January Jumpstart: Day 10, lean legs + Sweaty Bands giveaway

Happy Friday and we’ve made it 10 days!

Sara wrote up another great workout, she included demonstration videos below it. Let’s get those legs in shape! That side plank with leg lifts is definitely getting added to my regular routine!

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Have you ever heard of Sweaty Bands? I found them recently and asked if they wanted to participate in January Jumpstart. I’m so happy I did. I love this head band! I was a skeptic about it staying in place, but it does. I worked out in it and didn’t have to mess with it one time. And then of course, as usual, Ally steals it. She wore it to school and track and I’m scared I won’t get it back!

I haven’t worn mine on an outside run yet, I’ve had to wear ear warmers. I wore it to the gym for 3 miles on the treadmill and it stayed put. Can’t wait to try it out on a run when it gets warmer outside.

Please excuse the 5AM hair-do!

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Sweaty Bands was started in 2007 in a basement! Gotta love it. They have grown and now have their own warehouse and Nordstrom even carries them! The prints are cute and bright, with lots of colors and patterns to choose from. The best way to wear your Sweaty Band is close to your hair line.

You can find Sweaty Bands on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!

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I’m excited to offer this navy and white Sweaty Bands to give away. You can earn several entries in the Rafflecopter widget. It’s open from 8AM CST on January 10, 2014 until 8PM CST January 14, 2014. The winner will be announced January 15. You must be a US Resident to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Have you tried Sweaty Bands before?

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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

DIY Workout Binder

Hello all ya’ll at How My World Runs!  I’m flattered to guest post on Sarah’s blog today!  My name is Sara and I run She cooks, She crafts, She Runs.  I’m super pumped to bring you and little something that I’m pretty proud of.

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Several years ago I kept getting my workout magazines like Self, Fitness, Womens Health, even Cosmo and tearing out those cool idea pages they have featuring workouts.  I ended up with scraps of magazines everywhere.  So one day I wised up and pulled out old college binder and some clear inserts and made myself a workout binder.
I have years and years of tear outs, Jillian Michaels workouts prints, and post its of workouts…all in one place.  I get super bored doing the same old, same old at the gym and I love doing bootcamp like workouts.  This is the ultimate idea board all in one nifty little binder.
So next time you see a cool new kettlebell write up in a mag, tear it out, and stick in in an insert and Viola!  Eliminate boredom with your every growing library in one little binder.
Want to see more of my stuff?


What I ate (and did) Wednesday

It’s What I Ate Wednesday! I’m a creature of habit so I had my usual breakfast of bagel, peanut butter and banana. I was going to eat Almond butter but apparently I put it in the pantry and it’s supposed to be refrigerated. So, I’ll have to buy another jar.

I went to the gym after dropping Ally at school. I was absolutely starving when I left there, I drank my water, ran my errands and tried not to focus on food. I grabbed a smoothie from Smoothie King about 11 and then had a snack after that. As I’m typing this, I’m hungry again.

I had a great workout at the gym, cardio and lots of weights, lunges and ab work. I hope I can walk tomorrow!

82 minutes = 680 calories!


I’ve been lacking on my planking, back on the train today!



I grabbed a new snack at the store today. Special K is how I started my journey 2 years ago, I was eating their protein bars as meal replacements for about the first 2-3 weeks to break my bad lunch habits. My co-worker found these new popcorn snacks and they are pretty good!


Wednesday is also usually errand day, so of course there were errands and….taxes!  I should really pay someone to do them! It’s also eat out night and Ally chose Culver’s so I know dinner won’t be a perfect choice. It happens sometimes, my lifestyle change is not about restricting foods. That will lead to failure. It’s why nothing ever worked for me before.

I am getting back in the habit of entering my food in My Fitness Pal. Anyone use that app? It’s really great to help keep you on track.

And another snack to satisfy my craving for chocolate and caramel.

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I also got a new toy today, a Samsung ChromeBook. It’s going to take some getting used to, but so far I really like it. It was really easy to set up and it’s light. I will like being able to carry it around a lot easier than our other laptop. We are Mac people but I just needed something smaller and easier to travel with and to use for blogging.

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It’s also only 4 days until Rock N’ Roll!  Can’t wait to show you what I’m wearing.

Great run and Empower Fitness review!

One of those great runs!

It’s not often but once in a while a run happens to be great! Everything is in line – pace and breathing, I feel like I could just keep running! I had one of those runs this morning, it was “only” 4.28 miles but at a sub-10 pace and it was great!


 Meal prepping

I’m not a regular at prepping meals, it just happens sometimes. Sunday afternoon was one of those days. My husband grilled chicken and pineapple and I made rice and veggies for us to eat for a few days. We’ll see what we come up with for next week!


Empower Fitness

Has anyone ever used a Kettle Bell? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago when I got one from Empower Fitness. I always look at it sitting there in the gym, thinking what could I do with it? I’ve used a medicine ball with my Russian twists but not the kettle bell.

I got the adjustable one, so you can change the weight around and have anywhere from 5, 8, or 12 pounds. I’ve also used just the 4 pound add on with my sit-ups. It’s so easy to change the weight, once you figure out the “trick” to it. Each weight locks into the other.

My husband had it out of the box pretty quick, luckily I had already taken pictures of it!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


We also finally convinced our 11 year old daughter that lifting light weights will help her softball swing, so guess who’s also been using it. I take all the weights off and she uses the Kettlebell by itself which is 5 pounds.


The whole family is enjoying this new addition to our workout routines.  Watch for an announcement soon, you will have a chance to win something from Empower!

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Are you participating in our exercise challenge this week? Shelly introduced side lateral raises here.

Did you workout today?

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Crazy week and 2 races this weekend!

Finally I’m back in business! Blog is mostly up, I can at least write this post so that’s improvement. Thank you RFE Hosting! So, here I am in the world of self-hosting. Not much has changed on the back side, it’s still WordPress so at least I don’t have to learn everything new. Still a few things to work out, but I’m glad to be back.

This week has been taper week for me leading up to 2 races this weekend ~ a 5k on Saturday with Ally and my half marathon on Sunday! Cowtown here we come!

I worked out on Tuesday and Wednesday this week but I’ve been resting since then (feeling like I’m lazy). Rest days and taper week is hard for me.



I had a new toy to try out this week. Bought I rice cooker, I know we are living on the edge here! Made baked fish I bought from Costco with brown rice and veggies in the cooker and it was probably my favorite meal this week.


And here are a few of the foods we’ve been eating this week!


I’m excited about this week, feels like forever since I’ve raced. I’ll keep you all posted!

Hope you all had a great week. We have a new exercise for you today from Running Pfuhl. This one is a killer ab and leg workout! Don’t forget to tag us on Twitter with #thth!

I just got accepted to be an affiliate for Personal Savers. If you don’t know about them, they make personal safety products (ie. mace) and it comes ready to go on your wrist, stroller, bag, bike or hand held! I’ll have a review and more info up soon. You can check them out here. I also have a link on my blog.

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Anyone else racing this weekend? Try any new workouts lately?