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It’s time to Yoga (or just get moving!)

After several days of restful vacation (one very ungraceful fall down the stairs in the pool), it’s time for the Husband and I to get back into the swing of things. As I have told you before, we are planners so the workouts get scheduled as well. Let me tell you what I’m up to this week!

Monday – Took Maggie for a short walk to ease back in.

Can't we just stay on the couch?

Can’t we just stay on the couch?

Tuesday – Still recovering from pain in my hip and derriere so it was another Maggie walk. 2.5 miles today

Wednesday – Trying out a new Yoga studio. I won a free month of yoga a while back (almost two months) and I still haven’t used it. I can’t wait to get in there and stretch everything out. I’ll have to let you know how everything goes

Thursday – Looks like this is my running day this week. I kind of fell off the running track after the BolderBoulder but I’m ready to get going again. I have a feeling that this will be slow… very slow.

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Friday – Quick Fitness Blender in the morning and a dog walk.  Have you seen these people on YouTube?  Really liking the format.

Saturday – TRAVEL DAY. Heading to Chicago for a few days. Hopefully the hotel I’m at has a workable gym.

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As you can probably tell, I’ve noticed that my clothes are tighter than I’d like (and it’s not the washer/dryer’s fault) and I don’t want anyone to see me in a swimsuit. I’m ready to get my act together and shed my extra layer. Hopefully I can keep you posted with some positive progress. Definitely not a weight loss blog but I feel that professing things out loud helps me to focus.

Any tips for mixing up your workouts?

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I’m feeling good! (GIVEAWAY!)

About two weeks ago, I started the GoodBelly 12 Day Challenge.  For those of you who have never heard of GoodBelly, they are Dairy Free Probiotic drinks.  The line of products offers everything from your morning juice to a probiotic shot that includes your daily multivitamin.  Before attending the GoodBelly Happy Hour, I had seen probiotics but had never used any.  Essentially, your body carries around a lot of bacteria, some good and some bad.  The GoodBelly products attempt to get rid of any bad bacteria and replace it with the good stuff.  It’s all about balance!

I am always skeptical of anything that isn’t already in my meal or nutrition plan but I thought I would try it out.  Throughout the 12 days, I went through some bouts of unpleasantness and bloating.  I started to watch what I was eating and drinking and how close I was doing that to taking the probiotic.  Once I found my rhythm, things went a lot easier.  It seems the better I ate, the easier things went.  Definitely kept me honest on my planned menu for the week.  Straying on junk generally caused a stomach ache.

So in hindsight, how am I feeling?  Well, we actually bought GoodBelly to keep in our fridge for maintenance.  I felt a little better, seemed a little easier to get up in the morning, and I had a little more color in my face.  As I am no nutritionist, if you are unsure of how you will be affected my probiotics, you may want to check with a professional.  For me, I definitely think that this is something that will be working for me for a while!

Now to the good stuff.  GoodBelly wants you to feel good too!  One winner will win enough vouchers to participate in the 12 day challenge.

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me which flavor you want to try!

Bonus entries:

1. Follow me on twitter @kemerselis and leave a comment telling me you did!

2. Like me on facebook here and leave a comment telling me you did!

Thanks to GoodBelly for sponsoring this giveaway!

This contest closes on Saturday and I will annouce a winner next week!  Good luck

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Rise and Shine!!

It’s Tuesday which means that it’s not Monday.  I think that is a major reason to celebrate. 

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I’ve got a handful of days left to get myself out and running before the 5k.  Definitely think I will be falling in the walking category for most of it but I will be happy to put an official 5k behind me.  I’m up to running about 1.5 miles without needing to walk.  I hope I can keep keep this up

So I just hit submit!

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Here we go!  Goal set, credit card charged, no turning back!

I’m wondering, any advice for first time runners?

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A little late to the party

I alluded last week to a fitness challenge that I have planned for the month of July. I definitely need a goal to keep myself moving so here it is!

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I plan on doing 100 miles of fitness miles in the month of July. Between the last push for training for my first 5k, walking the dog, biking with the husband, and hiking in Boulder this is definitely a very doable goal. I have been down and out for the better part of the last month, feeling run down and congested. No better way to get back on it then to set some health and fitness goals.

To kick things off, we biked 13.6 miles this morning before it got hot.  I also did a jog/walk of about 2 miles.  My GPS crapped out on me but that is my best guess.  I also have 2 miles of mild walking while I was still getting over this sinus business.  So far, the total is 17.6 miles!

On top of the mileage goal, I also plan on eating better, drinking more water, and taking my vitamins! More details to come!  If I stick to it, I will owe myself a treat at the end of the month!  I’m thinking mani/pedi.  If you want to track your mileage and share, let me know!

I’m wondering, how do you keep yourself on track?

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Thank you, GoodBelly!

Last night I had the privelege of attending the GoodBelly Happy Hour with some friends and local bloggers.  The event was taking a place a block away from work and conveniently placed to avoid the impending chores that come with packing the car for a road trip.  Wish I had taken more photos (isn’t that always the truth!) with the people at the event…

I had heard of GoodBelly probiotics in the past but had not really had the opportunity to try them out.  I am happy to find that they have dairy free options as there are plenty of yogurts in my life right now.  I can always use a new morning juice or a quick afternoon snack.

Thankfully, the GoodBelly team was able to provide us with mocktails and information and I actually left with more knowledge than I expected.  Did you know that you carry around 6 pounds of bacteria?  Amazing, no?  I was also provided with some awesome local goods and a very comfortable sweatshirt.  I will be trying their 12 day challenge as soon as I am off antibiotics (not really interested in that chemical reaction) and writing a review.  Stay tuned!

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Just popping in

So it’s been over a week and I still feel like garbage…  I was so tired of being sick last night that  I sat on the couch and cried into my chicken noodle soup.  The Husband felt bad because there was nothing he more he could do.  I am so ready to feel better.  I want to move again and feel active however I am so congested that I have to catch my breath after walking up a few flights of stairs from the car.  I feel pathetic and I am ready to move on.  I also want to get back on my running plan so that I can actually run a 5k in a month!

It also doesn’t help that we have had triple digit heat outside and goosebump inducing cold inside my office.  I sat outside for 15 minutes yesterday just trying to get my internal temp up.  I suppose that the freezing temps inside are probably not helping my sinuses at all.  At least I have more soup for lunch (thanks, Husband!) so I will be able to warm up.  I definitely think that this was the best soup we have made.  I can’t taste the entire spectrum of flavors but I was impressed.  We may have a high of 105 degrees today but I am eating soup!

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Where do you find your motivation when you are sick?

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In a hurry?

I feel like all week I have been rushing around like a crazy person.  We haven’t really done a great job of taking care of ourselves while we have been recovering from whatever has us down.  I do know that tonight will be resting!

One of the nice things that I came across while at the Blend Retreat was Core Power Protein drink!  That have several flavors and throughout the course of the weekend I was able to try 3 of them!

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These were great after our hike of the Royal Arch.  I generally don’t have high expectations for these kinds of drinks and I was blown away!  It was sweet without being too sweet, it was rich, and it actually gave me the protein I needed.  Most of all, it filled me up!  My Husband and I have actually both used these with an apple as a breakfast on the way out the door.  It’s a good portion size, they taste great and there are 26 grams of protein!

I tried the Vanilla, Honey, and the lighter version (less calories and 20 grams of protein) Strawberry Bananna flavor.  I definitely think that the vanilla tastes the best with the Honey in a quick second.  Would definitely think about stocking my fridge with this stuff.  It’s great for hikes because it is lactose free and can be kept in your hiking bag.  It’s also great for quick breakfasts or a fuel up after a tough workout.  Defintely going to be hunting this stuff down in my local stores!

Have you tried any new protein drinks lately?

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