Sunday, September 29, 2013

When I Run, I Exercise My Body and My Soul (and the JoeyBra Giveaway Winner)


Have you read my JoeyBra review? It's a sports bra that has zippered pockets on each side to hold your personal belongings and your iPhone. Did you enter the giveaway to win one for yourself? Are you wondering if you are the lucky winner? Are you wishing that I would quit asking questions and announce the winner already? Well, are you?

Before I announce the winner, I wanted to share a quick picture. When I go out and run, I always feel like I am exercising my body...and my soul. Do you feel the same?



And the winner of the JoeyBra sports bra is... Angela P.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Angela! Look out for an email from me requesting your mailing address and size and the nice people at JoeyBra will ship your prize directly to you. Enjoy! I hope you like it as much as I did.

Thanks to everyone who entered. If you are interested in learning more about the JoeyBra, you can click here to purchase.

How about you? Do you run to exercise your soul? Where do you keep your stuff when you run?

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Throwback Thursday: How to Make Your Treadmill Runs Not Suck.

Throwback Thursday is a monthly post where I dive deep into the archives of Running with Ollie and share an older post that you may have missed the first time around. I also take this opportunity to share a self-indulgent throwback picture. I usually share a painstakingly cute picture of me when I was a toddler, or a hilarious picture of my giant eighties hair, but this month we are in the middle of a bathroom remodel, so I thought I would share a throwback picture from last time we were in the midst of a major remodeling project. I call it, "Fun with Spray Paint." Hubby tells it like it is on the sub floors with spray paint during our wood floor install. Can anyone relate? Speaking of things that suck...

Throwback Thursday

Oops. I have been so busy lately I almost forgot the September edition of Throwback Thursday! We are in the midst of a major bathroom remodel, I started a new job (yay) and have been studying (not enough lately) for my personal training certification. Things have been so hectic, I've barely had the time to run. Now here it is, the last week of September! I am thankful for the cooler weather blowing in and I am hopeful to start my marathon training back up. September flew by so quickly.

My throwback Thursday post this month is the perfect blog for me right now because I just joined a new gym (yay) and plan on throwing in some short (but sweet - I mean, sweaty) treadmill runs on my lunch break. I love lunch break workouts because I don't have to wake up at an ungodly hour to do it and it doesn't delay me getting home at night to my husband. It forces me to bring my lunch from home, so in the end I am not spending money, not eating out, and getting in a work out. Win-win-win. The only downside is that I have to go back to work a little sweaty, but nothing a quick wipe down and a heavy body spray won't cover. Let's just hope my co-workers don't notice. 

I was going to call this post, "How to Make Your Treadmill Runs Fun" but ultimately decided that I didn't want to over promise and under deliver. Fun is strong word. I suspected you would question my sanity if I used the words 'fun' and 'treadmill' in the same sentence.

Let's just agree on, "How to Make Your Treadmill Runs Not Suck."

I hope you will click over and check out the original post. Leave me a comment and let me know how you get through your treadmill workouts.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

The 39 Project



Guess what? It's my birthday! I think no matter how old I get, I will always enjoy having my special day and celebrating another year. But as I get older, I often wonder how this happened? The years have flown by so quickly. I am 39 today and will now begin my 40th year on this earth. Really? 39? Weird.

I remember being a kid in the late eighties when that show "Thirtysomething" was on television. I distinctly recall thinking, "Who would want to watch a show about a bunch of old people?" I laugh at that now, because I look around at my generation and there is not an old person among us. We all look so great and young. It is strange to think that at *almost* 40 I generally feel like I am in the same head as when I was 18. Of course, I am smarter, have learned many lessons, and have generally grown more confident and secure, but at my core, I feel like the same person I have always been, and I imagine that won't ever change. (Note to self: Ask Grandma if at age 99 she feels the same as she did when she was 19.)

I am blessed with a generally very happy life. I am in a great marriage with a man who loves and respects me, who also happens to be my very best friend. It is big part of my happiness. When things get stressful at work, in outside personal relationships, or in life in general, I feel grateful that I can always come home to an easy, peaceful, home life that is full of fun and laughter. We make a comfortable living, have a nice, albeit small, home that we have built up with our own hands (OK, mostly his hands). We have good health, good friends, and strong family (and a handsome dog).

I am not telling you all of this to brag about how perfect my life is, because as you already know (because you are human too), it is not. I struggle with self-doubt, I can't seem to wrap my head around the moderation thing (always all-or-nothing, which results in a continued frustrating cycle of weight loss and gain). I can get lost in the perceived negativity in my own head and blow things out of proportion. I tend to deal with things internally. I avoid real confrontation to a fault. 

I wanted to experiment with how my thoughts and small actions affect my life. I am calling it the 39 project because I intend it to be a long term experiment starting on my 39th birthday (today!) and it is loosely inspired by the book called the Happiness Project.

Positive Self-Talk

My mother always taught me that I didn't have to believe every thought that passed through my head, because the truth is, your thoughts lie. But even growing up with this guidance, it is easy to forget. I will tell myself how awesome I am (and have the potential to be) and will not entertain any thoughts that claim otherwise. Remember Stuart Smalley?


 

No Gossip

The idea here is to make an effort to surround myself with happy positive people and steer clear of the negative, gossipy types. I know from experience that the bonds that are developed from a gossip-filled relationship are too easily broken. The person who gossips to you is gossiping about you to someone else. These are not the types of people that bring positive influence and I simply don't have time for it. Focus on building friendships on love and mutual respect. I won't start gossip, spread it, or participate in it.

Perspective:

This goes along with positive self-talk. This is about making an effort to not complain and try to look at things from a positive perspective of gratitude. Stuck in traffic? Be thankful that it wasn't my car in an accident that caused the traffic jam. Tired after a long day of work? Be thankful that I have a job. It is not always easy to do, but with conscious effort it can be done. It is all about not complaining about things that can't be changed...and working to change things than can.

Be Social

If you know me, you know this is a hard one for me. But I will make more of an attempt to be more social and step outside my comfort zone socially. Don't expect me to be dancing on the tables at the next party, but maybe you can expect me to show up. That's huge.

Goal Setting/Dream Big

Just because I am "grown up" (not really, next year I think, officially) doesn't mean that it is time to rest comfortably into this life. I want to keep growing, keep learning, keep reaching for the stars! Who I want to be when I grow up should be an ever-evolving thing.  I am planning to take my personal training certification exam very soon and will keep reaching for the stars. I'll keep a running list of my short-term and long-term personal and professional goals and go over them often.

Exercise/Healthy Eating

For me, exercise is one of the most important factors in my emotional well-being. When I exercise, I feel good, I clear my mind, I exercise my body, and my soul. When I neglect exercise, I fall into a general funk. I am generally happier, more productive, and have more energy when I exercise regularly. The same goes for healthy food. The better quality of food that I consume, the better I feel overall. But with that being said, I will try not to tip the scales (pun intended) in one direction or another. I will work hard(er) at moderation.

So on my 39th birthday, as I begin my 40th year, I feel hopeful and excited about the opportunities ahead.  I am excited to experiment with how my thoughts can change my life. My career seems to be finally on the right path, and  I am pursuing my passions and my hobbies to the fullest extent in terms of my personal training certification and this blog.

Thanks to you for your continued support of me and my little blog. I am always blown away by the love and support from you here. Thanks for everything.

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Lea

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

JoeyBra Sport Review and Giveaway: Stuff Your Bra the Right Way

Disclosure: I was provided a JoeyBra Sport free of charge for the purpose of a blog review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give it a positive review. If I hated it, I'd tell you.


Let's face it. As women, we have been stuffing our bras most of our lives. If not with the extra padding we desired as young girls, then it was with our IDs in our clubbing days. As a runner, I've been known to lock my valuables in my car and stuff my car key in my bra when I hit the trails. When I am an old and grey Grandma, I'll probably keep my old lady pills in there. Since I still have a few years before I hit those old and grey years, I was thrilled for the opportunity to try the JoeyBra Sport, the sports bra with built in pockets on the side to hold my small valuables while I run. Brilliant!

I love the idea of putting my ID or my debit card in a zippered bra pocket when I go out for a run, but the JoeyBra also claims it holds the iPhone! When I first tried to put my phone in the pocket, I couldn't get it to fit, so I gave up. I slid my ID and my debit card in one pocket and my house key in the other and I was ready to go out for my test run. Then I mentioned to my running partner that I was surprised that I couldn't fit my iPhone in the pocket, she said, "Did you remove the case?" D'uh! I had a brunette moment (you know, like a blonde moment, but less offensive to my smart blonde friends). So, I removed the case, and my phone slid easily into the pocket. I was ready to run, iPhone in tow!

We went for a short run around the neighborhood. The JoeyBra is comfortable, structured, supportive, and cute, with black quick-drying fabric and pink contrast zippers. It felt good on my run, it had the same support and comfort that I would expect from my traditional sports bras. It was perfect. I ran about three miles during my run and the JoeyBra did its job and kept my things safe and secure, exactly as promised. Now I will never have to relive that time I tied my car key to my shoe laces on a run in the park and my shoe laces came untied. Yes, that really happened.

I did notice that because the phone is thick when it is in the side pocket of the bra, it might start to rub against your arm after a while during longer runs. It was no problem at all for my short run but I imagine for half-marathons or longer, a traditional running belt to hold your marathon belongings (phone, ID, gels, etc.) might be more appropriate.

The side zippers are reverse coil (the bumpy coil side of the zipper is on the inside) so that it is smooth and flat on the outside of the bra to minimize any friction against your skin. They thought of everything!

The JoeySport Bra is perfect for holding your ID, debit cards, and house key when you want to leave the house for a quick run. It is always smart to at least carry your ID with you, even if it is just a few miles around the neighborhood. I love that my iPhone fits in the pocket and I dont have to mess with a running belt or an awkward armband for short runs, walks with Ollie, or at the gym. Speaking of the gym, it is perfect to hold your locker key! It is a great sports bra and it doubled nicely as an everyday bra. I even wore it a few days under my work clothes. Now that I have a JoeyBra, I may never carry a purse again. :)

I highly recommend that you stuff your bra the right way and check out the JoeyBra Sport.

When companies ask me to try their products for a review, I am always thinking about what I can do for you! I asked JoeyBra if they would support (yes, I think I am funny) a reader giveaway and they agreed! All you have to do to enter is leave a blog comment and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance win your very own JoeyBra in your size.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest Rules:

No purchase necessary.
Contest runs from 9/19/13 until 9/29/13.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Winner will receive JoeyBra Sport in their size.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form to win.
Prize will ship directly to winner from JoeyBra after address and size is confirmed.


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pinning is the New Skinny: Pin It Party


We can all agree that Pinning is the new skinny, right?

I love Pinterest!

The awesome Lean Green Bean Blog is hosting a Pin it Party for bloggers! She invited her fellow bloggers to round up a post of five images from our blogs that we would like to share on Pinterest. The idea is that you check out the Pin it Party on her blog and pin some images from the other bloggers at the party. You can check out all the details and rules of Lean Green Bean Blog Pin it Party.

If you are not a blogger, you can play too! Pinning images from your favorite blogs is an easy way to support them (hint hint)!  Please check out the Pin it Party to feed your Pinterest addiction and discover a ton of great new fitness blogs.

First things first. You can follow me on Pinterest here, so we can share all our great pins!

Who is Walking Who? Tips for Running with Your Dog



How to Survive the Summer Running Season



Where I Run: A Guest Post by Ollie (The Dog)






The Things Your Runner Friends Don't Tell you



Meal Planning for the Disorganized



Thanks for checking out my contribution to the Pin it Party. These are my five pinnable images (yes Webster, pinnable is a word now) and the links back to the original posts. I hope you enjoyed the party!



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Healing Hands: Massage for the Cause!


We runners love our massages, especially marathon runners. Am I right? Whether it is to work out those tight muscles or just to relax as a reward for all of our hard work, I'd say massages and runners go together like kale and chicken peanut butter and jelly.

So when Massage Envy asked me to help spread the word about their Healing Hands for Arthritis event, with a massage as an incentive, I was excited to get involved!

Healing Hands for Arthritis is a one day event designed to raise funds and build awareness to fight Arthritis. On September 18th, 2013 Massage Envy Spas will donate $10 from every one hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation.

So what are you waiting for? If you are looking for a good excuse to treat yourself (you know, other than that long run last weekend), then book your massage appointment at Massage Envy for September 18th and help the Arthritis Foundation.

I made my appointment for a deep tissue massage at the Colleyville, TX Massage Envy. Stay tuned for my review post and a special surprise for you. 



Check out this video to learn more about Healing Hands for Arthritis.



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