Cowtown, abs + giveaway

Today is the official start of Cowtown race weekend for me! Ally and I each have a 5k in the morning, but mine will not be run for time. This week has been busy which is good, it has kept my mind off the fact that I can’t run.

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I’ve been busy making a list and pulling some stuff together to get packed. I’m really, really OCD and will probably be over packed, but I want to have something extra in case the weather changes. Still undecided about shorts vs. capris. The weather at the start for Saturday shows 54 degrees and Sunday shows 43. Those are perfect temps. I’m planning to wear my new Race Ragz shirt on Saturday, can’t wait to give it a test run.

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The Cowtown always has a great expo. Can’t wait to get there!

Abs, abs and more abs. Today is the Up & Down Plank.  Are you getting it done?

Fab Abs February

Thanks to Active Accessories we have another set of the bracelet Hair bands to give away this week. The giveaway is for 1 set of the hair bands, winner’s choice.

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It runs from 8AM CST February 21, 2014 until 8PM CST February 26, 2014. You must be a US resident to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Did you work out today?

Get a few miles in for me today!

Anyone else racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Friday Fab abs, giveaway + new blog design

It’s Friday!! I’m doing the happy dance here! It’s also 9 days til Cowtown!

I got a new header and a new design on the blog! I’m so excited. The look is cleaner and more “put together”. What do you think?

Day 14 on our ab calendar is the toe touch.

  Fab Abs February

I have been working my abs all month. I really like these new exercises, it breaks up the monotony of the same thing. I can definitely feel it!

We are going to have an absolutely gorgeous weekend here, high’s in the 70′s. Our Moms Run this Town chapter is running our virtual race tomorrow morning. I love getting together with this group to run and encourage each other!

Active Accessories is teaming up with us this month to continue giveaways. We have another set of hair band bracelets to give away. Congrats to Maria H, she won the set from last week!

There are multiple ways to earn entries in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway runs from 8AM CST February 14, 2014 until 8PM CST February 19, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. You must be a US resident to enter. The winner will be notified via email. Winner chooses the style.

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Did you workout today?

Are you working on your abs this month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Snow, abs and a giveaway

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We got snow here yesterday. Actual snow, big flakes. We usually only get ice. Of course, it’s ice now. Crazy Texans don’t know how to drive in snow or ice and there were so many accidents yesterday. Our schools are closed for today and that equals lots of happy kids! We may get more today.

Here’s the view from my office yesterday.

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What better way to start the weekend than abs and a giveaway? We are on day 7 of the calendar. Today’s exercise is the Russian Twist. I like doing this one with a medicine ball or holding a weight in my hand.

Fab Abs February

Active Accessories has given us a few more giveaways for February!

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I have hair ties from them and love them! They have so many cute patterns out now that I think I’m going to have to order some more. I have some that say ‘Run’ on them and they are my favorite, I wear them as bracelets too on casual days.

Aren’t these cute??

I love the Chevron pattern. This giveaway is for one set of Hair Band Bracelets, winner chooses the color. It ends 8PM CST February 12, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. You must be a US Resident to receive the prize. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

You can earn several entries in the Rafflecopter below.

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Did you workout today?

Are you working through the abs calendar with me?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 31: Month in review

This is it! Did you hit your goals for the month. I think I did pretty good. I got my nutrition back on track, clothes are fitting a little better. I was able to add an extra day in the gym.

Today is normally my rest day, but I have a gym date with my hubby tonight. YAY! I will take it easy on my legs since I have 20 miles tomorrow!

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Sara wrote four workouts for us this month. Did you add any of them to your routine?

If you missed them, here they are:

Then there’s the treadmill intervals I started doing. It has made the treadmill a little more bearable.

And of course, January Jumpstart was made possible by awesome giveaways from these supporters! Go show them some love!

We still have plenty of giveaways going on, check them out here, here, here, and here!

Did you workout today?

What’s one thing you changed or started this month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 27: Goals Check + Giveaway

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Anyone else feel like that? This month has flown by! I wish time would slow down a little. It may have something to do with the fact that I’m counting down to my marathon, that is probably making time go faster.

Monday brings goals check time. How’d you do this week?

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I did ok this week. Not great but good.

  • Eating out: I caved and ate fast food for lunch on Friday. It was a moment of weakness.
  • Water: really good! Maybe the best week ever!
  • Weight: I was up slightly on Friday morning, but I’ll just give it my best this week.
  • Food: I did track it, even on the bad days.
  • Workouts: Ran fewer miles, but got some good workouts it. Tried wall balls with squats for the first time.

Overall I’m pleased with my progress. I’m definitely headed in the right direction. I just have to keep making good choices and change those bad habits.

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It wouldn’t be Monday without a giveaway from Active Accessories. We have one more On-the-Go accessory pouch to give away. This one is black with white polka dots. Isn’t it adorable??

There are several ways to earn entries in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 27, 2014 until 8PM CST January 31, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a US resident to receive the prize.

Go visit their page and give Active Accessories lots of love for all the giveaways this month!

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Did you workout today?

Try any new workouts this month?

How’s the weather where you are?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 20: Goals Check, giveaway and a contest!

I have a big favor to ask everyone! Zooma has started an inspiring blogger contest. Whoever wins gets a trip for 2 to the Napa Valley race AND gets to give away a trip on their blog to a reader. I’d love your vote, you can find the info here.

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It’s Monday again! (yep every week) It’s also day 20 and goals check time.

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January Jumpstart is about fitness, it’s about goals, about trying new things (scary I know), it’s about getting back on track or starting from scratch. Wherever you are in your journey I’m glad you are following along. It’s time to update you on my goals.

  • Food: tracking every single day. Did not have fast food for lunch last week. Yesterday wasn’t a great food day. I think Saturday’s 18 miles was catching up and I was hungry and fighting a headache all day long.
  • Water: doing good, but Saturday was not near enough. (probably what triggered the headache)
  • Workouts: good, marathon training is trucking along and I am headed to the gym this morning.
  • Close to about 2.5 pounds off since January 1.

The weather here has been great on the weekend. John was able to grill dinner Saturday night for a change. Ally has started pitching practice as well. Softball will start up soon. I’m glad she decided to play again.

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We have Active Accessories on deck again this Monday for a giveaway. This week it’s the On-the-Go Accessory pouch in black! There are several ways to enter in the rafflecopter. This giveaway runs from 8AM CST January 20, 2014 until 8PM CST January, 24, 2014. The winner will be contacted January 25, 2014.

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No purchase necessary. You must be a US resident to win. Void where prohibited by law.

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Just a reminder there’s a January JumpStart board on Pinterest. I’ve pinned all the blog posts and a few exercises in there as well. You can find the board here.

How are you doing on your goals?

Are you checking them each week?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart: Day 13, Goals Check + Giveaway

Welcome to day 13 of January Jumpstart! It’s Monday, let’s make this a great week. Did you stay on course this weekend? If not, it’s ok, today is a new day. We get another chance. I’m starting the week with Goals Check.

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  • I logged food every single day so far.
  • Down 1.4 pounds since January 1!
  • Water intake has been pretty good.
  • No fast food for lunch since December 30 and only once for dinner so far.

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We have another awesome giveaway today from Active Accessories. This week the On-the-Go Accessory Pouch in Pink and Gray Polka Dots. The giveaway starts today, January 13, 2014 at 9AM CST and ends January 17, 2014 at 8PM CST. Winner will be notified January 18. No purchase necessary to win. Must be a US Resident to receive the prize. Void where prohibited by law.

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Don’t forget the Sweaty Bands giveaway ends January 14!

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Did you work out today?

How are you doing on your goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart: Day 7

It’s day 7! It’s cold here and I’m a wimp. 18 degrees sent me indoors again. It was technically a gym day but if it had been warmer I would have run outside.

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My workout today was at the gym. I did 3 miles of intervals on the treadmill, a few arm reps and the sauna! You can’t see it very well, but I have on a new headband from Sweaty Bands. Watch for a giveaway from them coming this month!

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I’m bringing back Plank-A-Day into my routine. It doesn’t take long but it does your body good! I found this list of 25 different planks to try. I’m going to incorporate some of these as well as the standard plank. I need to get that time back up. I was at 2 minutes last January and let is slip. I’m at about 45-60 seconds now.

25 Plank Variations

Don’t forget about the Active Accessories giveaway going on. We’d love for you to register for the challenge so we have your info if you win something. You can do that here. It’s not mandatory, it just makes contacting you easier. You can find all the posts on the January Jumpstart page on the blog.

How are the temps where you are?

Did you workout today?

Do you do plank a day?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 6: goals & a giveaway

Happy Monday! It’s Day 6 of January Jumpstart! How was your weekend? Did you stay on track?

I did pretty good considering how my weekends have been going that last 8 weeks or so. I tracked all my food and I’m mostly pleased. Gotta start somewhere. I’m bringing back Goals Check Monday. I like to check my goals each week, it helps to stay on track that way.

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  • Tracking food: did well. Tracked every day since January 1.
  • Water: pretty good, can always do better.
  • Workouts: good, I got weights, abs and my runs in.
  • No fast food! I’ve made it 5 whole days so far!

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We have an awesome giveaway starting today! Active Accessories is a great supporter, this week we have 1 On-the-Go accessory pouch in black to give away. I love mine, I’ve had it for a year. It stays in my gym bag. I put my drivers license and ID in there when I go run or to the gym. It has bobby pins, safety pins, chapstick, and a hair tie in it.  It will hold my phone as well.

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There are several ways to earn entries in the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway starts at 8AM CST January 6, 2014 and ends 8PM CST January 10, 2014. The winner will be announced January 11, 2014. You must be a US resident to receive the prize. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Today is a rest day for me. I will hopefully get more sit ups and a few weight reps in tonight before bed. I’m bringing back plank a day too. More on that tomorrow! I also couldn’t resist the urge to get on the scale this morning, it was good news! Gotta stay motivated!

Did you workout today?

How did you do on your goals the first week?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Review, #GoalsCheck and Giveaway!

Disclosure notice

Happy hump day everyone! Have you all had a great week? My legs are still recuperating from my race, but I did get to the gym this morning for a really early swim! I am hoping to keep that up. I like it, but it is hard work! Any swimmers out there? Do you have any tips for me?

So, who completed the Squat Challenge for May? If you didn’t it’s OK, you can start fresh with me today! I’ve got 130 to get done today!

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  • Swimming!
  • Weights: still trucking along, I will have to use my light weights at home this week. Not sure I’ll make it to the gym on Saturday. I have a mud run then my daughter’s softball game!
  • Water: I did good this week!
  • Home organization….(crickets chirping) Yikes! Things will slow down soon and I’ll be able to tackle that again! One room at a time.
  • Reading: this needs to get added to the list. I’m so behind on book club reading. This makes me sad.
  • In case you missed it, I hit a major goal in my half on Monday!

Active Accessories Review and Giveaway!

I love reviewing awesome products and then being able to give one away! Earlier in the month we had hair bands to give away from Active Accessories. They also sent a On-The-Go Accessory pouch. At first I was thinking I wouldn’t use it much, but it turns out I use it every time I leave the house for a run or to the gym. I throw my ID, debit card or some cash in it. It also holds my cell phone.  I have extra safety pins, hair bands and bobby pins in there too.

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From the Active Accessories Website: Features

  • Ripstop Nylon Exterior – Water resistant, light weight (2.2 ounces) and very durable
  • Polyester Interior – Strong yet soft fiber to cushion valuables
  • “Perfect” Size – Large enough to hold your smart phone, but small enough for your earrings
  • Snap Button Holder – Inside button allows you to clip in rings or hoop earrings
  • Ripstop Nylon Handle with Hook – Use the pouch as a clutch or clip it onto any bag
  • Dimensions: 5.9″ x 3.7″ x .8″ Unit Weight: 2.2 ounces Warranty: 90 days

On the go

The Rafflecopter has several ways to enter! This sweepstakes is for 1 Pink Active Accessories on-the-go pouch. Contest is open from 8AM CST May 29, 2013 until 8PM CST June 1, 2013. Winner will be announced on Sunday, June 2, 2013. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. You must be a US Resident to receive the prize.

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You can link up your goals here! Did you workout today?

Have a great week!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1