PRO Compression supports Team in Training & Train 4 Autism #KeepItTight

  PRO Compression is supporting more than our legs during April’s Sock of the Month offer! After learning more about the charities they are partnering with this month, I wanted to help spread the word! (Read about how I fell in love with PRO Compression socks here.)  

 

PRO Compression

PRO Compression Socks supports Team in Training & Train 4 Autism #KeepItTight

During the month of April, PRO Compression is offering customers 40% off and donating a portion of those proceeds to two different fundraising organizations: Team in Training and Train 4 Autism. (Donations are based on color of the item purchased: purple for Team in Training and baby blue for Train 4 Autism.)

PRO Compression April

Team in Training is a fundraising program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  In exchange for training and support towards goals of completing full or half marathons, triathlons, cycling, or other endurance events,  participants help raise money towards cures for blood cancers like leukemia — the No. 1 disease killer of children — lymphoma and myeloma.

Train 4 Autism is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by parents and families of children touched by Autism.They are dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with Autism and their families.

Here’s how to get your 40% off your PRO Compression purchase now & support these great organizations:

(All Purple and Powder Blue Products 40% off. Coupon is also valid for the new Red, White and Blue Stripe Marathon “Tube Sock”)

It is truly encouraging to see PRO Compression bringing awareness to these charities. The efforts of Team in Training and Train 4 Autism are making a huge impact! Be sure to follow PRO Compression, Team in Training and Train 4 Autism so you can keep up with their latest updates.  

We are all in this together! #KeepItTight

Lorna Jane Frisco TX Grand Opening & 20 %off!

Lorna Jane coming to Frisco

Last night I attended the preview party for the highly anticipated opening of Lorna Jane activewear in Stonbriar Centre, Frisco TX.  Lorna Jane is passionate about active living and has brought that passion with them to the Lone Star State! Not only is this is the first store in Texas, it’s the first store in the US outside of California! I personally, couldn’t be more excited!

As part of Thursday’s preview party, Lorna Jane & Fit Approach provided a gift card for us to shop with along with a swag bag full of Lorna Jane goodies. I can’t wait to show you my favorite Lorna Jane outfit soon! Make sure and visit this weekend they are offering an exclusive 20% off storewide!

Lorna Jane StoreFront

My first impression upon walking up was how great the color palettes were. Brights and bolds abounded while a great collection of black could be found as well. Nothing here is “just basic” design though so come expecting- I promise you wont be disappointed! We spent a lot of time talking with the great staff inside the Lorna Jane store too. They really listened to each customer to understand what they were active in to be able to suggest the best designs for their activity.

( Best tip: try on & buy the Amy pant. It does wonders!)

Lorna Jane apparel

If I could describe the atmosphere in this store in one word, from the people to the clothing,  it would be inspirational. Their whole purpose is to make women look and feel great.

Lorna Jane Inspiration

Now it’s your turn to check out Lorna Jane and try on these amazing designs! The grand opening will be going on all weekend long with special events. Here’s your invitation:

Join us for our grand opening weekend celebration Friday April 4 to Sunday April 6 for:

-Free fitness classes with some of North County’s best
instructors.
-An exclusive 20% discount on the latest Lorna Jane fit fashion.
-Healthy bites and juices and so much more
See you there Texas!

Be sure to check out Lorna Jane Frisco and  Fit Approach on facebook!

Fitness Friday – Health Goals Update

health & fitness goals

Hey friends! Its been a couple of Fridays since I’ve updated you all on my health & fitness goals but that doesn’t mean I have given up. I’m still pressing on and making progress.

Sleep: I’m finally getting enough sleep ( Lies!) I probably could use at least an hour more. But I am not working through the late hours of the night anymore. I struggled with this for a while, feeling guilty, like I could be so much more productive, successful, etc. Who needs sleep anyway?? I do & so do YOU! I had to put that thinking away and realize, I was more important & my health goals were more important.  Getting enough sleep is essential to any health goal. You can’t expect your body to function or recover if you aren’t letting it.

Camp Gladiator: We were gifted with a month of CG in Jan and made the decision to continue and sign up for the rest of the year. Today completed month 2 of CG. I cant wait to share my before & afters with you in a few months! It was both a mental and financial investment. I’ve got a few goals to meet this year and I need some consistency and accountability to get me there.  You can read more about why Camp Gladiator so worth it here .

Overall Weight Loss: I have lost approx 15 lbs. & several inches since Jan 6th. This is huge for me because I know I have gained muscle too I can see it & I can feel it. Winning!

Healthy eating: For the most part, I’ve been very selective about how I choose to eat. A conversation I had with my trainer this week changed my perspective on what choices I’m making: (paraphrased) “If you start eating like an athlete you will become an athlete. Most people train and still visualize themselves like the people they were when they were on the couch.” Since that conversation I’ve started asking myself “Would a healthy person eat this?” My answer usually determines what I put in my grocery cart and subsequently what I put in my body. I’m eating for my future now.

Ok, guys, that wraps up some of my health wins for the week. Do you identify with any of them? What are some of your recent wins?  

Comment below- I wanna know!!

Fitness Friday- “His & Hers” Camp Gladiator

Another week of 2014 down in the record books. Since its Friday, that also means its time for another Fitness Friday update!! One of the things I mentioned we would be doing first thing in 2014 was participating in a Camp Gladiator  boot-camp.

camp gladiator

Camp Gladiator is a four-week adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Campers should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more. Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and, most importantly, to deliver results.”

There were a couple of things about this particular group that made me want to get involved and make me willing to set my alarms for 4:00 & 4:15 A.M.(reality check – it’s early. I need 2 alarms) . One of them was the CG mission ” To positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.”

That right there could have been enough to have me sold. But wait….There’s more…..

Our trainer & trainer’s assistant are phenomenal! They are hands down some of the most driven, motivating, and encouraging people I have met in a while. Not at all like the scary-yell-at-you- like-a-drill-sergeant type of trainers. Think more like someone who reallllly believes in your potential kind of trainer and isn’t giving up on you.

CG

Someone who gives you pep talks at 5am that sound something like this :

” When we BELIEVE in ourselves we can EMPOWER others to BELIEVE in themselves! I Believe in each of you because you Believed in me enough to try CG! Since then, many of you have brought others to CG because they BELIEVED in You! I Believe in you because through your struggles, many of you have seen 60-100 pound weight loss. Some of you have changed the way of life for your entire family because they Believe in you. Blood Pressure meds have been significantly reduced or taken away all together. Joint pain has slowly disappeared and self esteem has risen dramatically! I Believed in you once because I knew you were stronger than you believed and I knew that you had more to give before I allowed you to give up. Now I Believe in you because you’ve learned to Believe in yourselves. You’ve learned that your effort at camp and your new habits in life are no longer there to make Trainer Byrd proud, but because you’ve learned to make yourself proud! I Believe in you and thank you for Believing in me.”

I might get up early just for the motivational speaking.

Now that we’ve gotten a couple of weeks under our belt,  I want to give you a sneak peek into our experiences at Camp Gladiator so far. I thought we would do it “His & Hers” style. 

His Story: 

Workout Diary: Day One: What doesn’t kill you makes you… Want to throw up in a dark parking lot, that’s how the song should go! But I don’t think Kelly Clarkson would have sold as many albums. 16° to some of my northerner friends may sound like a heat wave, but it’s cold and working out in it… Not easy, glad it’s done, glad I did it. (Mental note, don’t over do PF Chang’s the night before your workout) on the upside I got to wear ALL my running layers at one time, that was fun and totally functional & necessary. And what does one wear? 3 thermal layers, 2
Sets of socks, and a head wrap on a pair of ears (sung to 12 days of Christmas) but at least I’m done, that’s right finished at 6:30 am, not started at 6:30 like some crazy people might think.

Workout Diary: Day 2: It’s awkward you excited about working out in 35° weather because it’s literally 20° warmer than it was last time you worked out. Feel the burn… Should that happen the rest of the day? Cause it did. But I also know that means it’s working right?

Workout Diary: Day 3: Keeping it honest and real, I did not go work out today. Since I’m documenting my boot camp workout I feel the need to be totally honest. I was running on only four hours of sleep, it was raining this morning, haven’t been feeling 100% health wise. I figured exercising in the cold rain probably wouldn’t be the best thing for my head congestion. So there you go, exercise well, never give up, and be honest with yourself, some days are a fail. I’ll be back again Monday.

Workout Diary: Day 4: Pressed through killer allergy issues, and realizing that I took a Benadryl (which knocks me out)… Not a Claritin, oops. Just grabbed one not thinking, oh well, even with all that and missing a day I am still down 1.5 pounds and feeling much stronger.

Workout Diary: day 5: We went to the “zoo” ironically the first thing I made mention of during warm-up is how much I can’t stand jumping it makes me dizzy and I feel like I’m going to barf every time… So of course that was my first animal?…. Yep, the frog…. felt like I was going to die about three times through the workout. But I didn’t! (obviously a rough I wouldn’t be writing this)… So yes I will I survived the zoo, I’m a little disappointed we never did go to the Penguin, I could do some waddles  on the upside… Or should I say the downside I’ve lost 6 pounds! Feeling very strong albeit little out of sorts and a little out of my league compared to the other folks in class but I know don’t compare yourself to others it never goes well.

Workout Diary: Day 6: So today we had to bear crawl, I’m thinking no big deal, did that all through elementary school P.E. even being the fat kid I was able to get down and back…. Then the kicker was we had to push a weighted Medicine ball. Still it rolls how hard could it be right?! As the seasoned gladiators were rolling, and slowing, and crawling and, then really more slinking, I began sinking… this looked hard. So now it’s my turn, and I can’t fail my other fellow bears, so crawl away, I’m flying (as well as a bear can fly) for the first ¼ thinking this is nothing, I got this. Then I start feeling it, not sure if it’s the ball or the bear, whichever its kicking my rear.. my legs are the only thing growling at this point, as I get to the end I roll my ball straight and somehow a 15-20 pound ball decides to take a sharp left detour, right into oncoming bear traffic… not cool… all said and done, I made it back, feeling more like a Koala than a grizzly but in the end I made it… RAWR!! Feeling great, after working hard, feeling like I was going to lose it a few times and then not feeling well due to the CRAZY Mountain Cedar. I feel like I am on my game now. Hard workouts produce solid results.

Her Story:

Since we registered before Christmas, we had couple of weeks to mentally prepare. What we were not prepared for was the extreme drop in temperature that first morning.  A mere 16 degrees in Texas, y’all!  Surely it would be canceled. I mean we are outside, right??? Nope. Apparently CG is like the postal service- “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers campers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Our alarms went off and I can honestly say we thought seriously about just staying warm under the covers. We were about to sacrifice our comfort for something I was not entirely sure we would be good at. (-That was the lack of sleep talking) Instead of hesitating any longer, we threw on a couple more layers, made sure our hands and heads were covered and went to workout. You know what? I’m so glad we did. The other campers were so friendly greeting us and encouraging us during or workouts, many having been through their first day many camps ago. We weren’t cold for long either. After our warm up and as long as we were moving, we were completely comfortable outside. As the temperatures rose over the week so did our confidence.

That first week we felt a little more soreness than I had anticipated but we were also doing completely different movements than what we had been used to. We had spent much of 2013 learning how to run, eat right and incorporate all those things into a lifestyle that worked, but this was a whole different level. By the end of week 2 the soreness subsided and we are feeling much more confident. Not necessarily confidence in our ability to perform but in our ability to complete each workout.

As I’m typing this update today, I can relate this experience to much more than my workout routine. I have to be willing to step out of where its comfortable and do the work in whatever my circumstance. When I have a difficult task at hand, usually God has already placed people specifically there to help, encourage and motivate me. Maybe some have even had the same journey before me. Maybe sometimes I’m still nervous and not confident in my abilities yet. And maybe that’s good. Maybe as we continually do things that strengthen us, relying on faith, BELIEVING to get through, it’s a good thing and we arrive at places we’d hoped for but really never thought possible. 

Now that you’ve read our story, I want to hear your story! C’mon, I’m here to believe in YOU. What are you believing you can accomplish in 2014?

 

 

Fitness Friday – Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes

Fitness Friday Update – Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes

Its hard to believe it’s already been a week and time for another Fitness Friday. I feel like I have so much to update on all the AWESOME fitness things that have happened this week.  Honestly, there have been so many wins! I started a new new boot-camp, went to a new fitness class, along with losing 2.5 lbs this week!! Winning all over the place , right?! One of the biggest wins I have discovered to help me in all this is the Arbonne Essentials Protein shakes.  I’m having a shake+ fiber in place of  2 meals a day as part of the Arbonne 30-Day Feeling Fit Detox plan I talked about last week.

Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes

With an active family like ours, my life is all over the place, literally. From school, to the gym, park, meetings, sports events, clubs, and lessons, we are EVERYWHERE all the time. I can throw a few simple scoops into my magic bullet and breakfast is made in under a minute. I am ensured to get enough of what I need in my diet because honestly, sometimes I forget to eat. Sometimes its breakfast, sometimes its lunch. I just hurry to the next thing until its been too long & my body is starving. Then I make ridiculous food choices that I am working off in the gym for the next 2 days and never really making any progress. Sound familiar? It’s sooooo not worth it. With the Arbonne Essential Protein shakes, I am also not hungry in-between meals so I’m not wasting calories snacking. These protein shakes have amazing health benefits but more than that the convenience makes me love them.

The taste of these shakes are absolutely delicious and never have that chalky taste that so many other protein powders have. It’s also made from vegan protein — pea, cranberry, and rice proteins, to be exact. So…. vegan protein, you say? Cool. Perhaps you understand proteins already. I didn’t really.  My first thought was “So what? A protein is a protein right??” NOPE. I quickly learned how different they can be and how some aren’t really good for you at all.( This will require a post all its own) All proteins aren’t equal. Vegan protein means no whey and no soy, and no cholesterol or trans fats. 

These really are so simple to make every morning by just following the directions but if you are someone (like me) who like to change things up a bit you can also throw in some great additions for a new recipe. Here are three of my favorites suggestions:

3 new ways to enjoy Arbonne Essentials Protein Shakes

I’ve been feeling great all week and I’ve been making so many healthy choices for myself! What have you done this week to make yourself proud? Comment below- Really, I want to cheer you on!!

 

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