Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shape & Men's Fitness FitBit Charge Blogger Challenge!

East coast VS. West coast, who's going to win bragging rights for being the most active??? West coast, best coast of course! Ok, maybe I am just a tad biased...

Shape and Men's Fitness have joined together to challenge 10 East Coast and 10 West Coast bloggers (including ME!) to test out the new FitBit Charge. Each team will be tracking their total distance and steps taken to compete in winning the title of the most active coast!

Both Shape and Men's Fitness will keep track of our progress on scoreboards so you can follow as we all increase our stats! You can view the scoreboard on Shape.com or MensFitness.com. Make sure you check in every week and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win your own FitBit Charge! One winner will be announced EACH WEEK! Woo!

Week One Challenge:

This week, we have been challenged to take our workouts outdoors and discover new trails and hiking spots. Lucky for me, California has PLENTY of sunshine to soak up!

So, I challenge YOU! Get outdoors; hike, run, walk - whatever!

What I love about this challenge is that it forces us to do something new and fun while getting active! My doggies are very appreciative as well =)

So, what will you do this week to get active and complete this challenge?! Tell me in the comment section below!

And don't forget to check out the scoreboard and enter for your chance to win your own FitBit Charge!

This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men's Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reebok Fit Hub - Victoria Gardens Grand Opening!


I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Reebok's newest Fit Hub in Rancho Cucamonga at Victoria Gardens as part of a FitFluential campaign. Let me tell you, both the event and the store were rockin!

I could see from the moment I stepped inside, this store was cooler than most. Not only did they have some of the most eye catching gear, but the displays themselves were works of art. Each display is a functional piece of equipment - from boxes to bars and rings - that will be used for actual in-store workouts. If you are a crossfitter, this is the store for you! If you are like me, and aren't necessarily in the crossfit game, you are welcomed with open arms too!

The staff is very knowledgable about their gear, their store, and anything else you could think to ask.

The store manager (featured above) was super friendly and offered help whenever needed. I appreciated the fact that she came over to talk with me and brag about her store. Having pride in your company and brand is crucial, and everyone who was working the event had that.

Along with being able to attend the event, Reebok sent me a fabulous package of goodies to try out!

I have never really worn any Reebok gear.

Reebok has a new fan! I was really surprised to see just how much I loved all of their gear. From sports bras and jackets to awesome pants and tanks - I thought it was all really eye catching and good quality.

The gear I got to sport was their ONE Series cuffed capris, track jacket, strappy bra, printed tee, and their ZQuick Electrify shoes.

Everything in the ONE Series line is amazing quality. I especially LOVE the cuffed capris - they are thick, stay in place and hit my leg right below the knee (which is my new fave spot lol).

I am pretty picky about my shoes - I typically stick to the ones I know I like. Reebok ZQuick shoes are awesome. They fit my foot very well (I have a very high arch which makes it tricky sometimes to find good shoes) and I absolutely LOVE the look of them! They also have higher sides that help to support my ankle.

Overall, I just really love everything about Reebok. I think they have done an amazing job at reinventing themselves (in my mind) to be hip, fun and a brand I would love to rock in the gym or just while running around during the day. High quality gear, a fun atmosphere and a place to workout (that's right, everything can be rolled away in store for their workouts they do!) makes this Fit Hub the perfect place to check out if you are in the area! You won't be sorry!

Check out Reebok's Victoria Garden's Fit Hub location:

ADDRESS:

7833-7835 Kew Avenue

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

HOURS:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm

Friday-Saturday: 10am-10pm

Sunday:11am-7pm

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sizzlefish.... Sizzlin' Magic!



Have you ever wanted some fresh seafood, but didn't want to put on your boots and slosh around the ocean for the catch of the day?? Yeah... I have too!

With Sizzlefish, you can have your scallops and eat them too!

Sizzlefish is an awesome company that provides the freshest, untreated fish delivered right to your door. It is the best investment you can make towards your health and fitness goals.

Each delivery arrives in a sealed cooler filled with dry ice. There are numerous packages you can choose from that include a variety of different options. This makes it so easy to break out of your rut and try new things! Each package typically contains 14 4oz portions.

Each piece of seafood is vacuum sealed and hard frozen. I can't tell you how much I enjoy not having to portion out my own filet! Sizzlefish guarantees their items or they will replace anything that is thawed or materially damaged. With a guarantee quite like this, what could you possibly lose?!

I received a package with haddock, sea scallops, atlantic cod, coho salmon, atlantic salmon, sablefish, and rainbow trout. I couldn't contain my excitement seeing all of my delicious forzen seafood!

The next day, I thawed out a portion of sablefish (something I had never heard of before!) and whipped up a delicious and EASY lunch!

Click here for my sablefish recipe (featured in the photo above).

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Overcoming Hills

Have you ever achieved something you wanted to immediately tell someone about? Write about? Cry about even?

Now, let me rephrase that question. Have you ever achieved something so important to you, you wanted to share it with someone, but then convinced yourself that it was less than important? Maybe you told yourself someone completed the same goal quicker, better, etc and that what you did, was not as good - therefore not worthy of a share?

In a world that has become so unimpressed with everything, what is the importance of self victories and why should we share them with others?

Today, I completed something I never dreamed possible. I ran 6.3 miles - half on a steep uphill climb. Now, as I told myself, some people might be unimpressed with this. I know it is easy for some people; I mean, I've watched some of those people run it for years now.

I started (barely) being able to walk this 5 mile hike. People would constantly pass me by; I'm sure with that "look" most out of shape (and for me, obese) people get. My legs always hurt and I had to stop numerous times before hitting the top. Out of breath and embarrassed, I always wanted to give up.

Today, I decided I wanted to run this hill. I wanted to come full circle. I wanted to do what I had watched others do so effortlessly for years. Instead of being the one who stopped, I would be the one others watched in awe. I've always wanted to be that person so badly.

Sure, it was harder than hell - in fact, this was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time. My lungs hurt, my face was beating and red, and my eyes were flooded with tears by the time I got to the top.

Today was a great day to achieve something important to me.

This is the no filter face of a girl who has achieved something she never dreamed possible.

I wanted to share my victory with the world - because I want to remind everyone that sometimes what others see as a small accomplishment, might be huge to you. And, it's OKAY to celebrate yourself and what you have done.

Just because something hard for you comes easy for someone else, it doesn't mean it isn't important. This goes right along with encouraging your friends, family members, hell, even strangers! If you can do something and they can't, encourage them to reach their own goals. Be that rock for them.

Encourage, remind, and help others. And when you reach the top of a steep hill, celebrate yourself. You are important, your goals are important, and you are worth celebrating.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lady In Red

My cousin got married this past Friday and, of course, I needed the perfect dress for the occasion.

I searched high and low for a red dress that flattered and showed off my body without being overly provocative. After quite a few stores, I finally found this PERFECT red dress at H&M (and for the perfect price too!).  I grabbed a size 6 and headed to the dressing rooms.

During competition prep I fit into a size 4/6 so I figured I would be the same size at H&M - I mean, the dress looked just like my size....

In the dressing room, I squeezed (literally) into the 6. It was on, but pretty damn tight. Immediately, all those old "fat" feelings came rushing back. "OMG, a 6 doesn't fit anymore???", "I must be gaining weight", "If I can't fit into a 6 I don't want this dress", "Ain't no way I need an 8!!".... on and on. Lame, I know.

I literally had to slap myself out of it and hand back the size 6 to the attendant. Just as I was about to walk out of the store in a pissy mood.... I slapped myself again. "Are you seriously not going to buy a dress because you can't fit into the 6?!" I thought to myself.

Yeah... I seriously wasn't - how dumb right?! So then I went back, grabbed the 8, tried it on and it fit. I then struggled once more with the idea of being an 8 before I decided to buy the dress. I literally almost went back for the 6, thinking I could "diet down" to fit into it better. I know, I am ridiculous.

The point of this story is, don't be dumb. Lol, ok but no seriously, why do we get so crazy about the number printed on the tag!? Why can't we just try something on, appreciate how great we look and buy the damn thing?

Moral - appreciate your beauty in a 6, an 8, a 20... ALL SIZES. I preach this a lot, but I also struggle with this concept sometimes. So.... today, this week, this month, lets ALL try to appreciate our bodies for where they are now and not get caught up in numbers. This includes, the scale, clothing tags, etc.

Screw the numbers, love our bodies. Who's with me???

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Back Into Pork Chops

My mom asked me yesterday if I was going by the grocery store. I told her no, but then after my run with my husband, I wanted to pick up some ice cream (protein ice cream so it's all good yo).... anywho, I text her I would be going and told her I would pick her up something to make for dinner.

Long story short.... I head to Trader Joe's (one of my favorite stores of all time). I grab some chicken and think, what the heck am I going to do with this for 3 people tonight? I then thought - "dad is tired of chicken, you can do better than that!" So I headed to the other side of the meat display and grabbed some pork chops... then I turned around and saw apples.... just like that - BOOM - ideas were poppin!

Here is what I came up with.... apple, onion and dried cranberry pork chops with a goat cheese and heirloom tomato salad and sourdough bread (and mashed herbed potatoes for my pops, because he has to have a starchy something or other).

This was sooooo easy to do because I literally just threw most of dinner into a crockpot and let it get magical!

RECIPE:

For the Pork Chops:

In a crock pot, throw in 1 sliced white onion. On top of that, place your pork chops (I also cut off the extra fat) and season with minced fresh garlic, lemon pepper, garlic powder, cumin seeds and herb de Provence (just eye ball it). Chop up 3 gala apples and throw them in. Top it off with some dried cranberries. I then added about 1 1/2 cups of apple cider (get the good stuff, now isn't a time to be cheap lol) and 1 cup of water.

I put the lid on the crockpot, set it to low for 6 hours and walked away! Ha, well... after I cleaned up anyway.

THIS.... this beautifully glorious smelling pot of fall is what you get after 6 hours!

I swear you could throw a boot and some chicken stock in a crockpot and it would come out magically delicious! =)

Sooooo.... then I made my sides. Since my dad needs more carbs in his life than my mom and I do, I made him a package of herbed mashed potatoes from Trader Joe's. I had a bite and they were deeeeelish. I also cut up my mini sourdough loaf and toasted the slices..... because I'm so fancy.



Ok, now on to my next favorite part of this meal.... the SALAD!

While you're at the grocery store, go ahead and pick yourself up a small bag of mixed greens. Throw those in a bowl with some heirloom tomatoes, chopped carrots, crumbled walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Throw on about 1.5 tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and olive oil and then top with a bit of black pepper.

Freakin delish! I just love salads with goodies =)


Here is the final dish.... a magical dinner. Even my dad who hates anything remotely healthy cleaned his plate! Success was mine for the night =)
















Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Adidas miCoach FitSmart Product Review

I received the Adidas miCoach FitSmart monitor as part of a FitFluential campaign. 

To start off, the monitor is packaged beautifully! When I got the FitSmart monitor, I was excited to set it up and get to using it.

I quickly charged my monitor and downloaded the adjacent miCoach Train and Run app from my iTunes store (it also syncs with Android devices). The watch and app connect via Bluetooth pretty easily.

The app runs well and I never have any problems starting it up. The layout is nice and it is pretty easy to use. You can do a number of things with it, from training programs to different workouts. I mainly use it to log my runs.

What is really cool about this app is that you can pick a program from cardio (5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon), fitness (weight loss, tone, endurance, endurance, etc.), sports (tennis, football, etc.) and/or strength & flex plan, and the app will set up an entire schedule for you! It even syncs with your phone's calendar!

I chose to do a half marathon training schedule to improve my time. So first you choose your distance and then you choose the time frame you want to complete your run in. You can then choose the time frame you want (exact day to start) and what days you want to train on. Then BOOM, the schedule is all set up for you!

Each day, a reminder is given to you and the distance/time you should run in order to reach your goal. During this run time, the app gives you intervals that are color coded. These intervals are created in a specific way to help you improve your time. The whole goal of this program is to get you to where you want to be - and it makes it so easy.

While you run, the watch face lights up on the left side according to what interval you are in - sprints, jog, faster run, etc. This allows you to easily know when to speed up or slow down. Along with the color, the watch vibrates! So you definitely won't miss a changing interval! I found this to be an amazing feature while running!

Another AWESOME feature of this watch is the fact that the sensor is NOT in a chest strap, but on the WATCH itself! This means your heart rate is taken from your wrist, so no pesky strap is going to fall down mid run.

To check for accuracy, I compared the FitSmart wrist monitor to my other heart rate monitor that uses a chest strap. Both final caloric readings were very close in count. I also know that I burn about 100 calories every mile I run and that checked out as well.

With moderate use during my training, the battery life has lasted pretty well! I only have to charge it every other week. This is awesome as I typically forget to charge all of my stuff... lol.

During my run, the miCoach Train and Run app easily displays any information you could possibly want - distance, pace, calories burned, heart rate, etc.

It even cheers you on! "Go, Kelly!"

And, when you finish your run (or other activity) a whole lot more information is given to you! Below are screenshots of what you will see after a run.....

Complete breakdown of the run (or workout).






Your placing (run score) if you were to be in an actual race. I thought this was really cool!

















Then you get a whole bunch of graphs (not all shown) that show you:

Stride Rate (steps/min)
Splits (min/mile)
Pace (min/mile)
Elevation (ft)
Heart Rate (beats per minute)


Overall, I would recommend this watch for someone who is training for a race mainly. I used it for some body weight work and, while it did well with heart rate, it wasn't really used effectively. The app uses GPS to calculate most of the really cool info you get after a workout - so, if you stay in one place, you just kind of eliminate most of the cool features. The other downside in my opinion is the price. It is rather expensive for someone on a budget; roughly $199. 

However, what I REALLY liked about this monitor was that I didn't need a chest strap. I also really liked the rubber band and overall look of the watch. It is easy to wear and clean - plus it just looks pretty cool =)

The watch works well and so does the app - easy to set up, use, and keep using to reach your goals! 

For more information, or to purchase this watch, please click here