Showing posts from October, 2013

Kellogg's From #GreatStarts Come Great Things

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Kellogg's.  
Are you an Olympic fan?  They are just around the corner.  Today marks 101 days until Sochi Winter Olympics.  For those of you without a calendar in front of you to count out the days, that would be February 7 - 23.   Then, only a month later, the Sochi Paralympic Games will be held March 7 - 23.   Trust me, these dates are on my calendar!

How you start your day really has a powerful impact on how the rest of your day is going to go.   I am a strong believer that a great breakfast leads to great things.   That is why I'm excited by Team Kellogg's #GreatStarts.  Team Kellogg's is made up of 11 inspirational athletes who have had many great starts and have worked hard to make it to Sochi.  
Amy Purdy Her sport is Paralympic Snowboard Cross and this is her first year participating in the adaptive snowboarding at this year's Paralympics.  She lost both legs, her kidne…

My Next Four Weeks #GrainBrain Challenge

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grain Brain.  

Last week some exciting came in the mail for me.

Since the Grain Brain challenge was presented to a couple of weeks ago, I've been wanting to read this book.  I've been very unfocused lately and I'm really hoping I see some positive changes throughout this challenge.

Something you need to know about me, I really do not like reading.  But this book really drew me in.

About the Author

This book is written by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD.  A medical advisor to Dr. Oz, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and cofounder and president of the Perlmutter Brain Foundation.  

What I've Learned

According to Dr. Perlmutter, carbohydrates are the root behind many brain conditions.  Sure, genetics play a role in it too.  But it really comes down to the food we are eating.  He goes on to explain that carbohydrates, more specifically glut…

Complete Truth about a Great Protein Powder!

I am paying much more attention to what I'm putting into my mouth.  Even more so as I'm reading a book (post coming soon!) that is completely opening my eyes to how foods change your brain and it's functions.  Yes, that amazing.

That is why I'm so excited to share with you a company that makes protein powder that is:

- Gluten Free
- Vegan
- Raw
- Soy free
- Dairy free
- GMO free
- no artificial flavors or sugars

This company is called Complete Truth.  And I tried out two different protein powders - the original Complete Truth and then the Complete Truth with Maca and Stevia.

Apple Smoothie with Complete Truth
- 1 pkg of Complete Truth with Maca and Stevia
- 1 sliced apple (with skins)
- 1 cup almond milk

Directions - blend, pour, go!

Compared to the other protein powders I've tried, the taste is definitely not sugary and not overwhelming at all.   It's more of an earthy, natural taste.  And I liked it!

In order to be able to compare this protein powder to oth…

Dynamic Tape Review

A few weeks back, I had received a great product in the mail to review - introducing Dynamic Tape.
Heard of it?  And, in addition to getting the opportunity to try out roll, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with the owner/founder of Dynamic Tape!  How cool is that?

It's not a secret, I've been dealing with arch issues for quite awhile.  Dynamic Tape has been a godsend for me.

Dynamic Tape was developed by an Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has been using it in the treatment for athletes as well as people with other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

My conversation with Ryan, who is an athlete himself.   
Dynamic Tape was launched in 2012.  Ryan explained that it was quite a process in developing Dynamic Tape.   While working with athletes, he realized quite a few of the injuries were due to overuse.  By using a rigid tape, athletes complained they couldn't get the proper position for their sport and felt uncomfortable.  He began us…

Tired, Sore Muscles +Giveway!

Throughout my fitness journey, I've been quite lucky in the injury department.  Needless to say, this summer really put a kink in my plans when two injuries hit me at once.  Of course, as any running (or fitness) addict would do, I was willing to try anything and everything that would help me get through my pain.

It was about that time when the folks at Tiger Balm contacted me about doing a review/giveaway.  Yes, a giveaway!!!

I've been using Tiger Balm for the past couple of months and this stuff is amazing.   I received the Tiger Balm Ultra.  From the site:

I've used the Tiger Balm on the arch of my foot, calves, quads, and glutes.    Tiger Balm is quite concentrated and only needs a little bit to make a huge impact.  I've rubbed a small amount on my fingers, rubbed the sore areas (mentioned above), then washed my hands thoroughly.  (and then again)  At first you don't even notice it's there.  And then after approximately 5 minutes, the heat comes on gradua…

October is NON-GMO Month #BESTOWED

It seems like every single time I turn around, foods are genetically modified.  It's incredibly frustrating as a mom trying to feed my children healthy foods.  But then Bestowed comes out and focuses their October box on NON-GMO foods and I'm sold.  I was one of the lucky ones to receive a complimentary box this month to review.

My Bestowed box came last week, on a crazy busy day.  I really wanted to be able to open the box and take my time looking at all of the goodies that came in the box, so I waited until after the Izzy's bath time, so I knew I would have all of the major chores of the day done and I could concentrate on the goodies.  I wanted to do something a little different, so I had Tucker (my official photographer) record me while Izzy was my assistant.  

And then after the reveal, we scrambled over the delicious snacks in the box.  

First up was the UNREAL Peanut Butter Cups.  

"MMMM....peanut butter and chocolate.  That's love, mom."  Yes, she is…

MDI Recap

This past weekend the girls and I had a girls weekend in Bar Harbor.    We haven't had a getaway like this before, but I see there are definitely going to be more!

Gorgeous sunny, perfect day.  Just like MDI Marathon weekend last year.  The day before was absolutely gorgeous.  And then it rained for the entire 26.2 miles.  

This was our view from our room.  Absolutely perfect!  Look at what we can afford when the family doesn't join us and we're splitting a room 4-ways.    
After checking in, we went in town to do some get some coffee, do some shopping, and then dinner.   Before dinner, we had to check out the starting line and do the foot shot.  

Then it was time for dinner.  We chose Paddy's, a great pub by the water.  The food was absolutely delicious, and the company was fabulous!

The next morning, we had one of the best continental breakfasts ever.  It was loaded with the perfect pre-race choices - bagels, peanut butter, bananas.  Of course there was more, but I…

I am a Kindrunner and Proud of it! @BeAKindRunner

Being a Kindrunner Ambassador and customer has it's advantages, like getting packages like these in the mail.

Now I have a great running shirt - that fits perfectly and looks awesome to wear and some new Brooks socks.  I have actually received 2 other pairs of the same Brooks socks before because I was one of their first customers and receive a pair of socks with each order.

I never would have chosen them (sorry, Brooks) if I was shopping for them in a store or online, but now that I've worn them, and I've worn them a lot, I'm really liking them.  They are the cushioned Brooks socks and they are no-show.  After TONS of washings, they are still soft and comfy.  While they are cushioned, I haven't felt like they were too warm for summer at all.

Representing a company who goes above and beyond the norm in shoe/gear sales, is beyond exciting.  When I wear my Kindrunner shirt, I am proud of the company I represent.

If the Kindrunner website doesn't have your shoe…

Do you Sociercise?

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share with you that I've been selected to be a Sociercise Ambassador.

What exactly IS Sociercise?  Pronounced So-sur-size, it's a way to exercise socially.   Sociercise consists of a website and a free to download Real Time Running Races app for iPhone.   No worries Android users, there's an app coming for you soon!  The app allows individuals to compete in real time races and virtual charity races.

I've been participating in quite a few virtual races lately, and I do love running on my own time, but I love the real time racing.

Okay, so tell me more about Sociercise!   There are many aspects to Sociercise.

Real Time Running Races - Sociercise users can race against other uses from any location in real time.  In these races, race participants can track their progress their progress in real time again other real runners.  While competing against each other, you will hear audio prompts when (if) you get passed and will be able to see…

Tufts 10k Recap #teamreebok

Who doesn't love a 3-day weekend?  Especially when I end my weekend in Boston, by myself, running a fabulous race.  I think it's a perfect ending to a weekend.

On Monday I ran the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women as part of Team Reebok through FitFluential.  This was my second year being selected to run on Team Reebok through FitFluential and each year only gets better.  
This year, Reebok sent me even more fabulous gear to train in, which included the Reebok One Cushion.  As I mentioned before, I was a bit nervous to try out the Reebok One.  I normally wear men's shoes due to my wide feet.  To my surprise, the Reebok One's fit perfectly!  I've said this time and time again, I am shocked and amazed at how awesome these shoes are.  
The Reebok One Series shoes have a 3 phases to their zoned cushioning designed to maximize performance and comfort in each phase of the gait cycle.  These shoes are a perfect mix of cushioning and rebounding foam that assist in shock abs…