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Running into 2015!

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So, it’s been a month since the NY marathon which, I know, I owe a recap. That race was just so disastrous, I really don’t want to think about it, never mind write about it but I need to.  I need to make my peace with it and then forget it.

But now that we’re on day 2 of December, I need to focus on what I am doing for 2015. I am only signed up for one race officially. There are a ton of races I want to do and I need to be judicious on what I really want to do because entries are expensive! I want to be able to commit to the races and not end up skipping a bunch which I did a lot last year and this year (though this year wasn’t as bad).

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For now, I am focusing on the 10mile Run to the Brewery which is 45 days away. I have made up my training schedule and am easing myself into it so I don’t do too much too soon and crash and burn. I am scheduled for a 15K next week which I am not prepared for but I can wing easily and just do for fun. SO this is my training schedule for now:

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Do you have any 2015 races planned? 

So, it’s been a month since the NY marathon which, I know, I owe a recap. That race was just so disastrous, I really don’t want to think about it, never mind write about it but I need to.  I need to make my peace with it and then forget it. But now that we’re…

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Long Holiday Weekend & Epi Slim E18+ Review

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Disclaimer: I received an EpilSlim+ e18 by Emoji Inc. in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Ho, ho, ho! It’s December! The last month in 2014. And the month of when I start to pay back my graduate school loans.

Bank: “Happy holidays; give us our money.”
Me: (cries)

Ok, enough with that. How was everyone’s holiday? I needed this long break. The office closed early and at 3 on the nose, it was mass exodus (even if it was only 3 of us). On Thanksgiving we headed up to Boston where Eugene’s grandpa and extended family are. We took the Cross Sound ferry, cutting most of the drive which was nice.

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After stuffing our faces silly, we headed back to NY (that’s right kids, we traveled back on the same day). We spent Friday with my family, stuffing our faces silly again and I got to spend some quality time with Licorice, my first cat.

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The rest of the long weekend was spent just that, resting. I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping (okay, I ordered jeans and shoes online). We did decorate the inside of the house for the holidays. Next weekend we are hopeful to do the outside and buy our tree. We get a real tree-my husband doesn’t like the fake kind. 99.9% of the time, our cats end up in the tree and they end up sticky in sap and smelling like pine.

With the holidays coming up, I was fortunate to receive an EpilSlim+ e18 to try out. The EpilSlim+ e18 is an epilator created by Emjoi Inc., a technological and style leader in personal care, having created innovative personal care and grooming products including electric shavers and epilators over the past 30 years.

Though it’s <winter/del> Fall and my legs are covered more, I still shave. Truth be told though, I can get away with not shaving a few days. Not so much with my armpits. Those babies need it everyday. Which is a pain. The Epi Slim+ e18 is a compact hair remover with 18!! tweezers to erase unwanted hair from the root. It has a patented 3 disc system which makes it extremely comfortable and keeps hair away for up to 6 weeks! Each disc set has one fixed disc and two that open and close gently to assist in skin stretching to increase comfort. The Epi Slim +e18 has 540 strokes per second and its innovative skin technology lifts up and removes hair by gliding the tweezer discs over the skin with less irritation.

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The Epi Slim +e18 is extremely light weight and fits easily and ergonomically in your hand. It’s ideal for all sensitive skin areas: bikini, underarms and face. It requires two AA batteries and is very portable which is ideal for travel – whether long or short. You can throw it in your carry-on or in your suitcase. It really is small and lightweight and won’t take up any room at all.

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Sooo what did I think of it? I thought it was fantastic. I won’t lie, it wasn’t completely pain free (nothing ever is when it comes to hair removal that involves removal from the root) but I did enjoy a few weeks of smooth armpits. Who knows, I probably saved on my water bill, not standing there and painstakingly shaving, letting water go down the drain. When it gets warm, I look forward to using it on my bikini area.

How much does the Epi Slim+ e18 retail for? $34.95! And it being CyberMonday and all, if you use the code: LAST CHANCE you will save 20% plus get free shipping. You can also buy the Epi Slim+ e18 at Walmart, Target and Amazon. The Epi Slim+ e18 makes a great gift for your mom, sister, and best girlfriends. Thanks Emjoi for the Epi Slim+ e18!

Have you ever used an epilator?

Have you ever received one as a gift or would like one? Sound off below!

Disclaimer: I received an EpilSlim+ e18 by Emoji Inc. in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Ho, ho, ho! It’s December! The last month in 2014. And the month of when I start to pay back my graduate school loans. Bank: “Happy holidays; give us our money.” Me: (cries) Ok, enough with…

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I Mustache Ask You Some Questions!

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You might have seen these posts on the interwebs as of late… I wasn’t tagged but I decided to participate on my own anyway. Because why not? I am dork and love these kind of quizzes, surveys, etc… I admittedly am super nosy and like to learn stuff about others. So without further ado…

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Four names that people call me (other than my real name!):

  • Kas
  • Kitten (my husband)
  • Kasy (like at the bat – by my immediate family)
  • KAR (my initials at work, pronounced like the vehicle)

Four jobs I have had:

  • Social work intern
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Writer
  • Christmas/Holiday worker at Bath & Body Works

Four movies I would/have watched more than once:

  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Father of the Bride
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Steel Magnolias

Four books I’d recommend:

  •  Breathe Annie Breathe
  • The Last Train to Babylon
  • Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
  • Any of the Stephanie Plum books

Four places I have lived:

  • Worcester, MA for undergrad
  • Brooklyn, NY, born and raised!!
  • West Babylon, my current home
  • Staten Island, NY

Four places I have been:

  • Curacao – our honeymoon!
  • Ireland
  • London
  • Scotland
  • (And France, okay, okay, that is 5)

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Puerto Rico – I have never been and I am a 100% Puerto Rican!
  • Staten Island, with my family…but soon, soon, on Friday!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Mussels
  • Grapefruit
  • Olives (but I love olive oil)
  • Sushi

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Cheese!
  • Tortilla chips with guac
  • Roasted brussel sprouts
  • Anything my mom makes but especially her lasagna

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • Scandal
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • The Good Wife

Four things I am looking forward to this year (in the next 12 months):

  • Running again! I haven’t run since the marathon.
  • Seeing my bestie who lives far away in Baltimore.
  • Setting a new PR in any distance
  • Possibly starting a family!

Four things I’m always saying:

  • In general: What the damn hell?!
  • On my commute: $@%@8& Long Island Rail Road
  • At work: CIGNA is the worst
  • At home: Magellan!!! (Usually yelling at my cat because he is somewhere he is not supposed to be, i.e., stove, sink, etc.)

Four people I tag: 

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow if you celebrate! XO

You might have seen these posts on the interwebs as of late… I wasn’t tagged but I decided to participate on my own anyway. Because why not? I am dork and love these kind of quizzes, surveys, etc… I admittedly am super nosy and like to learn stuff about others. So without further ado… [source]…

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Zero Runner Review!!

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I’ve only been running since 2012. In those 2 (almost 3, where does the time go?) years, I have run countless races – in 2012, I ran 35 alone. Some of those races were half marathons, others full. And in between there were 5ks, 10ks, and so on and so forth. I have tried to maintain the balance of cross training and running and it has been challenging. The bike was always so boring, as was the elliptical. And they never felt challenging. But of course, I then worried that I would injure myself when I would take a class at the gym. It always felt like I would never find that happy medium.

Enter the Zero Runner – which I really, really want (hint, hint oh wonderful husband of mine!).

Last week, on behalf of FitFluential, I attended an event hosted by Octane Fitness to learn about their newest fitness equipment for runners, the Zero Runner. After studying kinesiology and kinematics and doing tons of research on running biomechanics, Octane Fitness set out to create a machine that could replicate the natural feel and benefits of running, but without the stress and pounding on the joints and knees on the body. The Zero Runner is an interesting piece of equipment – it looks like a treadmill (it is as wide as one) but it is not as long as one. The Zero Runner is also, not a treadmill; it is also not an elliptical. The Zero Runner has bionic legs which enables you to replicate your own running gait – so you use all the same muscles you use when outside, but without the impact to the joints, so running is no longer about beating up the body. The Zero Runner’s bionic legs feature innovative hip and knee joints that enable freedom of movement. And what is pretty neat is that as you use the Zero Runner, the machine is tracking your every step, your form and your gait. That way you remain just as strong and consistent in your gait and stride length on mile 11 as you did on mile 1.

The presentations were given by Olympian Carrie Tollefson and by Octane Fitness’ ambassador, Larry Schmidt. Larry was just a regular guy, who got bit by the running bug. And by regular, I mean, he has completed 83 marathons, over a dozen ultra-marathons, and several Ironman’s including Kona. However, because of the stress running has had on his body, he had become injured – needing a hip and knee replacements. Running caused him pain and he could not run anymore until he discovered the Zero Runner while at the expo for the Boston Marathon and he was able to try it out for himself and then he found he could run for miles and miles and hours without pain. He fell in love with the machine and became so passionate about it that he now works happily for Octane Fitness! He has 2 Zero Runners in his home – he runs on it alongside his wife, also a runner. Carrie Tollefson on the other hand discussed her injuries she had from running and how it impacted her career and how she wished she had something like the Zero Runner to cross train in and continue being in shape, minimizing her injuries. Carrie explained that the Zero Runner keeps people running longer by removing the harmful pounding that can cut short a runner’s longevity.

After the presentation, I was given the opportunity to try out the Zero Runner myself. I was really nervous hopping on – as I would be with any new piece of equipment. But then after a few awkward strides, I found myself getting the hang of it and wham, I was running! It felt like running on air!

And what is really neat about the Zero Runner is that it is cordless – meaning you are the motor – you control how fast or slow you want to go. And because you are the motor and there is no cord, the machine is virtually quiet. So you can get your run on without disrupting anything going on in your home. The Zero Runner has wheels, so it is not hard to move. It weighs about 200lbs and like mentioned earlier, it’s as wide as a treadmill except much shorter. The Zero Runner also has an app called SmartLink where you can choose from a variety of pre-designed workouts and take on new challenges, so you are never ever bored. And the Zero Runner also has its innovative CROSS CiRCUIT program which enables runners to add strength and flexibility training into running workouts so that they can perform better overall, address the weakest link in their running chain and establish muscular balance.

So who is the Zero Runner for? What can the Zero Runner do for you, the runner?

  • The Zero Runner is suitable for: regular exercisers, aspiring or beginning runners, active running enthusiasts, injured runners and aging runners.
  • The Zero Runner provides realistic runs indoors during inclement weather outdoors. This is key as we approach the winter training season!!
  • With no impact, runners feel better and reduce the risk of common overuse injuries.
  • Race prep – The Zero Runner helps runners maximize stamina and decrease repetitive stress — so long runs now can be a combination of miles on the road and indoors.
  • Active recovery – The Zero Runner lets runners replace junk miles on fatigued muscles with quality conditioning.
  • The Zero Runner also features gait tracing so runners can monitor the health of their gait throughout workouts. This way, they can ensure that form isn’t compromised so that they are as strong at mile five as they were at mile one.
  • Runners can train safely to help them ultimately run faster, stronger and longer by incorporating the Zero Runner.
  • Longer career — the Zero Runner keeps people running longer by removing the harmful pounding that can cut short a runner’s longevity.

How much is the Zero Runner? It’s $3,299 – which is expensive, but you are getting a unique, one of a kind, fine piece of equipment that will help transcend you as a runner over the long term. So believe me, it is definitely on my Christmas wish list!

Is the Zero Runner something you would want to try out?

What feature of the Zero Runner do you like best?

Want to connect with Octane Fitness and the Zero Runner? Check them out on social media:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/octanefitness

Twitter: http://twitter.com/octanefitness (#FueledByZero)

Instagram: http://instagram.com/octane_fitness

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Octane Fitness.

I’ve only been running since 2012. In those 2 (almost 3, where does the time go?) years, I have run countless races – in 2012, I ran 35 alone. Some of those races were half marathons, others full. And in between there were 5ks, 10ks, and so on and so forth. I have tried to…

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Drink Your Way Through the Marathon!

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Hi friends!

As you can tell from my last blog post and my twitter/instagram feeds, I love beer. I was introduced to beer by my husband. In college I drank really crappy light beer and hard liquor. You couldn’t get me to touch Guinness with a ten-foot pole. Now? I love to swig back that stuff.

So, with the marathon just a few days away, I present to you, drinking your way through the marathon – when you are not running the marathon. This post is for you spectators who want to experience NYC in a unique and fun way and maybe want to help the local craft scene while waiting for your runner cross the finish line. Note, this is not a comprehensive list – I am sure I am missing lots of fun, unique breweries/microbreweries/gastropubs. So sue me. 

New York City is made up of 5 boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and The Bronx.

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Old map. Same course.

Let’s start where there marathon starts:

Staten Island:

You can get to Staten Island a few ways – through the Verrazano bridge, through the Staten Island ferry from Manhattan, or through New Jersey.

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Either way you go, make your way to The Flagship Brewery, Staten Island’s first local brewery since 1962. Grab yourself a pint of the Flagship American Wit, a delightful light bodied wheat beer. I went to Flagship in July with hubs as my mom lives on Staten Island and the brewery is only 15 minutes away.

From Staten Island, head east to Brooklyn, the land of Kings – true story, Brooklyn is known as Kings County and it is where I was born and raised for 18 years of my life. Back when I was a kid, Williamsburg was dicey and had a bad rap. It is now hipster heaven. You can check out Brooklyn Brewery, which has been a Brooklyn staple since 1996 (I was 11 and still had 10 more years before I was of legal drinking age).

 

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Right now, I am all about pumpkin beers, and Brooklyn’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale, a yummy orange-amber colored beer made with – you guessed it, pumpkins – and it is delicious! Or for you anti-pumpkin beer folk, the Brooklyn Brown ale is exceptional with its roasty flavor.

Other Brooklyn breweries worth checking out:

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Let’s now travel into Queens where there is a huge craft beer scene. I did back one on Kickstarter (Finback Brewery) and have been to one local brewery. I celebrated my 30th birthday at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria.

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I had the Kim Sour Cherry Lagrrr, a refreshing and tart beer which was also pink! Love! You can also check out Rockaway Brewing Company. I haven’t been there in person but I have had a few of their beers during brewfests and they are super tasty.

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From Queens we dip back into Manhattan for a stretch before heading into The Bronx. While there, check out The Bronx Brewery. Grab a pint of Bronx Pale Ale as you cheer runners coming off the Willis Avenue bridge, aka mile 20 in the marathon.

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Finally, runners take the Madison Avenue bridge back into Manhattan toward Central Park, where after they cross the finish, they get one of these beauts:

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Celebrate your runners accomplishment by toasting them with a cold one at one of many of Manhattan’s breweries and microbreweries. One of my favorite places is Heartland Brewery where you can also get yummy food – their veggie burger is one of the best I have ever had. And what is super awesome is that they have locations all over the city. Grab a pint of Smiling Pumpkin Ale or Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout.

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You can also check out Alphabet City Brewing Company whose awesome beers I have had.

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A lot of my friends recommend 508 Gastrobrewery too. And you can also check out The Pony Bar – not a brewer by any means but a bar with a lot of wonderful delicious beer in both Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper East Side.

Like I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a comprehensive list. Just a smattering of what is out there! And if you really want to get your drink on, why not join a Seattle based-running group that drinks on the course while running! Read all about it here.

Are you running this Sunday? What’s your hydration plan? Will you be drinking and running? Or post-race imbibing?

Happy Wednesday!! :)

Hi friends! As you can tell from my last blog post and my twitter/instagram feeds, I love beer. I was introduced to beer by my husband. In college I drank really crappy light beer and hard liquor. You couldn’t get me to touch Guinness with a ten-foot pole. Now? I love to swig back that…

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6 Days, 6 Beers

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Six days until the NYC Marathon! I’m excited and nervous (but any race makes me nervous!). I’m think I am ready. I trained more this time. I have some taper crazies but nothing too bad.

Side note: I also passed my licensing exam for social work so I am going into the marathon with extra confidence!

I have enough gels. I still gotta buy my throwaway clothes (a onesie pj please!) and put my name on my shirt. Hubby bought me new sneakers (the same Saucony Kinvara 4s I trained in) and those are broken in.

So about the 6 beers of this blog post. So yesterday I walked my last long run. Why walk? I was super hungover! Like legit, sick to my stomach throwing up. See a friend of my husband’s turned 30 and his wife threw a party for him at a local bar.

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We went and it was unlimited beers for 3 hours. I got so wrecked; I got home and planned to sleep it off. Except 5am rolled around and my stomach was like NOPE. So I texted my friend telling her I would meet her at the start with her number. Hubs offered to meet her at the train with her number but I couldn’t let her down and I was determined to go. And then I misread the train time and my train was leaving later not earlier. And in true LIRR fashion, the train was late. So by the time I got to the park, the race had started. I was feeling so lousy, I was planning on just going back home but o figured why not just walk the course? I was already there; fresh air is good for the soul, yes? So that I did. I walked. I ran around mile 3 but I felt like throwing up again so I went back to walking.

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Moral of the story: don’t get trashed before a race.

That won’t be happening for the marathon. I’ll be hydrating my butt off.

6 days!!!

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Six days until the NYC Marathon! I’m excited and nervous (but any race makes me nervous!). I’m think I am ready. I trained more this time. I have some taper crazies but nothing too bad. Side note: I also passed my licensing exam for social work so I am going into the marathon with extra…

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Not So Great Gallop & SI Half Recaps

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Hi friends!

The marathon is 19 days away – NINETEEN!! How is that possible? Time is flying by!

I am not terrified. I am not. I promise. Ok maybe a little. ;)

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Training has been ongoing – I had some slipups with the week and a half after my birthday (hardly any running) but things have been kicked back into high gear.

I ran Grete’s Great Gallop which was a fucking disaster. Coming from Long Island into the city is pretty much awful any given day, but it is always worse on the weekends. I had train delays and by the time I was able to get to the park, there was literally a minute left before the gun went off and I still needed to get my bib and drop off my stuff at bag check. I raced to the pickup which was miraculously still open, and threw my stuff at baggage and ran to the back of the corrals. Of course, my legs were shot, having sprinted so much before and so by the time mile 10 came, everything imploded. It was hot, I was tired. I was chafing everywhere – I never had boob chafe before and now it’s like every run. I walked so much of it – those hills in Central Park really wreck your legs. I finished with a God awful time and was devastated by the whole experience. It really made me doubt the marathon coming up.

So, the running Gods were kind to me when it came to the Staten Island half just one week later.

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It was super cold and windy at the start and I was upset that I hadn’t worn more layers. But in the end, I am glad I didn’t. Once I started running, I was plenty warm. I’ve run Staten Island twice before and having lived there, I am really familiar with the course. I stopped to use the porta potties at mile 4 which I think was also mile 11 and while I was using the facility, I heard the cheers of the lead male – I looked at my Bia, it was like 45 minutes in, WHOA. INSANITY.

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Anyway, overall the race went really, really well. I never felt overall tired or out of breath. I took gels at miles 4 and 8. I drank a lot of Gatorade. I had negative splits throughout and just felt really “free.” I tried to slow down as I had 7 miles later on to run, but I just couldn’t slow down – so I just went with it. And you know what, I had an unofficial time of 2:38, which I have not run in ages, so I was really happy with that.

Afterwards, I munched on a bagel, went to my mom’s house which is also on Staten Island, changed, and headed back out to finish up the miles. I ended up doing 22 total and even in those later miles, where I was very tired – it was more just my feet that hurt – not my legs or anywhere else. So overall, I was a happy runner.

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This week is a short week for me – have some stuff to do, one of them being #FitBlogNYC this Thursday, so I am really looking forward to that and seeing some blogger friends.

From last year!

From last year!

This weekend was a big running weekend – Chicago marathon, Army 10 miler, Staten Island half, just to name a few! Did you run this weekend? Sound off below!

Hi friends! The marathon is 19 days away – NINETEEN!! How is that possible? Time is flying by! I am not terrified. I am not. I promise. Ok maybe a little. Training has been ongoing – I had some slipups with the week and a half after my birthday (hardly any running) but things have…

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[REVIEW] The Fitness Games!

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Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The FitnessGames through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Lately things have been busy – really busy. I’ll be typing like mad at work, yelling at insurance companies for wronging my clients and before I know it, it’s the late afternoon and I have will have missed my usual gym class. When I don’t get to go to a class, I usually hit the trusted treadmill for a couple of miles. But as much as I love to run, I also end up missing the burpees, squat jacks, and mountain climbers that I would do in a class. And I would miss working out with my gym-friends who, by simply being int he class and working hard, would inspire me to push harder.

I was given the opportunity to try  The FitnessGames which is an app for both Android and iPhone. The FitnessGames is a premiere fitness app that combines fitness, social media, and gaming and takes it to a whole ‘nother level. The FitnessGames takes exercise and turns it into a game.

Through the app, you can challenge anyone, anywhere, to any type of workout – it can be friend or you can challenge a stranger or asked to be challenged. The app has a variety of workouts – cardiovascular, cross training, full body and strength that you can choose from. Everything is tracked in live-time via GPS. The workouts are designed by The FitnessGames‘ very own personal trainers.


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Initially I challenged just myself to try out the workouts on my own – I wasn’t expecting anything too difficult.

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How hard can The FitnessGames be??

Boy was I wrong! These workouts are intense! And if you don’t understand how to do something – no worries – there are detailed instructions and images/videos on how to do each move.

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Finally, another SweatPink Ambassador, Rebecca of Flex and Shout Fitness challenged me.

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(Image courtesy of Rebecca of Flex and Shout Fitness)

As you can see, I did not win. But that’s okay – because just being challenged motivated me to try harder and go faster. Each category operates on a unique scoring system that was carefully designed to determine how hard the user exercised to determine the winner of each match-up. Points earned during challenges can be used to level up in The Fitness Games as well as unlock free workouts! All workouts performed are tracked, scored, and saved  so the user can see their progress over time. How awesome is that?  It is also really fun going through the feed and seeing how other SweatPink Ambassadors did. Very motivating!

Some other cool features of The FitnessGames:

  • Personal trainers can send their clients uniquely crafted workouts via our “Create Your Own Workout” feature and track their progress remotely.
  • Each user has their own “My Profile Page” where they are encouraged to post fitness pictures and videos and other users are able to post comments.
  • A News Feed called “My Feed”, will be available for you to browse recent pictures and videos posted by your friends. Users will also have the ability to track the activity of their closest friends by liking, commenting, and following.
  • Users have access to over 50 carefully designed workouts or they can create their own workout with our easy to use system by choosing
    from over 250 exercises, each with instructional pictures and videos.
  • The app encourages gym selfies! With the Gym Selfie button you can quickly take a selfie in two clicks! The camera will already be facing you when you hit this button.
  • Our Rankings Page will feature local and international rankings by challenges won and experience points.
  •  Cardio category includes GPS tracking and connection with friends local or international and in real time! (watch them running with you on your phone)
  • The Fitness Games lets you see the most inspiring and popular fitness content on the ”Popular Photos and Videos” page.

Overall I really enjoyed this app and encourage you to give it a try – it is free for both Android and iPhone users.  I will definitely be incorporating this app into my daily routine more and more, especially on the days that I end up at the gym and cannot make it to a class. :)

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Spread The Fitness Games love on Twitter! Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The FitnessGames through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own. Lately things have been busy – really busy. I’ll be typing like mad at work, yelling at insurance companies for wronging my clients…

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Priorities Shmriorities

Healthy Living | Weight | Weight Loss 143 Comments

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My husband said to me recently, “Things aren’t hard. Things are just not a priority.”

This really resonated with me.  And it was like a wake up call. I’ve allowed for things to happen, old habits to come back, cut myself too much slack, and what has happened? The scale is up – weight I lost has come back and my jeans are getting too tight for my own comfort.

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And denial is just that denial. But denying it does not change the facts.

And I want instant results – like diet a week, and bam! a million pounds gone. But that shit doesn’t happen – only on TV. DAMN YOU TV. :)

So, I am going back to writing what I ate – every morsel, every crumb. I am also fixing my allotment of calories that I am going to eat. 1200. This is what I did when I first got on this journey and is what worked for me. And no My Fitness Pal. I think that allowed me to be lackadaisical. I think actually writing it down – physically, in a little notebook I have with me, makes me more cognizant of what I am shoving in my mouth.  I will go back to measuring things out to determine portion.

Social exchange theory (let me get all social-worky on you) dictates that social behavior is the result of an exchange process. The purpose of this exchange is to maximize benefits and minimize costs. According to this theory, people weigh the potential benefits and risks of social relationships. When the risks outweigh the rewards, people will terminate or abandon that relationship.

I am going to apply this to dieting/healthy living/weight loss. This is going to suck but the rewards will outweigh the costs.  I am just tired of feeling shitty and sluggish and not having my clothes fit right anymore.

Today is DAY ONE – I can do this! I did this before. I have the tools. It’s just putting the tools to work, right?

On happier notes, my training for the marathon is ongoing and I have 15 miles on tap with the Hamptons Half this weekend. Afterwards, I plan on going apple picking! And it was just my birthday – the big THREE OH. And I decided to give myself a boost and chopped off my hair!

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I know lots of people get all !!!! with pixie, so I plan on doing a whole post on this topic this week.

Shana Tova to those who observe and all others, happy Thursday!

My husband said to me recently, “Things aren’t hard. Things are just not a priority.” This really resonated with me.  And it was like a wake up call. I’ve allowed for things to happen, old habits to come back, cut myself too much slack, and what has happened? The scale is up – weight I…

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As Many Noms As Possible – AMRAP Bar Review!

Fitness | Healthy Eats | Healthy Living | Reviews 47 Comments

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitApproach on behalf of AMRAP. As always, all opinions are my own.

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With my commute plus my active lifestyle as a runner and general consumer who cares about their health, I am always looking for fuel that is clean, non-processed, and real. I am always seeking out for something specific for after my workout when I want to eat all the things but don’t want to negate my hard work. I am not a juice or shake kind of gal and I always want something with more substance to it.  Usually I reach for a bar and I have tried lots of different bars that are out their on the market – from Lara Bars to Think Thin to Gnu to Clif. But I always feel like I am missing something from them – they’re too processed or teeny tiny and done after two bites and not at all satisfying.

AMRAP (“As Many Rounds As Possible”) creates food that is 100% gluten free, GMO-free, unprocessed, and 100% Paleo.  That food – their bars – are generally recommended as a meal supplement or replacement and as a pre or post-workout snack, are a researched based combination of good proteins and carbs.

I was given the chance to try out AMRAP’s new bar-line which came in delectable flavors such as Almond Honey, Cashew Vanilla, and Fig and Cacao.

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  • The Almond Honey Bar contains sea salt, cinnamon, and raw honey that work together to provide essential micro minerals to rebalance electrolytes, limit rises in blood sugar, and maintain glycogen levels that improve athletic recovery time.


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  • The Cashew Vanilla Bar has egg whites that are packed with protein to increase muscle mass while cashews and coconut work together to help to maximize energy, aid in muscle synthesis, and provide you with macronutrients.

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  • The Fig and Cacao bar promotes cardiovascular health and has high fiber content, and is rich in phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. Dates and cocao also work together to remove free radicals and reduce inflammation.

I tried two of the bars post-workout and one prior. I found that the bars really helped me feel satiated and energized throughout my workouts and after. I wasn’t hungry, hungry, hungry after finishing my workout and eating the bars. I wasn’t at the fridge trying to figure out what I could eat that was a) nutritionally dense and b) would negate all my work.

Of all 3 flavors, the Almond and Honey was my favorite. Like I could eat it all day, every day and not complain. I was sad when I finished it. But the other 2 flavors, Vanilla Cashew and Fig and Cacao were pretty tasty too!

Here are the nutritional figures for each AMRAP bar:

Cashew Vanilla

Cashew Vanilla

Fig Cacao

Fig Cacao

Almond Honey

Almond Honey

I won’t lie, at first I was a little sticker shocked as I count calories but you know what they say – all calories are not equal. Your body metabolizes calories differently – 50 calories from candy is different from 50 calories of almonds or vegetables. And you’re not getting junk with AMRAP.

Want to try these awesome bars yourself? AMRAP is giving a not 1 BUT 3 boxes  (8 bars per box)! That is 3 lucky readers – you just need to enter below:

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What flavor would you be most willing to try? Have  you heard of AMRAP?

Sound off below and GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitApproach on behalf of AMRAP. As always, all opinions are my own. With my commute plus my active lifestyle as a runner and general consumer who cares about their health, I am always looking for fuel that is clean, non-processed, and real. I am always seeking out for…

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