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What’s Your Healthy?


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We all have different ideas of what’s enjoyable when it comes to fitness. The important thing is to find something that you enjoy and look forward to making a part of your day.

Here are a few tips that might help you get started:

  • Make it fun! Find an activity that you look forward to doing instead of something you dread.
  • Workout with a friend. You’re more likely to follow through with an exercise program when you hold each other accountable.
  • Make goals to work towards.
  • Be realistic and patient with yourself. Major lifestyle changes take time.
  • Consult with a dietician that can assist you with finding an eating plan specific for you and your needs.

Of course, you already know the activity that I enjoy most is running. When I first decided to try to develop a more active lifestyle, I began by taking short walks in the evenings up and down our street. Eventually, I slowly started going to a local track and running trail and started mixing running in with my walking. Before I knew it, I was running without stopping and was able to complete my 1st 5k! Since then, I’ve run 3 marathons, 6 half marathons and numerous 5k and 10k races but it all started a little over 4 years ago when I made the decision to make healthy changes in my life.

Alison Sweeney has teamed up with Aetna and their campaign What’s Your Healthy? Here are a few tips for you from Alison if you’re interested in becoming a runner:

You can find lots of great tips on living a healthier lifestyle, as well as share some of your own tips on the What’s Your Healthy? website.

If you have something that you’d like to share, join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #AetnaMyHealthy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AETNA®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Frog Fuel Review and Giveaway


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Recently, I was contacted by Frog Fuel and they asked me to try their protein gels. I’m always excited to try out something that will be helpful on my runs and this was no disappointment. The consistency of the gel was not nearly as thick as some of the gels that I normally use but it wasn’t super thin either. The taste was not bad at all and easy on my stomach. Since they sent me 3 packs, I gave a pack to my oldest son to try since he’s currently training for a triathlon and has stepped into the world of sports nutrition. He had rave reviews for it as well.

Here’s what Frog Fuel’s site has to say about their product and what makes it different:

FrogFuel™ was developed by US Navy SEALs (Frogmen) to satisfy the need for a top shelf nutritional product that is easily consumed and highly effective.

Unlike many other companies, the founders and owners of Frog Performance and their peers not only use their own products but also live and breathe the lifestyle they preach to others. Even after life as elite operators in Special Operations, the owners of Frog Performance continue their relentless pursuit for perfection. FrogFuel is only the beginning of that quest!

FrogFuel is a protein supplement designed for optimum bioavailability and nutritional value to help YOU achieve unquestionable results. Please read below to understand why FrogFuel is truly a superior performing protein product.

THE SCIENCE OF FROGFUEL

FrogFuel liquid protein starts working immediately at the cellular level to increase strength, prolong endurance, and accelerate recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Patent-Pending Complete Collagen Protein and FDA Qualified Medical Food
The patent pending formula includes enhanced amino acids and taurine for maximum power.  Because of its rapid absorption FrogFuel can be taken before, during, or after a workout and provides the optimum nutrition to exercise for sustained periods at peak performance.

FrogFuel Is ‘Pre-digested’
FrogFuel is pre-digested using papain (a fruit enzyme found in papayas).  Papain breaks down the peptide bonds in the protein allowing for rapid delivery of nearly 100% protein at the cellular level.  Faster absorption means better performance and quicker recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Pure Collagen Protein
Why Collagen?
Collagen is second only to water in terms of volume in the body.
Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, such as bones, tendons, dermis and ligaments as well as cartilage, teeth and muscles.

Benefits of Collagen: 

  • Improved skin and Muscle Tone
  • Increased joint Flexibility
  • Healthier bones, Arteries, Hair, and Teeth

FrogFuel Has Taurine
A key ingredient in FrogFuel is taurine, which acts quickly to open cells for the protein to enter and rebuild muscles and aid in recovery. Taurine reduces oxidative stress under extreme physical exertion where lactic acid builds up in the muscle.  Contrary to popular marketing campaigns taurine is not an energy enhancer.

FrogFuel Has Enhanced Aminos
Enhanced amount of Cysteine

  • Assists in proper function of immune system
  • Strong antioxidant properties
  • Neutralizes toxins and deactivates free radicals.

Enhanced amount of Histidine

  • Critical for blood hemoglobin
  • Crucial in the production of red and white blood cells

Enhanced amount of Methionine

  • Critical for maintaining hair, skin and nails
  • Increases output of lecithin by liver, helping lower cholesterol

FrogFuel Energized Protein Has Caffeine
Caffeine does improve performance. Caffeine combined with our rapidly absorbed protein provides unparalleled support before and during exercise.

Proteins form the body’s main structural elements and are found in every cell and tissue.  Your body uses proteins to build and repair muscles, bone, connective tissue, skin, and virtually every other body part and tissue.  Protein supplements is a necessity for those who desire to achieve the optimal performance to be one of the elite.

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“Everything you need, nothing you don’t.”

Along with my sample pack, they’ve also offered up a sample tasting pack for one of my readers! This is giveaway will only last a few days so don’t miss your chance to win! 

To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter link here:

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What is your Fuel Level? Click here to see!

Good Luck!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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Groovy Baby Action Gear Arm Warmers Review and Giveaway


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Jordan Shrack was the winner of the Groovy Baby arm warmers! Congratulations Jordan! Thanks to everyone that entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up very soon!

It might be summer right now but it won’t be long until those chilly race mornings will be back (I can’t wait!) and we’ll be digging out our trusty arm warmers again.

Down here in the Deep South, we were treated to a few extra cool race day mornings before the summer heat set in and I was able to try out my new custom made arm warmers that Katie sent me from Groovy Baby Action Gear. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her gear yet, you’ve got to go take a look! This girl is creative and I’m convinced she can make anything! She’s also a runner so she knows how things need to fit and feel.

Here’s a what her website says:

Groovy Baby Action Gear offers unique custom running sleeves, arm sleeves, running gloves, costume cuffs, arm bands, and costume sets for women and children. Be a super heroine everyday or give your race costume some extra flair!

Find your super sleeves here with one of a kind custom running sleeves that provide warmth and protection to your arms for everyday runs, races, racing costumes, and obstacle course/mud runs. You’ll feel the power and funk right away as you start your next adventure.

Your custom or ready made running sleeves gloves will leave your hands free and allow the ease and comfort of quick on and off without interrupting your most excellent adventure.

Every pair of running sleeves I offer is either ready made or custom to you at no additional charge! Send me your own (or your children’s) measurements and fabric choices or choose a ready made pair with tons of stretch and lycra goodness.

Add a name to your sleeves so the world knows what name to chant at the finish line!

Team Sleeves available with custom embroidered names and logos, please message me or see the “Upgrade” section of my shop.

I wasn’t exactly sure of what I wanted when we first began discussing a possible design for me but Katie had some ideas and it wasn’t long before she came up with a great one for me! She went with black and hot pink arm warmers with my Slow is the New Fast girl embroidered on the sides. She also included a Slow is the New Fast headband!

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Sporting my Groovy Baby arm warmers at a local 10k race. I was so glad to have them – it was cold that morning!

Katie also wants to give away a pair of custom arm warmers to one of my readers! If you’d like to have a chance to win a pair of your own, click the Rafflecopter link below to get started!

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P.S. – I have my eye on the Wonder Woman gear next!!

Picture courtesy of Groovy Baby Action Gear.

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Good luck everyone!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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Check out the Popsugar Fitness Giveaway!


POPSUGAR Fitness has let me know about a great giveaway they’re having and I wanted to pass it on to you! They’ve launched a new fitness newsletter that features healthy eating tips, quick video workouts and reviews of their favorite workout gear. 

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Here’s what you can win:

A trip for 2 to New York City

2 Round Trip Airline Tickets

2 Night Hotel Stay

2 Tickets to the next Class Fitsugar Event (With Celebrity Trainer, Anna Kaiser)

plus

A $500 Nike Gift Card!

(This Grand Prize is valued at $3500!!)

They’ve made it really easy to enter. (I already did!)  All you need to do is sign up for their POPSUGAR Fitness Newsletter and you’ll be entered to win!

This giveaway ends April 14, 2013 – so don’t miss out!

Good luck!!

*Open to Legal Residents of the 50 United States (Rhode Island excluded). All entrants must be the age of majority in their respective state as of the date of entry.

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Shubeez Giveaway!


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I’m keeping my Blogiversary celebration going by offering another great giveaway. This one is from Shubeez! Two lucky people will have their chance to win either a 13.1 shoe tag or a 26.2 shoe tag!

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Here’s a little bit about Shubeez from their website:

Shubeez are unique collectable shoe tags that attach securley to the laces of any athletic footwear. We all have a cause, a goal, a mission in life: in order to make progress you must begin to taking steps toward your desired result. More than a simple branding/ awareness piece….shubeez is an idea.  We believe that everyone has the power to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Whether you are running a road race, supporting a PTO, fundraising for a youth sports team, or getting involved with a non profit,  shubeez is a personal shoe tag that says you took action and are part of a community that cares.

Our message is simple.  We are a call to action.  We believe there is no better way to symbolize your efforts, or your events, than branding the shoe that started your movement. Every morning you must get up and face the day.  What you do from there is your choice.  Your shubeez is a constant reminder of why you lace-up and a unique symbol that will spark interest/ encourage others to get involved. shubeez- why do YOU lace-up?

To enter, just click the Rafflecopter link below:

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If you don’t want to wait and would like to buy some Shubeez tags of your own, you can go to their site and check out their shop! By the way, I’m a Shubeez Affiliate! When you checkout, please select Slow is the New Fast from their drop down partner menu.

Good Luck!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation to write this review.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03 (at) gmail  (dot) com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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It’s my 3rd Runniversary!


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It’s hard to believe that 3 years ago today, I was on my way to our local paved running trail. I wasn’t dressed in “real” running clothes (thick, cotton socks included), my shoes didn’t fit me properly, and I was only at the beginning of my weight loss journey. I knew nothing of running fuel (GUs, Sport Beans, and Chomps that are eaten during long runs). I had no clue that there were such things as compression socks or fuel belts, and I didn’t own the first sports bra. As I drove there, it didn’t matter that I didn’t have or know about those things. I had a crazy idea in my mind that I was toying with, and the closer that I got to my destination, the more nervous and excited I got. Maybe it was the chill in the air that made me feel extra hopeful and energetic. Maybe it was because I’d been slowly building up to it, and something inside of me just knew it was time.

By the time I drove up, I’d made up my mind. I was going to try to run the entire way today. I assured myself that I could walk if I needed to, I could stop if I had to, but, I was at least going to try. Today was going to be the day that I did something that I’d never done before. I was excited and I was scared. I had no time in mind. My goal was to finish. I clutched my Ipod in my hand that had my new Nike+ receiver plugged in along with my sensor safely secured in its pouch on my shoelaces. I had no rituals to go through, like I do now. I didn’t know what a PR was, even though I was about to set my first. I hit play on my Ipod and started running.  I was RUNNING! Yes, I had been running before that, but it was running and walking. I knew that I’d shown up  planning on not walking and suddenly, everything seemed different. I was slow but that didn’t matter. (My average pace was 12:08/mile.) I kept telling myself to just keep going and reminded myself that I could stop if I needed to – but I didn’t need to. As the miles ticked away in my ear (there’s a lady that speaks to you in your ear when you use the Nike+ program on the Ipod), I began to feel a sense of overwhelming excitement . I felt like a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon!! A million thoughts were rushing through my mind. I was going to be able to say to people, “I’m a runner!” I couldn’t wait to call my husband and my parents! As the final feet of my run ticked away, I was smiling while tears streamed down my face. I had done it!!! There aren’t sufficient words to describe the feelings I felt when I finished that first run. I probably looked as though I’d just won a race or qualified for Boston but it was much more than that. My life had changed and there would be no turning back. There would be setbacks but that’s just how life is. Three years and 1430 miles later, that day is forever a “Red Letter” day for me. It was a day that I was reminded that I could do whatever I set my mind to do. As I drove back home, it never crossed my mind that I’d be getting ready to run my 2nd marathon 3 years later but here I am, 3 weeks away from it. There was no “Slow is the New Fast” blog or Facebook page but because of that run, both of those exist. Those first steps I took set me in motion for things I’d never imagined. I’m so thankful for my family and friends who encouraged and prayed for me when I was first starting out and  keep doing so daily. I know that I’m now a healthier version of me because of the decision I made 3 years ago. I decided that things didn’t have to stay the same. I realized that it was up to me to do something about it because I was tired of sitting on the sidelines of life and watching it go by.

If you’re reading this today and you feel like I did – like you know you need to do something different, why not start today? Take those first steps towards changing your health. It doesn’t mean you have to go run. It may mean that you make the decision to start drinking more water, eat less sugar or start walking 15 minutes a day. Whatever it is, don’t forget to celebrate those positive changes, no matter how small you think they are!  Change isn’t always easy but being unhealthy and feeling bad isn’t easy either. I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s a slow process and it will take determination but it’s worth it in the end.

If you start today, who knows what you might be celebrating a year from now? 🙂

What will you choose to do?

What will you choose to do today?

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Goodbye July!


My mama always told me to never wish my life away but I can say that I’ll be glad to see July in the rear view mirror. It has been a horrible month! Not just for me but for lots of people that I know. Obviously, I know that a day is a day and that just because tomorrow is August doesn’t mean that the weather will be automatically cooler (especially here in MS) or that anyone’s troubles will be any less but it does kind of feel like we can hit the reset button. Don’t get me wrong, there have been good days and fun times too but overall, it was a stinky month, lol!

Speaking of reset buttons, I definitely need to hit it when it comes to my training. I know the saying that floats around Pinterest and Facebook that goes something like, “If you want it you’ll make time, if you don’t you’ll make excuses…” Hmmm, I guess I don’t? But I do, I really do. Lately, it’s just been hard to get my running done and some days hard to want to do it. Honestly, I have been feeling drained lately – mentally and physically. Trying to sell a house (which is more work than I ever imagined on our part) and buy a house before school starts has been one of the most stressful things I’ve ever experienced. I’m also dealing with Zoe not wanting to go to sleep at night. She’s the type of child that wants someone with her while she goes to sleep and so is Zach. Problem is that neither one has been particularly sleepy when bedtime rolls around and Zoe has taken it to the next level. By the time she’s either asleep or Jason has gotten Zach to sleep, it’s easily 10 or 11 at night. So that’s when I’ve been running, when I do run, which isn’t often. I think you’ve heard this story before on a previous post of mine, lol.

I don’t think you’ve heard me complain about this yet, so here goes: I haven’t been on a run outside since May 5th. MAY 5th – and I LOVE running outside! I like to feel the actual wind blowing on my face instead of the occasional stale “breeze” from the treadmill fan. I am grateful that I have a good treadmill to run on but I’d be really excited if I didn’t have to use it quite so much and could get back outside again. Sorry for the little rant but I do miss it.

With August, school comes and even though that keeps us busy, it also means a better schedule for everyone, including me. I’m looking forward to maybe getting outside and running during actual daytime hours again.

Half marathon training is going to start soon so I have got to get my booty back on a normal training schedule. If not for the sake of being able to finish a half a good half marathon time then for the sake of my sanity and everyone else’s around me, lol!

Oh and guess what? I didn’t run again tonight. I really wanted to but since I couldn’t, I’ve decided that maybe I should not run again until next month. Yep, I think that’s what I’m going to do. 😉

I know this post has been a little off the wall and silly but sometimes you just have to stop being frustrated and laugh a little. Truthfully, my life is really, really great. I’m so thankful for every single day that I’ve been given. Sometimes it helps me to vent a little on here because then I see how small my “problems” are once they stop swirling around in my head.

I’m sure there will be plenty of highs and lows next month and I doubt it will be any cooler but I am hopeful that there will be more highs than lows and that even if it’s just 5 degrees, maybe it’ll be cooler too.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get back into my running groove again. :)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

New International Version (NIV)

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