Dear November,

Happy Sunday Evening! 

Just a quiet evening here of prepping for the week and some self-care to get me ready to have an amazing week!

Preparation is key! 

#thatisall

#haveabeautifulnight

#nameste

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Perfectly Imperfect Race Day –10K YAY #RunningOnTheWall — Halloween Edition

Happy Saturday & Happy Halloween! 

Today… I got up early (4:30, but with the time Falling Back tonight that 4-5 AM wake-up is going to feel like 3 AM!

I already had my running clothes laid out the night before. But, wait where is my SHOE!

Hobbling around room in the dark, one shoe on, turn on the lights, still can’t find it, (note to self today is the day to clean my bedroom…thoroughly!) My running shoe is MIA! so my old, old, shoes had to make due! 

This Virtual Race Day was not off to a great start. at least I looked cute this morning. Super Cute Hat with my Running on The Wall Gear (my camera on this old phone I’m using, is pathetic! For real the camera is so bad, it’s enough to make me cry!) I didn’t even really realize that it was Halloween, until I was done with my race (people were in costumes and I really wasn’t paying attention lol) …YES MY RACE WAS on a treadmill! I was extremely grateful, that I just had to jump in my car and go to the gym!!! I am loving the Virtual Race aspect of this as well as my monthly commitment to it.

However, the treadmill shut off like 3 times and re-started my time/pace/distance. So, all my race time is iffy I know Jogged/Walked under a Hour and a half. And, that’s all I need to know really! My only competition is myself and right now my GOALS are setting the bar and work on self-improvement…everyday!

Distance… I kept track of with my phone and about 99,9% sure I got the distance right.

However, in my heart ❤ I did the best I could! As far as distance, (may be a little sore, but not too bad.) I have completed a 5K and now 10K. And, feeling more comfortable to really start my “training and work on getting BETTER! Also, I know I have been working on this for years, but getting OUTSIDE and running, I am in the perfect time of year for this. Summer, I have the worst allergies and running in heat is harder for me.

Confession: I had the flu for two weeks +, this is my first real week back to feeling like myself and so no real training was performed! I did yoga when I could and practiced lots and lots of Self-Care.

I did way better than I expected, my time flew by fast, my body felt OK, I did the whole marathon more like a HIIT running/walking. With a couple longer jogs. The treadmill was fine today.

My goal for next month is to do my race outside! And, focus on real training.

Does anyone want to Virtual Race with me?!?!? If so sign up for November on Running on the Wall!

Cold Weather tips and favorite things (like shoes that don’t get wet,) would be graciously appreciated!!! 

One More Thing!!! I have a awesome GIVEAWAY  with 5 days left to enter! 

You can also enter to win Here!

OK, Two more things! I forgot to add my Overnight Chia Pudding recipe that was my before and after meal before my own race today!

My Overnight Chia Pudding! 

  • One Banana Smashed
  • 2 TBSP Mighty Nut Powered Peanut Butter Protein Don’t forget to enter giveaway! HERE! 
  • 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds (fold in)
  • I use Almond Milk, whatever you like/use will be fine about 4- 8 oz. (depending on how thick you like your Chia Pudding.)
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract.
  • Dash Cinnamon and Turmeric
  • Top with Blueberries and Toasted Coconut just for fun!
  • Added Blueberries + Coconut in the morning

Anyways, even if it was a 10K walk/run it is still a success!!!

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

Snack Attack + Giveaway — With — @gomightynut #eatmighty #sweatpink

Happy Thursday! #TGIT (THANK GOD IT’S Thursday!)

Side Note:

I’ve been away from technology, (not particularly by choice!) however, here for a brief moment, I stayed as far away as possible, because nothing seemed to work quite right! Much needed… now that “break” is now officially over! And I am just totally inspired to really get back into the “life groove” again! The personal work, that I have been doing ON & FOR myself has been well worth the “life interruption,” that came with my technological challenges lately! There is a lot more personal issues involved as well, but that’s for a much later date, because I am on track again and loving life a little more each day! I am MOVING FORWARD and spending a lot of time working on gratitude, true gratitude, and it’s literally life changing. 

One thing I have been doing lately, is really being true to eating clean! When I fall off the wagon, I fall off the wagon. However, ever since my trip to Seabrook for my retreat. I have been excelling at this area. I have been very, very mindful about what I eat and what I put into my body. Really paying attention to when I am “really” hungry. And, watching out for when I am HANGRY! I’m not kidding this a real thing,and for someone like me, who experiences Binges, it’s best that I not get “Hangry!”

Thus….

I’ve been really good about my meal planning, prep, and having plenty of snack’s on hand! 

The two flavor’s I received from http://www.mightynut.com/ Vanilla and The Regular PB flavor are fantastic! They’re like a million uses for them. I was really happy that everything cooked with the powders, turned out excellent!

And, it adds to and blends well with coffee (my #1 thing I use to choose my protein,) for a quick on the go, yummy coffee with protein has always been one of my favorite post workout snacks.

Green Smoothie’s that taste like PB Cups is always a win!

Super Easy Recipe:My  PB Cup Smoothie

  • Almond Milk 8 Oz.
  • 2 TBSP Organic Cacao Powder
  • 2-4 Handfuls of Greens.
  • Dash Cinnamon & Turmeric
  • 2 Scoops Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Powder.

Any Kind of veggies or even Apple slices are great with the PB Powder.

The possibilities are endless!!! 

Giveaway through Rafflecoptor opens at Midnight PST tonight 10/29 Enter Here or Here or by Mobile Here to win your choice of flavor for one bottle with a scoop. 

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  • U.S. only
  • One prize per person. If your winner has already won through another SPA’s giveaway, we will ask you to select another winner. We suggest including this disclosure in your post:

One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Mighty Nut through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. 

Come back for more recipes and more chances to enter, until the winner of the Giveaway is chosen! 

Hint: Tomorrow’s recipe is for a Chia Pudding. 🙂

Have a recipe? Add it for extra entries!

Disclaimer: I was paid a fee and given two bottles of Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Powder, but the opinions are my own! And I actually like this product…a LOT! #AD 

One more time! ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE 

Completely Random Saturday’s — Coffee Talk — Running, Yoga, and Healing

Good Morning & Happy Saturday! 

Day Before, my Virtual 5K with Running On The Wall. 

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This is my Swag! Love it ALL! OMG those sandals are to die for. And the shirt is so soft and perfectly fit. But I will tell you more after my virtual race tomorrow. Sunday Runday’s are on a big-time comeback for me.

Long story short + *disclaimer I was offered a chance to run a Virtual Race a month, tell about it for a sawg pack like posted the above, once a month for a year. (Can I get a heck YES?!) Talk about some running motivation! This opportunity came to me last weekend at the Seabrook Retreat, during my brief spot of internet, after a horrid attempt at a run. What really stood out to me was the thought, perfect timing! because, I had actually cried after a asthma attack at the beginning of a beach run. I made it to top of steps and kept on going back to the house to get calm, I didn’t think to bring a inhaler, I have only had a asthma attract a couple times in my life. And, this was  at the very beginning of the workout. (TOTALLY WILL HAVE A POST ON SEABROOK with For The Glow….It was an amazing, life-changing trip that deserves a whole blog post for itself, just like my Running recap will be tomorrow!) 

To add to that *Disclaimer, all opinions are my own. I would totally do this, get a bunch of friends from all over the world, to Virtually race with me. With that amazing quality of “Swag” involved and it’s cheaper than a real race and if the weather does not cooperate and you can sort of pick your own date close to that of the event time.

And then I cried, and cried, and cried, in a nice warm shower. It wasn’t just the attack, it was the fact I gave up and I really need to make running and consistently running back in my life.

So, I seen the opportunity to run a virtual race and commit for a year…. I was all over that…. DONE! It said run, walk or crawl! So, my first race will be my starting point basically!

Oh man, it looks beautiful out, but Oh man, my allergies really “turned on” this morning. I am really contemplating the weekly allergies shots. It feels like every season is a season that I have a different allergy.

So, for me “right now” running outdoors is what completely flares my allergies up is out of the question. It sucks because it would be optimal outside running weather! (Shhhhh I am a fair weather runner!) Lucky for me, that’s exactly why I joined the gym!

And, the beauty of a Virtual 5K!

I just got done doing something totally crazy…

Ready for it…

I did my “own” yoga workout early this A.M. No planning ,just flowing this morning. Giving lots of extra attention to what I have been working on healing and stretching what needs to be stretched. I finished…..

… and I just sat there. And, then I meditated for a while no time limit, just until I felt like stopping… and felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, that I just did something very special for myself.

I have not done that in a long time. My body is so happy right now.

I truly believe that everyone should take their yoga & meditation practice HOME with them!

Also, side note I had to get in and get some Spa Time at Espri Corps Ame’ I told her what hurts where, and had the most AMAZING Massage, and then did an AMAZING Infrared Sauna treatment. Another light-bulb moment from Seabrook, I needed to fix my back and hips AND clear out my lungs or I won’t have any good workouts!

Now I have no plans today except cleaning in my PJ’s! Yes, I took a shower and put new PJ’s on, because … it’s freakin Saturday! It’s my planning day and R & R “personal” spa day.

Anyways, gonna enjoy me some “Wonderful Saturday!” 

Have a BLESSED DAY,

Laurie~*

Try It Thursday — Bulu Box #LoveBulu + Discount Code

HAPPY THURSDAY! 

Ohh I woke up sore this morning! Great workout last night! I made it to Seattle and went to a For The Glow workout the night before. Today, I venture down to Seabook for my fitness retreat. I planned on working out and taking off from there, but after I hit snooze for the last time, I read the email (wish I would of seen it last night!) that we are not leaving until later. but. I’m up and ready to “get after it!”

What I am loving right now…

Bulu Box! 

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I was so excited to get this baby in the mail

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How does Bulu Box work? 

1. TRY SAMPLES

You’ll LOVE discovering new products, but just as important as finding your new healthy faves is seeing which products don’t work for you.

Try 4-5 samples based on your profile before buying full-size so you don’t waste your money.

2. EARN POINTS

Speaking of money, want some more? Each month you can earn up to 100 Rewards Points (that’s $10!) just for subscribing and sharing your thoughts. Log in to your account to fill out your sample surveys about the products you just tried.

3. CASH OUT

Once you’ve earned Rewards Points you can use them like actual cash towards a full-size purchase of your new favorite product. Some Bulugans even get their order completely free! How many points can you rack up?

My Review: I loved every product in my Bulu Box. It was like getting a present. And, it will be like getting a present every month.  found some new products that I absolutely love and get with a chance to try them out first, before spending a fortune on something you end up that doesn’t taste good or something that I just do not like! (Common we have all done It!) I researched the products that I received and everything was up to my standards.

This is especially helpful, to those who do not live in big cities with a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I have a local health food store and they are going to be getting in the Runa Tea for me. I really liked it.

Also, included in the box is coupons for the products!

*Full disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post. My opinions are my own. I received a box from BuluBox to try out, fell in love ,and I will be continue the monthly service. I love finding new healthy stuff to try! I am so happy with what I received and look forward to my next box!

Want to give Bulu Box a try?

Check out their website (here)

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Discount!!!  Discount Code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription!

Question

Have you ever tried Bulu Box? What did you think? Going to give Bulu Box a try? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Laurie~

Workout Wednesday — Seattle — Fitness Retreat

Happy Wednesday!

Don’t Ever Give Up (EVER)

Today is my weekend! I am waiting for my clothes to dry, so I can take off to Seattle for the night and then, take off in the AM to the Ocean in Seabrook with For The Glow, at The Seabrook Cottage Rentals, with my personal trianer and #GlowGirl sisters.So, going to a free workout in Seattle with the girls am and I am so stoked, I actually lost weight leading up to this and broke my “Plateau Weight!” I have more work to do, when it come to being back at 100% physical recovery and getting in shape again. FYI running isn’t exactly like riding a bike! I am starting over in that department, and still trying to get my hips to adjust to running again. So, I’ve worked out, but I have been doing all my workouts that with help me not hurt me!

However, I am gonna be doing lots of great workouts and eating completely clean! This is a really long drive for me to do alone. It’s weird, but I’ve been married so long I’m so used to my husband doing all the long distance driving!

I’m gonna take my time, spend tonight with Family (to break up the drive) and go to a workout event in Downtown Seattle. If you are in Seattle ask me more details! It’s free and TONIGHT!

I am not even sure if I will have internet or cell service when I get to the retreat. Either way, I can get some work done if I do have internet, and if I don’t have internet, I am just going to enjoy it!

Anyways, I’ve gotta get moving! It’s gonna be a long trip and lots of fun! I can’t wait to share more!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

XOXO,

Laurie~