would have MORE energy to do life.  Everyone has their things that, if we allow them to, will keep us from ever getting out and getting moving.  We need to make fitness a part of our schedule...a part of our life.  The results...more energy and better focus on the rest!
How do you get creative and fit in fitness?
Early morning...late nights...lunch hour workouts..involve the family?

The winner of the WIN Detergent giveaway was Bari!!!  Perfect timing since she just scored herself a marathon PR yesterday!!!  Congrats to you Bari!!!  Thank you all for entering the giveaway!  Because I'm a teacher and I like to make everyone feel like a winner, WIN is offering a coupon code for all my readers for $1 off of WIN at Amazon!  Use the code WINGIVE1 at checkout!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fitness Friday...Results=Work

This is probably one of the hardest posts I have written in a long time.  I am a the bone.  I stress about the big picture as well as all the little details that go into it.  I am not good at waving the white flag and even worse at admitting I have failed at something....yikes FAILURE!  However, like I said on Monday...failure only works if you quit and I am certain that I am not quitting!!!!

I started this journey of 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique excited and hopeful that I was going to emerge looking like the person that I knew was waiting deep inside...strong and lighter than I was.  I remember sitting here and writing my post when I began wanting to only lose about 3 more lbs and really reaching for those infamous Sarah Jessica Parker arms.  Well today I am sad to say that I honestly have about 10lbs left to lose even though my arms are on their way.  I let the summer get the best of me...running all the miles...eating a bite here and a bite there...making excuses...being unfocused and as a result I am in fact farther from my goals than I was when I began. 

Jolynn's program, on the other had, is awesome!!  At the beginning of the 12 weeks I was sent a nutrition plan and 12 weeks of workouts.  There were a few challenges along the way like not having certain equipment at my gym (reason #1 I'm considering a new gym) and really being baffled by the whole macros thing.  It became apparent to me that I function much better when there is no open ended eating plan as long as it fits my macros....seriously I need someone to map this whole macros thing out for me (any takers???)!  Nutrition was my #1 weakness and thus the reason for not hitting my goals.  Like they always say...
The workouts I nailed and even managed to weave together my half marathon training workouts with what was on tap each day from Jolynn.  This is really the area I have found the most success throughout the 12 weeks...I can tell how much stronger I am...finding myself picking up weights that I had shied away from before this whole journey!  I do like the strength and I loved the varied workouts and how they each challenged me in new and different ways.  If only my macros were on point....
Going forward I am not letting this define me and stop me in my tracks.  My plan for myself is to take the next month to learn more about fitting in and planning meals around macros (seriously anyone is more than welcome to educate me!!).  I know that nutrition is where I fall short and want to learn more about this not only to lose weight but to learn how to eat for my body.  After that I am tackling this 12 weeks again...this time focused...this time with blinders on!  I want to prove it to myself that I can do this...that I can see a transformation.  And I'm using you all to hold me accountable....lucky you!!  I think that Jolynn's program is awesome and one that if you are looking for a challenge and to change your body you should check out!!!  Remember is all what you put into it!!! 

I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't show you some after pics....I honestly forgot to take befores!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Making Strides for A Fearless Generation with SkechersRun3

Many thanks to Skechers for sponsoring this post!

When I became a mother, instantly I became aware that my life was no longer my own (to a certain degree)!  I try to be safer with my actions and healthier with my choices.  These two girls have changed who I am and what I do each day.  Each day that I lace up my sneakers and head out the door...face challenges and hard miles is for them.  I want to show them what a strong woman looks like...what limitless living looks like...don't we all?  Don't we want to raise up a generation of fearless women?  Women that will never have to hear the words "breast cancer"?
One of my greatest fears would be that they would have to live a life without me...a situation I have seen moms face as they get a diagnosis of breast cancer.  I can't imagine what that would feel like to look at their sweet faces and not know what was going to happen.  Even worse would be watching them get that diagnosis themselves.  That is why I was so excited to partner with Skechers in their campaign with the American Cancer Society...because there is always that hope that these girls
can live in a world where breast cancer is no longer a diagnosis of 1 in 8 women!

Skechers Performance is supporting the American Cancer Society by releasing a special line of shoes. The lineup consists of the GOrun3 Awareness, GOrun Sprint, GOfit Awareness and GOwalk2 Flash Awareness.
I was excited to try out the GOrun3 which is designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot running experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.
  • Improved breathability and flexibility
  • Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
  • GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
  • M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
  • Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
  • 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
  • Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
  • Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front
  • On the affordable end of the running shoe world at $85
The verdict....Pink ribbon and all these shoes are the real deal!  They are light and a great addition for my shorter or treadmill runs!

Skechers is not only launching this unique awareness line, they are also getting behind the American Cancer Society in big ways.
  • Skechers Performance Division is offering a donation to American Cancer Society, and all of the Skechers Performance Division Awareness apparel and footwear will feature the ACS logo and messaging.
  • Skechers is hosting the American Cancer Society San Francisco Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the sales of Skechers shoes on-site that day.
  • Skechers is launching a register round-up program in Skechers Retail stores in which customers can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to benefit American Cancer Society for the entire month of October. If consumers donate $5 or more, they will also receive a 20% off discount for their next visit. This will offer anyone shopping for any item in a Skechers retailer store the opportunity to give back and support the cause.
  • Skechers Retail stores are offering a gift with purchase for customers who purchase a pair of limited-edition Awareness shoes. The gift with purchase will be either a breast canvas awareness canvas tote back or a pink water bottle.

There are Skechers Awareness shoes for all your needs whether you are out running the track or walking the neighborhood that will keep you looking great and giving back!  Check them out for yourself and enter the fight to end breast cancer!

How will you make strides to fight breast cancer??

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Free the Funk with WIN Detergent *GIVEAWAY*

I know it's been a good week when the laundry is full of my funky running clothes...however I know I have a hard job on my hands.  Getting the funk out of my running stuff has been a task all its own!
I wash my stuff...fold it...put it away...and then when I put it on again, there is just a lingering funk that seems to linger in my tech clothes.  Anyone else?

Well I was psyched to join with WIN Detergent on a campaign through Sweat Pink and try out their regular and green bottles of laundry detergent.
Between my husband and I's gym schedules we certainly accumulate a hefty pile of funky gym clothes over the week, and we needed help to get rid of the funk!  I threw it all into the washer (even included my ZOOMA Half Marathon outfit) and poured in what I thought was a small amount.  Crossed my fingers and let it go!  What happened?....
That's right!  Funk free clothes!  Even my Feetures were smelling sweet!!
WIN Detergent is designed to remove sweat, oil, and odors from technical fabrics.  WIN is also re-introducing their dye-free, fragrance-free GREEN detergent which was awesome for our house since I wash the ladies clothes in with hubby and I's clothes (because really who has the time to do 6 loads of laundry when you can do 3?!)  I threw in some of the girl's laundry with our load and it didn't make their skin itchy or break out at all!

Each bottle is $9.95 for 21 loads of laundry each....a great deal considering this detergent REALLY works!  Want to try WIN Detergent out for yourself?  Well call this your lucky day!!  WIN Detergent is letting me give away 2 bottles of WIN detergent (one regular and one green) to one of you!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 I will announce a winner on Monday!!
WIN Detergent sent me two bottles of detergent for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Motivation

Bonnie is amazing!!!
Failure can only be failure if you let it keep you down.  We all have goals...things we want to do...weight we want to lose...paces we want to hit...things we want to achieve.  The path to those goals, however, is not always a straight one.  There are twists and turns...bumps and hills to climb.  If you throw in the towel at the first hill, you will fail!  Hold on tight...keep pushing forward...stay focused and you WILL get there!!
Whatever you do....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday...Perspective

There are days when this journey of weight loss back to my pre-mama self are awesome, and then there are those that have me discouraged.  Today has been the latter until I came across a race photo from a year ago....I would say I've come a long way baby!!!  I'm not there yet but the important part is that I am on my way forward!!
With either pregnancy I was never the kind of lady to "bounce right back"...but rest assured I get there!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon Recap

I fear that to try to put this past weekend into words would run the risk of sounding either too cheesy or would cheapen what this weekend meant to me.  I'll try my best!! :-) 

Friday afternoon started with bus duty at school putting me leaving late from there and thus picking up Aubs late...and like any good snowball would roll...we were just late all around!  Before I knew it I heard Dani's voice at the front door as I chased Em to put her shin guards on!  Good thing it was a judgement free zone since Aubs went to soccer practice sporting a pink tutu and rain boots....hey at least they were dressed!!  Thankfully the hubby was there and was awesome to take charge as we jetted off to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.
This sunset is amazing every year!!
What I haven't mentioned earlier was that I was part of a interview/video shoot with Feetures! which began at the expo!  After looking around quickly and of course a quick fun shot with Amy and Dani, I met up with Mary and Matt from Feetures! to start the filming. 

Dani, Amy, and I
It was certainly awkward at first but honestly they were so easy to work with and so incredibly friendly that eventually it felt like I was hanging out with friends!  I think it goes without saying that it is not an every day thing for me to be followed around with a camera, filmed running, or interviewed, but they both made it an awesome experience!!
Matt and Mary from Feetures!
After that I headed over to the Honest Tea Mocktail Party to meet up with the other ambassadors and give big hugs!  I can honestly say that this is an incredible group of ladies who I am proud to be a part of!  We spent the weekend laughing, encouraging, and celebrating each other....the best example of what runners are all about!!
Ambassadors: Angela, Danielle, Amy, me, Jess, Dani, Nicole, Jessica (and baby Will), and missing Kelly
The next day came early after a late dinner with Amy, Jess, Jessica, Dani, and Amy's husband (aka best sport ever!!).  We got to the Sea Crest (also the starting/finish line) and met up at Amy's room to stay warm and avoid the porta potties! 
Amy's porch....ambassador headquarters
Soon enough it was go time!  We took a few more pictures at the start (Jill ran the 10k last minute...wish I could have seen her more!) and then the 10k runners were off. 

Within 5 minutes it was our time to go!!  A quick wave to our camera man Matt and we were off!  I decided to run with Dani and Jessica for the half but we also started with Jess and Danielle as part of our pack!  The first 3 miles rolled through scenic Falmouth passing harbors filled with moored boats and classic Cape scenery capped off with a jog with Matt from Feetures!  His skills were impressive as he filmed and ran and didn't trip on anything! 8:33, 8:13, 8:09

We turned onto the bike path and welcomed some nice shade as the conversation flowed easily.  We talked about races, family, you name it while meeting new people (the sweetest girl who's running Cape Cod Marathon for her 26th birthday) and dealing with grouchy ladies in Beach to Beacon shirts who were pissed about being passed by some chickies in sparkle skirts!!  Seriously lady you didn't need to push by us...there was a huge open road...oh yeah and then we left you in our dust!!!  We passed a friend of mine who needs to be mentioned!  Jaime lost at least 80lbs and this was her first 10k...she however tore her meniscus the week before...but being determined she walked the whole 10k and cheered on every single person who passed her...WAY TO GO Jaime!!!!  8:27, 8:30, 8:32
Dani takes the best running selfies!!!
The miles were clicking by pretty quickly and even though I am HORRIBLE at figuring out my paces, I knew a PR was in my sights!  I was getting a bit tired and my stomach was cramping a bit partly from a veteran mistake of trying new fuel race day (duh!) and partly because the roads were beginning to roll.  A surprise showing by Matt our Feetures! camera man pushed us through mile 8 but I was starting to feel it!  He asked me how it was going to which I answered, "Feeling strong and hitting our's going great!".  After Jessica asked what paces we were shooting answer, "I don't just sounded like a good thing to say!!"  8:33, 8:31, 8:36, 8:38

Then the hills came and my fancy wheels fell off!  This is where I was the most thankful for my encouraging and amazing running buddies there by my side!!  Each hill brought stomach cramps and a stop to I watched that PR slip right on by.  Ugh!!  The back half of this race is not for the faint of was friggin HARD!!  I was not letting the wheels completely fall off and Dani and Jessica began breaking down the distance for me until we crested the last KILLER hill and let our legs fly down to the finish!! 9:05, 9:11, 9:19
We crossed the finish with arms raised having spent our journey together!!  I can't say enough about how awesome it was to run with these ladies!!

My partners in crime, Dani and Jessica!!
 I'm going with the finish time of 1:53:24...since that's what my watch said for 13.1.  The course was actually long and our official results are 1:54:18...if you want to get technical!  For me I'm sticking to the first time!!
Beachin it!!
After party did not, wine and relaxing on the beach was just the way for me to celebrate half #31 and spending the weekend with some really fabulous ladies!!  A big shout out to another friend of mine, Joan, who rocked her first 10k as well!!!  I am kicking myself for those walks since they kept me from getting that PR but I can't help but be proud of the race I ran!  This course has not heard the last of me year I'll be ready to eat those dang hills for breakfast!!!  I have loved being a ZOOMA ambassador and being able to run with these ladies is icing on the cake!!