Saturday, October 31, 2015

All Aboard the Pumpkin Bandwagon: Protein Pumpkin Cookie Treats and a 13.1 Halloween

Allow me to give you a little insight into my blog publishing process. Step one: A random idea pops in my head. Step two: I work on said idea and usually force request hubby to help in some way. Step three: Approximately two to three hours later, publish blog post. I've never been great about planning ahead or working from an editorial calendar. I fly by the seat of my pants and like it that way. So this morning, on Halloween day, when I decided it would be a great idea to carve a fitness pumpkin and make healthy protein pumpkin cookies, it was very typical of my usual process.

While most bloggers probably planned their Halloween posts back in August, I came up with my idea this morning and hoped to get it done before the day was over so I didn't miss the opportunity all together. As I type this I am waiting for it to get dark so I can show you a picture of my lit up pumpkin as it was intended. It is not lost on me that after dark on Halloween most people will be busy with their Halloween festivities and not reading blog posts, so if you find this on November 1st, I hope you had a happy Halloween!

As I mentioned hubby is often my unwitting blog assistant. He didn't particularly want to carve a pumpkin today, but my pumpkin carving skills (and overall craft project proficiency) have much to be desired. My super-talented-artsy friend is out of town today, so Hubby was tasked with carving my 13.1 pumpkin (mostly against his will). I helped by staying out of his way (and taking pictures)!

The 13.1 pumpkin was inspired by my excitement for the Rock n Roll half marathon in Vegas in 15 days! Ironically I got overly involved in our pumpkin projects and didn't run my 11 mile training run today. It is now officially on the schedule for tomorrow. It it a lot of work supervising watching hubs carve a pumpkin. I can't be expected to run 11 miles and do anything else productive in the same day.

13.1 pumpkin carving

But nice shirt, amiright?

Now I am in a pumpkin mood and with the slightly cooler weather I am finally ready to jump on the pumpkin-everything bandwagon! I received this protein pumpkin cookie treat recipe in an email from Good Protein. I have to say they are pretty good, but definitely are missing the sweet factor. I recommend adding honey or Stevia to give them more of a 'cookie' taste.

Protein pumpkin Treats!



Protein pumpkin cookie recipe from Good Protein




Happy Halloween

In case you missed it I am giving away a Jawbone UP and this is the last weekend to enter! I also started a Facebook fitness accountability group if you want to join us over there!

How did you celebrate Halloween?


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Life Lessons Learned from FitBit + KrowdFit & Jawbone UP Giveaway

I won a Fitbit HR a couple weeks ago on Instagram. It was sheer luck. I didn't even enter the contest. A blogger friend tagged me in the giveaway post and I didn't even really read it to know that I was being entered in the giveaway too. Turns out it was the greatest thing she could have done for me, because she won a Fitbit and since she tagged me, I won one too. Amazing, right? A million thanks to Toni!

I have had fitness trackers before, in fact this new Fitbit is fitness tracker #4. After wearing my new tracker for two weeks, I have realized some life lessons learned from Fitbit

1. Every day is a new day.

Every day is new opportunity to make positive choices. When I rack up 15,000 steps on my Fitbit I may be feeling pretty proud of myself, but when the clock strikes midnight, I am back down to 0. It doesn't matter if I walked 20k steps yesterday, what matters today is what I do today. It goes both ways. If I have a low count step day, then with a new day I get a fresh start and a chance to improve. I have to be consistent in my actions every single day. I can't rest on my achievements of yesterday. If that's not a life lesson, I don't know what is.

2. Everything is better with friends.

As I mentioned I have used three other activity trackers, but Fitbit is the only one that I've used that connected to compete with friends. OMGosh I am sort of obsessed. It is now my life's mission to stay in first place of weekly steps among my Fitbit friends. If someone pulls ahead of me, I've been known to jump on the treadmill to catch up (after a glass of wine? You can't prove it.). A little friendly casual competition can provide just that boost of motivation that I need (even if the other party doesn't realize we are in a competition). Friends can encourage, support and push you when you need it! Do you have a Fitbit? Send me a PM on Facebook with your email address and I will add you to my FitBit friends! I'd love to have some more Fitbit friends!

All of this really got me thinking about how I can help motivate my friends to get active or be more active! I was toying with the idea of a Facebook fitness accountability group when KrowdFit approached me about working with them and I thought they were a perfect fit for me (and you).

Need more motivation? KrowdFit provides the social support plus cash prizes for Fitbit and Jawbone UP users. Say, what? Yes. They are a socially-powered, Krowd-funded rewards program that pays out cash prize giveaways for the activity that you log on Fitbit and Jawbone UP.

KROWDFIT



A KrowdFit membership costs $12.99 a month and you have tons of opportunities to win cash prizes. KrowdFit understands that it is the small daily actions that lead to big results so they reward you for your consistent positive healthy habits.

What can I win? Glad you asked.

Weekly Meal Logging Challenge: 
Every week they choose 12 winners to split a $1500 cash prize for $125/each winner. (one entry per meal logged)

Monthly Sleep Challenge:
Every month they select eight winners to split a $2000 cash prize for $250/each winner (one entry per 8 hours of sleep)

Quarterly Step Challenge:
Two winners split a $5000 cash prize for $2500/each winner (one entry per 5,000 steps)

Quarterly Physical Activity Challenge:
Four winners split a $20,000 cash prize for $5000/each winner (one entry per 60 minutes of activity)

$1 Million Fitness Sweepstakes
Drawings occur every Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Members receive three entries a day for logging in, syncing device and dieting data!

You can Join me over on KrowdFit for $12.99 month plus if you don't already have a Fitbit or Jawbone Up you can bundle a device in your membership. (or you can enter to win a Jawbone Up in my giveaway below!)

Let's wrap this up with a few options for fitness accountability and a chance to win a Jawbone UP!
1. You can join our free Facebook fitness accountability group and/or
2. Join my KREW on KROWDFIT (affiliate link)


Join our FREE Facebook fitness accountability group. Come hang out with us over on Facebook as we brag share our daily fitness accomplishments. Are you afraid you are annoying your Facebook friends with all your fitness posts? (#sorrynotsorry) We are never annoyed! Whether you run, walk, lift, practice Yoga, do Zumba or CrossFit, you'll find support in our group! Everything is better with friends!



Join my KREW over on KROWDFIT for a chance to win cash prizes for your healthy living activities! 


JAWBONE UP / KROWDFIT PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!

Enter for a chance to win this Jawbone UP / KrowdFit prize pack giveaway! 






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GIVEAWAY RULES:
Giveaway runs 10/26-11/3
No purchase necessary.
Winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
Entries will be verified. Entries not completed will be disqualified. (i.e. don't say you did it if you didn't.)
Open to US residents 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.

Good luck!


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall in Love with Running Virtual 5K and Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered the pre-registration giveaway! It is now officially closed and the winner of the $25 Sports Authority gift card is...(drum roll)

Entry-Form

Congratulations Elizabeth S!

Now it's time for the main event! "The Fall in Love with Running" Virtual 5K and giveaway! After a long summer of running through the heat and humidity, we are ready to celebrate Fall! It's the most wonderful time of year for runners!



In order to celebrate, I have teamed up with Toni from Running, Loving, Living to host a Fall in Love with Running Virtual 5K and Giveaway. Two hosts means twice the giveaway prizes and twice the fun! Are you in?

You have questions. We have answers.

What is a Virtual Race?
A virtual race is a running event that you run where you live. There are no parking hassles or long lines at the porta-potty. You decide where you will run 5k (3.1 miles). Afterwards join the other participants online to brag about report your run. You can run the virtual race in your neighborhood, on the treadmill, on your local trails or a track (or wherever else you can dream up). The beauty of a virtual race is that you choose the location. You can learn more by reading a post I wrote about everything you ever wanted to know about virtual racing here.


Who can join?
Anyone who wants to run or walk (skip, crawl or cartwheel) a 5k can join in on the fun on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FALLinlovevirtual5k and by tagging @runningwithollie and @runninglovingliving. The giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How much does it cost?
It's FREE! We organize these virtual races to motivate runners and walkers, build an online community, to raise awareness of our blogs and to help promote the brands we love. 

When is it? 
You can participate in the virtual race by running or walking a 5k (3.1 miles) anytime between October 11-17. Run it all at once. Break it up over a couple of days. Whatever works for you.




The Virtual Event
1. Download your race bib here.


2. Run or walk a 5K (3.1 miles).

3. Share your run on Instagram by tagging @runningwithollie and @runninglovingliving and use hashtag #fallinlovevirtual5K. Search the hashtag to find the other race participants and cheer them on!

4. Come back here (or Running Loving Living) and enter the giveaway (by filling out the giveaway form below) to be eligible to win one of many great prizes.

the Grand Prize!
The "Fall in Love with Running" Virtual 5K grand prize is a $160 gift code to Asics America so you can buy new running shoes! Perfect for the fall training season.


20 Prizes. No Entry Fee. Fun and Free. Join us now!

There are tons of additional giveaway prizes up for grabs. Check out these awesome prizes!


Giveaway prizes!
1. Grand Prize $160 gift code to Asics America
2. National Academy of Sports Medicine prize pack that includes a cell phone arm band, headphones, a card charger, playing cards and a portable salad bowl.
3. Running with Ollie "My running partner has four legs" tank top in blue (winner's choice size S-XL)
4. SPI Belt
5. Trailheads running hat
6. Vega gift set with protein bars and hydrator packs
7. Momentum Jewelry bracelet "Stronger than yesterday"
8. Panasonic ergofit stereo headphones
9. 3 Sparkly Soul Headbands (pink, blue, silver)
10. 5 Boston strong KT tape sets
11. Timex IronMan Visor
12. Sweat Pink prize pack that includes a Sweat Pink trucker hat, pink shoelaces and a I sweat pink so hard cinch bag.
13. Salt stick caps
14. Locklaces
15. Graced by grit headband and hair tie
16. Tunebelt armband
17. Fierce Forward Purpose bracelet
18. Large Pink Running Skirt
19. Dr. Cool ice compression pack and headband
20. Silver dream bracelet (not pictured)

Entry-Form

GIVEAWAY RULES:
Virtual event runs 10/11-10/17
No purchase necessary.
Winner will be randomly selected via Giveaway Tools
Entries will be verified. Entries not completed will be disqualified. (i.e. don't say you did it if you didn't.)
Open to US residents 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 or Running Loving Living in Florida. Please allow 30 days from contest end for delivery of prize.


Are you participating in this virtual event? Will you help us get the word out? Please consider sharing.   I hope to see you on Instagram sharing your run!

Keep Running,

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

"Fall in Love with Running" Virtual 5k Preregistration & Giveaway

I don't know about you, but Autumn is my favorite time of the year. In fact, I think it is the most wonderful time of the year. You know...like the famous song?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The runners' hearts are all swelling
and everyone’s yelling, Autumn is here!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year


It's the hap-happiest season to run
With those hi-five race greetings and pace grouping meetings
When we all come for fun
It's the hap-happiest season to run


There'll be track meets to host
finish line beers to toast
And pacing long runs real slow
There'll be new PR stories
And tales of the glories of the
Races long, long ago


It's the most wonderful time of the year
Oh the lines we’ll be toeing
Our bling will be glowing
When the finish line’s near
It's the most wonderful time of the year


It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year
-Lea Genders of www.runningwithollie.com

Who's with me on this one?

After a hot summer of running, I am ready for the brisk cool air of Autumn. This is the time of year that I fall in love with running all over again. It always feels like such a short time between the brutal summers and cold winters, I love to take advantage of fall and get as much outdoor running in as possible.

In order to celebrate this wonderful season I am teaming up with my blogging friend, Toni from Running, Loving, Living to host the "Fall in Love with Running" Virtual 5k! There will be two hosts, so twice the fun and twice the giveaway prizes for participants (that's you)! It begins on October 11th but you can preregister for the event here.


What is a Virtual Race?
A virtual race is an event that you run on your own terms. Forget parking hassles and long lines at the porta-potty, you decide where you will run 5k (3.1 miles). Afterwards join the other participants online to brag about report your run. You can run the virtual race in your neighborhood, on the treadmill, on your local trails or a track (or wherever else you can dream up). The beauty of a virtual race is that you choose the location. You can learn more by reading a post I wrote about everything you ever wanted to know about virtual racing here.

Who can join?
Anyone who wants to run or walk (skip, crawl or cartwheel) a 5k can join in on the fun on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FALLinlovevirtual5k and by tagging @runningwithollie and @runninglovingliving. The giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How much does it cost?
$0. It is 100% free and fun. We organize these virtual races to motivate runners and walkers, build an online community, to raise awareness of our blogs and to help promote the brands we love.

When is it? 
You can participate in the virtual race by running or walking a 5k (3.1 miles) anytime between October 11-17.

Did you say giveaway? What can I win?
Oh, so many great prizes. Once you run the 5k you will have a chance to come back and enter to win one of many great prizes. Want a sneak peak? OK, twist my arm (truth: I'm so excited to share). A full list of the prizes and descriptions will be available at the launch of the event!

Fall in Love with Running Virtual 5K giveaway prizes sneak peak


Why do I need to preregister?
If you preregister, we'll remind you on the 11th so you don't forget all about it. I know I sometimes get excited about things, but then just get busy and forget. Sound familiar? Besides, if you preregister before October 11th, you can enter into a separate giveaway for a $25 Sports Authority gift card. This is a giveaway separate of the main event giveaway and the winner will chosen among the people who preregistered only. The winner of the preregistration giveaway will be announced on the launch of the main event on October 11th.



CLICK HERE TO PREREGISTER
then once you've preregistered come back to enter the giveaway.


Ollie is ready! You'll be able to download your own race bib at the launch of the event.

GIVEAWAY RULES:
Preregistration giveaway runs 10/4-10/10
No purchase necessary.
Winner will be randomly selected via Giveaway Tools
Entries will be verified. Entries not completed will be disqualified. (i.e. don't say you did it if you didn't.)
Open to US residents 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 or Running Loving Living in Florida. Please allow 30 days from contest end for delivery of prize.

Are you in?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (or Lunch or Breakfast)

I am thrilled to announce the winner of the My Fit Foods $100 Gift card! Congrats Cassandra! I'll be contacting you to get your mailing address to send your gift card.

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I had a great time hosting and leading a 30 minute workout at the My Fit Foods on Lovers Lane. Thanks to everyone who came out and especially to My Fit Foods for the great event and yummy food.



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