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Athlete Inspired RUN Necklace Giveaway!!


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Congratulations to the winner of the Athlete Inspired necklace, Kristi Ikerd!

 

Ok y’all, it’s giveaway time!! Jenifer from Athlete Inspired has offered to give away another one of her awesome RUN necklaces to one of my followers! If you’ve pictures of me, you know that I absolutely love my RUN necklace and wear it all of the time. It’s super comfy to wear while on a run and I even sleep in it!

These necklaces are:

  • Light weight and comfortable
  • All original design
  • Genuine leather
  • Lead and nickel safe
  • Available in lengths of 16 or 18 inches

 

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I love that it goes great with running clothes or regular clothes!

 

To enter for your chance to win, just click here!

By the way, if you’re looking for other athletic jewelry or just want to grab a RUN necklace now, Athlete Inspired has a ton of other items to choose from! Be sure to use the coupon code “slowfast15″! This will get you 15% OFF EVERYTHING thru April 30th when you check out! (Mother’s Day is coming up!)

Good Luck!!

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MealEnders Review and #Giveaway #Ad


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I was offered the chance to try out MealEnders and do a review as a Sweat Pink Ambassador and was curious to learn more about them. My habit of snacking between meals isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be but there are some days (like after a long run) that I seem to want to snack more than others. If you know me, then you know I do not advocate skipping meals because it’s extremely important to nourish your body. These are not for that…they are for those times when you’ve had a meal and it’s time to tell your belly that you’ve had enough. Have you ever had that feeling about 20 mins after a meal of “Why did I eat those last 2 bites??!!” Yeah, me too. That’s because it takes a little time for the brain to figure out that your belly has had enough. Also, these help with those times that you want to pop a snack in your mouth (maybe out of boredom or habit) when you really aren’t that hungry.

Here’s a description of what they are:

A first of its kind weight management product, MealEnders are low calorie, drug and stimulant free Signaling  Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind. Unlike extreme diets, meal replacements, appetite suppressants or supplements that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders work with the  body’s natural hunger rhythms using a combination of behavioral, psychology and sensory science.

 

How they work:

MealEnders consist of two components: a sweet, outer reward layer and a cooling/tingling inner core. The  outer layer provides a measured dose of “dessert,” usuall  associated with the end of a meal.  The inner  core engages the trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations in themouth) with long-lasting cooling/tingling sensations to cue the end of eating and clear the palate. By keeping your mouth and mind occupied for up to 20 minutes (the Overeating Zone when you are full, but often continue to eat because  your brain has not yet received the “fullness” signal), MealEnders naturally transition you away from the desire to overindulge, giving your body’s natural satiety process time to catch up and let you know you’re full.
MealEnders are a tool, not a magic elixir, and work on a behavioral, sensory and psychological level in the following ways:
BEHAVIORAL
  • Establish an important chronological marker for meal and snack end
  • Fill the 20 minute gap until normal satiety signals reach the brain
  • Create a pause in eating patterns so healthier behaviors may be established
  • Break the cycle of eating and chewing

SENSORY

  • Provide a measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by a palate cleansing to reduce cravings  
  • Engage taste receptors to transition you away from foods being consumed  
  • Alter anticipated taste of additional  food
  • Temporarily modify olfactory perception -­‐ often a cause of overeating

PSYCHOLOGICAL

  • Heighten mindfulness of natural digestive rhythms
  • Create habitual cueing of meal completion
  • Train the mind to recognize healthy portion sizes
  • Empower a sense of control

 

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How and when to use them:

Just as behavioral techniques can be modified to meet a variety of situations, MealEnders can be adapted to meet an individual’s needs.

When to Use:

  • At the end of a meal to replace dessert.
  • When you feel the urge to finish a large plate of food, just because it’s there.
  • When you crave a second helping but don’t feel hungry.
  • When you want to snack on junk food between meals.

How to Use:

  • Identify your moment of temptation and instead of dessert, another helping, or a snack, enjoy a Signaling  Lozenge.
  • Savor the lozenge; allow to completely dissolve. No chewing or biting!
  • Feel the active taste sensations cleanse the palate and stimulate both your mouth and mind, giving your brain time to realize you’ve had enough to eat.
  • For best results, use consistently and combine them with a healthy diet and exercise.

MealEnders_Wrappers_LargeI was sent 4 packages (25 pieces each) of MealEnders to try out for my review. The flavors were Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon and Chocolate Mint. Out of the 4, I really liked the Chocolate Mint the best. To me, it was more like something I’d have after a meal at a restaurant. My husband preferred the Mocha flavor, but he’s more of a coffee person.

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Want to try some for yourself? They’re also providing one of my readers 4 bags of their own!

Giveaway ends 4/1/15.

Click here to enter!!

Be sure and check them out on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Have a great week and good luck!!

*Disclaimer: I was provided a sample 4 pack of MealEnders in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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Purina Pro Plan #GreatDog2014 Winners!


The 3 winners of my Purina Pro Plan #GreatDog2014 Instagram contest are:

DOOZER – He’s been a great dog this year because he’s still loyal and helpful even though he’s nearly 15 years old and is blind in one eye.

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Doozer #GreatDog2014

MESSER – He’s been a great dog in 2014 because he has the wonderful ability to make his owner smile or laugh…AND he’s finally learned to go potty outside!! (I’d say that’s a huge a achievement!)

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Messer #GreatDog2014

LITTLE BIT – Her owner says that she’s been a great dog this year because of her exceptional snuggling abilities.

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Congratulations to our winners!! I hope your babies enjoy their Purina Pro Plan dog food!

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The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Sweepstakes #GreatDog2014


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Purina contacted me and wanted me to let you know about a great contest they have going right now until December 30th!

They’re giving one person the opportunity to check out some really talented dogs at the Incredible Dog Challenge Western Regionals in Huntington Beach, California.

Anyone can enter with no purchase necessary for a chance to win an incredible prize that includes:

  • 2 round-trip plane tickets to Huntington Beach, CA for the Incredible Dog Challenge® Western Regionals
  • A 3-day, 2-night hotel stay
  • Ground transportation and spending money
  • Plus a $500 PetSmart® gift card

LINK TO ENTER: https://petsmartproplan.ryan-adsi.com/

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Bring out the best in your dog! Formulated by experts. Trusted by pros. From dry food to wet entrees to nutritional supplement bars, Purina Pro Plan products are formulated to help you bring out the full potential in your dog.

 

To add to the fun, Purina has offered to partner with me to do a giveaway of my own! All you need to do is post a picture of your dog and tell me why your dog was great in 2014. Did he/she learn a new trick, tackle the stairs or (finally!) make friends with the cat?  To enter, simply head over to Instagram and tag me (@ginasitnf) and Purina (@proplan) with your pooch pics and use the hashtag #GreatDog2014.  The contest ends on 12/29/2014 and three winners will receive a coupon for a free bag of Purina Pro Plan ($17.99 value)!!

 

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This is one of my fur babies, Buddy, smiling for the camera in his Santa outfit. #GreatDog2014

 

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Our dog, Jake, enjoying the snow. #GreatDog2014

 

I can’t wait to hear about your furry friends!! It’s your chance to brag! See you on Instagram and good luck!!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in partnership with Purina Pro Plan. All opinions are my own.

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Athlete Inspired Jewelry Giveaway!


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I’m so excited to announce that Jenifer from Athlete Inspired has offered to do another giveaway for your chance to win a piece of her super cute jewelry!!  As you might remember, last year she sent me a “Run” necklace and I have worn it nearly everyday since I received it!!

 

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After 26.2 miles wearing my Athlete Inspired “Run” necklace!

 

If you’d like a chance to win your own Athlete Inspired jewelry, you can click here to enter!

Which piece will you choose if you win?

Good luck!!

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How’s your Posture? Take the #PosturePledge from Backjoy!


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When I was  a young girl, my mom would remind me constantly that I needed to stand up straight, not only because it improved my appearance but because it was good for me. Even though I didn’t think much about it back then, I’ve since realized that she knew what she was talking about.  As a runner, I’ve learned that good posture is extremely important. I don’t always have correct posture when I run and I definitely notice the side effects of it.

May is National Correct Posture Month and Backjoy wants to help make you more aware of the benefits of sitting or standing up straight. They recently contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in their #PosturePledge and were kind enough to send me a SitSmart Posture Plus and a Stress Roller to try out.

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Here’s what Backjoy says about their #PosturePledge campaign:

May is National Correct Posture Month and BackJoy is taking a stand—up straight, that is! Pledge to make posture top of mind when you sit, stand, sleep and move throughout the month and we’ll send you a FREE SitSmart Posture Plus in return.

Small actions, one day at a time, can have lasting, positive changes…and better posture will help you breathe better, lower stress hormones, build confidence and achieve greater focus and energy—not to mention you’ll have less back pain!

Pick your #PosturePledge action for May:

1.) Improve sitting posture at work
2.) Ditch the heels and invest in “zero drop” shoes
3.) Sleep on your side or back instead of your stomach
4.) Be conscious of “technology posture” and “text neck” – The 3 T’s: Texting, Tablet, TV (Gaming)
5.) Incorporate core exercises into your workout routine
6.) When you lift heavy things (weights, boxes, kids), bend at the knees, not the back
7.) Tell your mom “thanks”! She was right—sit and stand up straight.
8.) Consult with a posture professional (PT, chiropractor, ergonomist)
9.) Stretch—do pilates, yoga, swimming…
10.) Eat healthy and watch your weight

Here’s how it works:

Submit your name, email and mailing address in the fields below and tell us which #PosturePledge you’re committing to for the month.

Be one of the first 500 people to take the #PosturePledge and BackJoy will mail you a FREE SitSmart Posture Plus* (a $40 value) to help you on your posture journey and enter you to win the full suite of BackJoy products. Once 500 people have taken the #PosturePledge, any additional pledgers will be entered to win BackJoy’s grand prize.

 

I’ve decided that my #PosturePledge is #7 (Thanks Mom!) and #7 (I definitely need to work on my posture when I’m texting or on my laptop). What’s yours? If you’re ready to take their pledge, click the picture below and enter for your chance to win a SitSmart Posture Plus!!

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Click here for a few more tips from their blog about the 10 Posture Pledges. You can also check them out on Twitter and Pinterest!


 

 

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Gymdoll Tank Top Giveaway!


 

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Would you like to win this tank top from Gymdoll? Just follow this Rafflecopter giveaway link!

Good Luck!!

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