#50DaysFit Day 5 Update!

Day 1 – To be fair, I wasn’t very healthful on Day 1, I started off my morning with a twinkie of all things. But then I also completed around 46 minutes of a workout DVD (it was the whole workout) – which amounted to 3 miles.

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Day 2 – I’ve done workout’s before, so I don’t know why I somehow fooled myself into thinking that the second workout would be easier then the first. It so was not. I felt so sore, I was moving like a slug. I had to stop to grab water twice. I don’t know why, but when I’m doing a relatively simple workout I feel like stopping is cheating – which I know is ridiculous, but I somehow feel that I have to push myself really hard or I won’t see results. Still I completed all three miles – even if I did finish it dripping sweat and a lovely color purple.

Day 3 – I skipped the workout and went shopping with my family. It was a whole day affair that included TONS of walking and carrying heavy bags. We were out for 7 to 8 hours, which were mostly spent on our feet. I bought a new coat, a couple of Valentine’s Day gift bag, I also came to the realization that I was in desperate need of a new pair of shoes. I ordered these online, but had a chance to try them in the store, they had a comfortable amound of arch support and I liked the way they were secure but had room in the front. These are the Reebok  Women’s ZigKick Ride Running Athletic Shoe in Grey/Yellow:
Reebok Zigkick Sneakers
Day 4 – Sunday! Sunday is the day of rest. Honestly, I had planned to get in some walking but I was pretty exhausted. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t feel a twinge of guilt for not doing anything fitness related but I was really tired and really needed a rest.

Day 5 – I started this morning off with an early walk (yes, through the snow), and then did the last 2 miles of my 3 mile fitness walk with High Intensity Interval Training. I figured the first mile tends to be more of a warm up and the last two miles is where the heart pumping fun comes in ;)

And that’s it! That’s my five day update of #50DaysFit – I’m actually and very much surprisingly enjoying it, and I’m 1/10th of the way through! I haven’t done much in the way of changing my eating habits, but it’s on my mind and I have made a bit more of an effort to drink more water, especially during my workout. I’m also really looking forward to my new pair of sneakers! Are you making any fitness or health related changes? Let me know in the comments below, especially if you’ve got any tips or know of any great exercises I should try!

Fifty Days of Fitness Challenge! #50DaysFit

One of my new years resolution was to get a bit more healthier and more fit in 2014. It’s been a goal of mine forever, but I’ve finally and seriously resolved to do it. To keep myself on track I created the 50 Days of Fitness Challenge!
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Basically, the challenge is to do at least one thing a day that contributes to a healthier, fitter, lifestyle. For instance, swapping soda for water. I love love love soda, and while I only drink diet I know it’s not all that good for me. Another example is doing a half hour to an hour of cardio – ideally I’d like to be able to do this all fifty days of the challenge. However, I’m approaching this challenge with a more realistic outlook – I usually spend my weekends running around, so either I get my workout on the go or I’ll have to find another way to make the day productive (in terms of the challenge).

I’d love for you all to join me! You can grab the button below if you have a blog or tweet along on the #50DaysFit hashtag with any bit of motivation or tips, favorite fitness links, your personal fitness progress – just throw them my way! I’ll be posting an update every five days as well as any relevant reviews – I just bought this new workout DVD, so I will definitely be posting about that soon! 50 Days of Fitness starts today (1/30/14) and ends on March 21st, but feel free to jump in whenever!

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Summer, SOYJOY, and a Giveaway!

About a year ago I was introduced to the SOYJOY bar- and since then I’ve been a massive fan. Gluten free, and absolutely delicious- I always have one hidden inside my purse in case I’m in need of a snack or, as my little sister puts it, a “knosh”.

This summer I was super busy. Between my first (huge) blogging conference, picnicking with my family, going on long walks, and general summer activities I was on my feet and moving around a lot. And more often than not, when I was in need of a snack SOYJOY was my first choice.

Because they’re baked with real fruit and ground whole soy- whose nutrients provide sustained energy to keep hunger in check between meals- SOYJOY bars are a healthy, portable snack that can fit into any healthy diet. They now come in 7 yummy flavors: Apple Walnut, Berry, Banana, Blueberry, Mango Coconut, Pineapple, and Strawberry- my personal favorites are Strawberry and Berry!

The texture of these bars is unlike any other bar that I’ve tried. Most bars have a sticky sort of honey and nut consistency. But the SOYJOY bars have a dense, moist, soft cookie texture (if that makes sense) – which tastes amazing! I was curious about how the bars were made so I went on over to the SOYJOY website and happily discovered that SOYJOY is pretty transparent on the nutritional facts, benefits, and process of making their bars. Here’s what I found about how the bars are cooked up:

Now, I’ve had a pretty darn SOYJOYous summer. I mean these bars have provided much needed sustenance for me and my family on more than one occasion- and now SOYJOY wants to provide one of my lucky readers with their own SOYJOY prize pack! Here’s a pic of everything the winner will receive:

The SOYJOY Prize Pack will include:

- Each of the 7 SOYJOY Flavors

- Pair if SOYJOY Sunglasses

- SOYJOY Blanket

- SOYJOY Cooler

- Recipe card with a refreshing fruit smoothie recipe

Want a chance to add some JOY to your life? Then click the image below to be taken to the rafflecopter form!

*Disclosure: I received a product in order to conduct this review/giveaway. This is a US only giveaway, open to those 18+ at the time of entry.

Playing Football on Top of the World and Making it Epic : My Zamzee Review

This summer the whole family has spent a boatload of time being active outdoors. But getting out and about while the sun is blazing is never an easy task. In fact, most kids (and adults) would prefer to spend their time chilling in a room being blasted with air conditioner. But to get the kids- and by kids I mean my awesome younger sibs who will be hereafter known as Juliet and Shawn- excited about moving I turned to Zamzee!

What is Zamzee? The Zamzee is a meter that measures physical activity, and works with the website to monitor and provide kids with an interactive online experience that makes moving a fun and rewarding activity. Which basically means that your kids (or nieces, nephews, younger siblings, etc.) get a meter, join the Zamzee website, create a profile and avatar, wear their meter, track their progress, and can actually earn rewards towards cool prizes!

Juliet and Shawn were really excited about their Zamzee’s- and had a blast creating their avatar’s. Minutes after opening the package, we had their accounts successfully set up and their Zamzee’s fully running- which I was really pleased about. If you’ve ever struggled with removing a Barbie from her box on Christmas morning, or pulled out your hair over complicated packaging, start-up instructions, or a million get started steps, then you can understand how invaluable a really easy seamless set up is.

I really wish I had one of these as a kid! Juliet and Shawn insist all the time now for me to take them out to the library or park, and to sign them up for challenges, and upload their Zamz. They are determined to score something really cool from the Zamz store!

Zamzee was established in 2010 by HopeLab, a nonprofit research organization that uses the power and appeal of technology to improve the health of kids. The goal for Zamzee was to create a profitable business, while also achieving their social mission of getting kids and families moving more. Zamzee targets an audience of kids mainly between the ages of 9 to 15 – that rough spot where physical activity begins to decline, and kids are forming lifelong habits.

Click the image above for access to my Zamzee Britely book!

I really admire the idea of a company whose product is designed around an admirable social goal. I’ve found that the Zamzee’s appeal to the competitive and fun-seeking nature of kids. They want to run more, they want to go out, and they want to work towards their own goals. Here’s what Shawn and Juliet had to say about the Zamzee meters:

Juliet:

“I liked it because I got to customize my avatar, and when I exercise I’m working towards getting something. I also like that you can get awards and become “friends” with other kids on the Zamzee site- what can I say? I’m a social butterfly!”

Shawn:

“I like the rewards, it gives you something to work towards. I also like making Whamz whenever I upload my points- you can make really cool ones like ‘Football on top of the world and making it epic’.”

The Zamzee is definitely the most favorite accessory in my home right now. I would definitely recommend as a birthday, or Christmas present, or even as a tool to start getting your kids excited about moving!

For more information about the Zamzee, their history, and how it works – click here! You can also follow them on facebook or twitter. If you have any questions about the Zamzee or our experience with the Zamzee- feel free to leave a comment below, I promise I’ll answer ASAP!

Update: The super kind folks at Zamzee are now offering a discount code to my readers (that’s you!) that will take 25% off your Zamzee purchase on the website! Just use the code “LUVZZ2012″ at checkout!

*Disclaimer: I received two Zamzee’s to review. No other compensation was provided. My opinions are always my own, if I didn’t love it I would blog about it – for more info on that check out my PR tab above. Thank you!