Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Running Partner Has Four Legs Inventory Clearance!

Inventory clearance! I only have size L and XL remaining (Jr. sizing runs on the small side). Clearance pricing $10 + $3 shipping in the US. Fill out this form with your size/color preference and I will send you a PayPal invoice for $13 (if still available). ORDER FORM HERE. First come/First pay/First serve.



Very limited inventory. Get these for $10 while they last. Order here.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day

A couple of years ago I was presented the opportunity to work with Lorna Jane Activewear. I didn't know much about them at the time. I looked at their online store and thought their clothes were cute so I agreed to work on a project in exchange for apparel.

Over time I really fell in love with the brand and what they stand for. Lorna Jane's 'Move Nourish Believe' campaign aligns perfectly with my own fitness values. I wrote a couple of sponsored posts for them over the years, but it was during that time I became a true customer and supporter of the brand. My Lorna Jane pieces are some of my favorites, so when I want to look great for a photoshoot or an event I almost always choose Lorna Jane. A quick glance at my Instagram account or even my personal training website, you will see Lorna Jane well represented. It's not because they paid me or gave me clothes for a campaign, but because I am an ongoing customer and enthusiastic fan of the brand. I even met Lorna Jane Clarkson at an event in Dallas earlier this year. This is not a sponsored post.


I was really excited to learn about Active Nation Day at Lorna Jane. Active Nation Day is September 27th and was created by Lorna Jane to inspire women to connect with their communities and live a more active life. I decided to drag hubby down to the Lorna Jane store in the West Village (Dallas) to make my Active Nation Day pledge.

MAKE YOUR PROMISE
Make an Active Nation Day pledge and share your promise on social media using the #activenationdaypromise. Here is mine on Instagram. I commit to regular 5am workouts. I've been sleeping in too many days lately.

While I was at the store I ended up buying this cute royal blue tank and a pair of color block capris. I seriously love this bra but I didn't buy it because I decided to buy a second tank instead. I can't just buy everything in the store (as much as I'd like to).



What is that one thing you want to commit to (or recommit to?) Is it to move more? To train for a race? To get up early to workout? To inspire others? To love your body? Whatever it is, write it down to make your pledge! Then (if you live near a store) visit a Lorna Jane store to present your pledge and receive a free active living bracelet as a visual reminder of your commitment.


my active living pledge bracelet. 
Then don't forget to get moving on Active Nation Day! Share your activities with the hashtag #activelivingday #lornajane to connect with a large community of women who are committing to stay active.

My Lorna Jane haul. I need to go back for that bra, don't I?

How will you be moving for Active Nation Day?


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Pay Fit Forward: The Power of Partners! #Giveaway


Disclosure: I am working with My Fit Foods on the Pay Fit Forward Campaign. All opinions are my own. If I hated it, I'd tell you.

There is power in partners. Great partners make life better: A spouse who is the Yin to your Yang, a co-worker who helps balance work with fun or a workout partner who keeps you motivated to move.

Workout Partners

A workout partner can provide accountability, motivation and even push you to work harder with a little friendly competition. Working out with a friend can feel more like a social hour than a (dreaded) workout hour. Maintaining healthy habits can be easier and more fun with a partner.

When the alarm on my phone blares from the other room at 5:30am for my morning workout I usually have the same thought. (explicative removed.) 

Most days all I want to do is sleep....just ten more minutes...then ten more...for the next hour. But more often than not, I drag myself out to bed to take care of business. You know why? One of the reasons is that I have an early morning workout partner. We work out in my ShredShed and if I cancel on my friend, then I know she will miss her workout that morning too. I don't want to let her down.

me and my morning workout partner.
Sometimes we are all too willing to cancel on ourselves, but we don't want to disappoint our friends. I love the accountability of a morning workout partner. I love catching up with my friend while catching up on my fitness. We have fun together in the morning and get in a good sweat!

Pay Fit Forward!

I've been thinking about partners because I am partnering with My Fit Foods to promote their Pay Fit Forward campaign! Pay Fit Forward is a promotion that My Fit Foods is running every Friday in September. When you purchase a My Fit Foods meal, you get a second meal to "Pay Fit Forward" to a friend or My Fit Foods can donate your second meal to a local food charity. How great is that! You can help inspire and motivate a friend towards healthy eating with a free meal or you can partner with a food charity to help the needy. There are only two Fridays left in the promotion!


Partners Circuit!

I hosted the fitness portion of an event at My Fit Foods on Lovers Lane this week! We had a fun group of bloggers, friends and foodies who came by the Lovers Lane My Fit Foods location. We worked up an appetite during my 30 minute partners-themed circuit workout before enjoying a delicious My Fit Foods meal to refuel!

partner tricep dips and chair pushups!
A little cardio to work up an appetite.


Nutrition Coach Q&A

We were all hungry after the workout and ready to dig into these delicious healthy My Fit Foods meals! I had the Power Bowl with quinoa and sweet potatoes. It was so delicious and filling, I was blown away!
Nutritious meals to refuel after our workout
The Q&A was hosted by Kim of Kim's Cravings and we learned a little more about the healthy options that My Fit Foods offers. The Lovers Lane location even has a drive through! My Fit Foods offers fresh, nutritionally-balanced, portion-controlled, ready-to-eat Gluten-free meals and snacks. They take all the guess work out of meal planning and healthy eating and provide free meal planning services with a nutrition coach.

The My Fit Foods nutrition coach answering questions
Me and Kim from Kim's Cravings! It was so fun partnering with her on hosting duties.
Me and my best blogging buddy, Mai Lyn from Deep Fried Fit and Dallas Fitness Ambassadors
What a great looking group! Thanks to everyone who came out!
The Giveaway

My Fit Foods has locations in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, Oklahoma and Southern California. If you live in one of these markets, I have partnered with My Fit Foods to offer you an amazing giveaway! They have generously offered a $100 My Fit Foods gift certificate to get you started with My Fit Foods! GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


GIVEAWAY RULES:
Contest runs 9/18-9/28
No purchase necessary.
Winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
Entries on Rafflecopter will be verified. Entries not completed will be disqualified. (i.e. don't say you did it if you didn't.)
Open to residents of Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, Oklahoma and Southern California 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email 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
Prize will be shipped directly from Running with Ollie in Texas. Please allow 30 days from contest end for delivery of prize.

Do you have a workout partner? Have you ever tried My Fit Foods or worked with a nutrition coach?

Good luck!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Pay Fit Forward Dallas Event - Workout with Me!

Disclosure: I am working with My Fit Foods on the Pay Fit Forward Campaign. All opinions are my own. If I hated it, I'd tell you.

Hi, friends! I am thrilled to tell you about an event I am hosting in Dallas for My Fit Foods. I will be leading a 30 minute circuit-style workout on Thursday September 17th at 7pm at My Fit Foods on Lovers Lane. You can work up an appetite with me before enjoying a delicious My Fit Foods meal during a Q&A with a My Fit Foods chef. What questions do you have about nutrition and healthy eating? Here's your chance to ask!


Space is limited! Register here. It's free!

Pay Fit Forward Fridays in September


On Fridays in September My Fit Foods is offering customers a chance to "Pay Fit Forward!" When you buy a My Fit Foods meal you will have the chance to receive a second meal for free to Pay Fit Forward to a friend or donate to a local hunger-relief charity. It's a great opportunity to share your healthy lifestyle with friends! Grab a friend and come on down to My Fit Foods on Lovers Lane to workout with me and learn more! 

Texas charities: Keep Austin Fed, North Texas Food Bank and Nourishment for the Needy.

My Fit Foods Lovers Lane

5235 WEST LOVERS LANE
DALLAS, TX 75209

I stopped by the Lovers Lane location the other day to see what it was all about. When I walked in the small store there were a few people browsing the refrigerator section and a My Fit Foods nutritionist was working with a customer. I introduced myself to the manager and he gave me the run down on My Fit Foods. He explained how they have over 60 locally-prepared, nutritionally-balanced, portion-controlled, ready-to-eat Gluten-free meals and snacks that are never frozen. After learning more about My Fit Foods I think this is the perfect solution for busy people who want to make healthy choices but just don't have the time to prepare nutritious meals at home. I love that they offer complimentary meal planning services. You can work with a nutritionist for a customized meal plan or just stop in and pick up a tasty meal when you need it. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so you're covered for all your meals. They take the time and guess work out of meal planning. I love anything that makes a healthy lifestyle more convenient. 

My Fit Foods, Lovers Lane. Meet me here next Thursday September 17th

The fridge is stocked with healthy meals to go (or stay)!


I want to try these breakfast tacos! YUM!

My Fit Foods has locations in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, Oklahoma and Southern California. If you are in the Dallas area come workout with me! If you live in another one of these markets, be sure to visit My Fit Foods on Fridays in September to Pay Fit Forward!!

Partners Circuit



The theme of the Pay Fit Forward event is "partners" so I've incorporated some fun partner exercises into a heart pumping 30 minute circuit workout that is suitable for all fitness levels. Grab a friend and meet me at My Fit Foods on Lovers Lane! 

Then come back here next week. I'll be sharing a recap of the event, my partner circuit that you can try at home and a chance to win a My Fit Foods 3 Day Quick Start program ($100 value) giveaway! Stay tuned....

Space is limited! Register here. It's free!


Will you join me there? Do you have any questions you would like me to ask the nutritionist? How do you feel about convenient meals that actually are healthy? You can learn more about My Fit Foods here.

Hope to see you there.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dude, Where's the Ocean? How to Catch a Wave in Dallas

I've had a life long love affair with the ocean. Unfortunately, we have been forced into a long distance relationship due to geographical inconvenience. I lived in western Pennsylvania for the first twenty something years of my life and then I moved to north Texas. Any dreams I may have had of becoming a beach bum/surfer girl were crushed under the reality of my land locked lifestyle. Until now.


Dallas may not be Surf City but it turns out, I can still have a surfing experience in the city at City Surf Deep Ellum.

Mai Lyn from Deep Fried Fit and I hosted a meet and greet for our Dallas Fitness Ambassadors at City Surf Deep Ellum. We couldn't think of better way for fitness bloggers to connect than for us to get sweaty together...and we did get sweaty.



City Surf is a small studio in Deep Ellum that holds what I call 'city style' surfboards. No water needed! The surfboards are balanced on BOSU balls that are secured by two bungee cords on each side. More experienced surfers can remove one of the two bungees on each side for an even more unstable experience.

We spent the first few minutes with our instructor Melanie getting acquainted with our boards. We walked forward and backwards, rocked back and forth and did some warm up air squats. I love the concept of doing your whole workout on an unstable surface. I believe that stabilization, balance and core are the foundations of fitness, building skill and strength in these areas should be a priority.

Our surfer instructor, Melanie!

It was definitely a little wobbly for me up there, but I was up for the challenge. Melanie relieved everyone's biggest fear in the beginning of the class. She said if you fall off the board, she takes it as a compliment. It just means you are pushing yourself to your limits. If you fall you are a badass. I appreciated the encouragement, because falling was a very real possibility. She said it happens all the time, even to experienced surfers. Even to her.

"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."

If you thought we were just playing around on a surfboard you were wrong. This workout was no joke. The class we attended was structured to give us a taste of a few of their different class styles.

CITY SURF


The first portion was a sample of their 'City Surf' class. It is described as their signature class featuring fun surf-inspired movements utilizing surfer specific muscle groups. It was really fun to lie prone on the surf board using my arms to paddle out to the waves only to jump (or in my case carefully stand) up to catch the wave. Melanie reminded us that there are no scheduled breaks, because in surfing you always have to keep moving...or else you die. ha. (But she encouraged us to listen to our bodies and rest as needed.)

Me and Mai Lyn #nobaddays

BIG KAHUNA


Then we moved into the 'Big Kahuna' class which is defined as a strength-inspired class featuring resistant bands and sand bells, great for toning and muscle development. This was definitely my favorite portion of the class. Melanie told us that this is a great class for City Surf beginners because it is less cardio-intense, the slower movements give you the opportunity to develop confidence on the board. We strung resistant bands through loops on the nose of the board that attached to our ankle leash and we worked through some lower body strength circuits. Then we looped those bands to the sides of the boards for an upper body workout. By the time the 'Big Kahuna' workout was ending, I was thinking it was probably time to start cooling down. Did I hear someone say Yoga? Nope.


BEACH BODY BOOTCAMP


We moved into the 'Beach Body Bootcamp' portion of the class which is a cardio-based class designed to make you sweat and burn calories. This is just like a traditional bootcamp but on a surfboard. Burpees? check. Sandbags? check. Kick your ass? check. This was killer. We did a ladder work out with three moves starting with six reps each working down to one rep. If you thought burpees were physically demanding on the ground, try them on a surfboard. This portion was really fun and really challenging. I was dripping sweat all over the sharks after that one.

BUDDHA BOARD YOGA


"Buddha Board' Yoga is their spin on Yoga. The regular class is a 50 minute Vinaysa flow that will take your Yoga practice to the next level. All I could think at this point was "Yay, the cool down." Not so fast. Turns out Yoga on a surfboard was its own kind of challenge. After this part of the class, I have a whole new respect for those stand up paddle board Yogis. Of course it was during Savasana (corpse pose) that I almost fell off the board, almost just rolled right off. Ha

Everyone is smiling and having fun!
Simply Fit Meals was there to provide delicious healthy refreshments to hydrate and refuel after our class.

Dallas Fitness Ambassadors rock!
City Surf in Deep Ellum was so much fun. You get a fun full body workout, a unique experience and absolutely no risk of a shark attack. Win-win.

I'm hooked. Do I need to install one of these in the #shredshed?
Thanks so much to City Surf for hosting us, to the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors bloggers for hanging out and to our generous sponsors of the event: Athleta, Simply Fit Meals, FlipBelt, Shine Athletica and Les Mills Good Protein.

Have you ever been surfing? Have you ever taken a surf-inspired fitness class? This class was a blast. I highly recommend it.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

I'm Internet-Famous Today!

Hi, Friends. I am internet famous today! Toni from Running Loving Living reached out to me the other day about a collaboration (exciting things to come!) and offered to feature me on her awesome running blog!

What Toni doesn't know is that back when I was a newbie blogger (way-ol-ye-back in 2011) she was my unwitting blog mentor. You see, I was a brand new blogger in those olden days, and maybe it was my perception at the time, but it didn't seem there were as many running bloggers back then as there are today. I admired Toni for the space she carved out for herself on the web.

So I gravitated towards Toni and her blog for general direction on mine, in a totally non-copying, 'imitation in the sincerest form of flattery' kind of way. Ha.

Me in 2011:
"Toni is hosting a giveaway. Wait. That's a great idea, maybe I should host a giveaway on my blog."
"Oh look, Toni is putting on a virtual race. I could do that!"
"Toni joined something called Fitfluential. What is Fitfluential? Maybe I should join!"

So needless to say, she is probably single handedly responsible for my little blog getting off the ground and she didn't even know it! Thanks Toni!



So I am thrilled after all these years of virtual friendship to work with Toni on a upcoming project (stay tuned). Please click over to Running Loving Living to read about how I started running, how 'Running for Dummies' became 'running with Ollie', my bathroom routine before races (you're welcome) and my new personal training business.

Check out my feature on Running Loving Living

Thanks so much Toni! I hope to meet you in real life (IRL as the kids say) someday.

Lea





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