The ENERGYbits Winner Is…

Happy Friday friends! Today I am dropping in to announce the winner of the ENERGYbits giveaway!

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Congratulations McKayla Parks! McKayla, I have already emailed you. :)

Thank you so much to all of you who participated. To those of you who are still interested in trying some of the bits, ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com. Jonathan (their Community Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits, or more info on their sample program. You can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com.

Before I go, I just want to apologize for my inconsistency this summer with my blog. I absolutely love writing here, but things have gotten so busy, and this week has been pretty stressful for me. Honestly, things will be pretty busy and stressful until school starts (probably more like until the first few weeks of school are over) because I have so much to do as far as preparing my classroom. So I hope I will be able to post here more often, but I know I will just have to see how things go. No one can do everything, and you have to prioritize things in your life. :)

Everyone have a great weekend! :)

Questions:

1. Do you have any awesome weekend plans?

2. Any teachers out there that have any advice for me as far as setting up my classroom? 

3. Have you ever tried ENERGYbits? What did you thing of them? 

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Energy Bits Review and Giveaway!

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great week last week! We had such a great time in Colorado, and we didn’t get back until after 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. Monday was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping, unpacking, and trying to get our house back to normal after being gone. I spent Tuesday in my classroom organizing things and then Ryan and I went to see our personal trainers for our first official workout last night! I will eventually share about our Colorado vacation, but for now I want to share an awesome product with y’all.

A while back energy bits  reached out to me about trying their product. I had heard great things about it, so I was very excited to try this natural energy source out!

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ENERGYbits is a Boston based sports nutrition company, and  the bits have the highest concentration of protein in the world. Plus, they deliver a steady stream of energy, and it’s all natural, which means no sugar, caffeine, chemicals or stomach distress. The bits contain natural antioxidants and Omega 3 which reduce muscle inflammation, iron which prevents fatigue, chlorophyll which builds the immune system and electrolytes which replenish mineral imbalances.Plus each tab is only one calorie!

I would use the bits to help fuel my runs and T25 workouts!

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One of the things I like best about ENERGYbits is that they are all natural because it is actually food, not a supplement. The only ingredient in these bits are 100% organically grown spirulina algae. Algae  has actually been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but it is not well known in the United States and Canada.

I would also use the ENERGYbits to help fuel for my hour long body pump class!

IMG_6981 Since each tab is only one calorie, I did learn that for me at first I wasn’t having enough bits to fuel my body the way it needed. A serving size is 30 bits (only 30 calories!), but at first I would just take 10 or 15 bits, and that wasn’t enough. I would say 30 bits work best, which is probably why that is the suggested serving size. ;) I would just swallow the bits with water like they were pills.

Now if you aren’t sold on the major nutritional value in these bits, check out this graph that compares ENERGYbits to other types of fuel.

Energy Bits Nutritional Comparison Chart Impressed yet?  I hope so! :)

The only negative thing about ENERGYbits in my opinion is that they are a little pricey, but since it is all natural and organic, I understand why it is more expensive than other brands. But lucky for one of you ENERGYbits is giving away a sample to one of you so you can try it out without worrying about price! And if you don’t win the giveaway you can still receive a discount to buy the bits!

So you should all obviously enter right away to try to win some ENERGYbits! But I am super sorry to my international friends; this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. :(
The giveaway will be open until Thursday night at midnight.
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Questions:

What have you all been up to lately? Catch me up since I’ve been gone a whole week!

 

 

 

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The Skoop Giveaway Winner Is…

Hi friends! The Skoop Giveaway ended this morning at midnight, so the winner has been randomly chosen.

Congratulations to Megan from the Lyons’ Share! She won by following Healthy Skoop on Twitter. Megan, I have already emailed you. :) If you can just email me back and let me know what flavor you want I can let Skoop know so that you can get your prize ASAP!

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the giveaway. If you didn’t win and would still like to order Skoop feel free to check out my website HERE. If you have any questions about the product feel free to email me and shoot me any questions. :)

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend! And in case you missed my post yesterday, we are on vacation so you won’t be hearing from me for a while. I’ll be back soon. :)

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This Runner is At It Again

Well guys, I have some news to share with y’all. I have known this for about two weeks, I just haven’t shared it yet.

I will be doing my second marathon in January!

IMG_5925 I signed up with a group of people for the lottery for the Houston Marathon in January, and our group got in! My cousin is running the full and my aunt is doing the half (I signed up with them and their running group), so I am glad they will be running it too. I am super excited about this race because I definitely think I can improve from my first marathon, especially since I ran with some injuries in that race.

I am currently looking for a good marathon training plan, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. I have looked into the Run the Edge Ultimate training plan and some of the Hal Higdon training plans. I want a plan that will add in speed work in order for me to get faster and cross training so that I can get stronger and reduce my chance for injury. If you know of other plans besides the ones I mentioned I would be open to those too!

Also, Ryan and I are leaving this afternoon to go to his parents’ house because we are all leaving to go to Colorado this weekend! We are so excited! His family goes to Colorado every summer, and we couldn’t make it last summer, so we are really ready to go this year. We will get to his parents’ house late tonight, drive half way to Colorado tomorrow night, stay the night somewhere Friday and then get up and drive the rest of the way to Colorado Saturday! We will be there a whole week, and I can’t wait for all of the fun, relaxing times ahead!

kayaking in Colorado This is Ryan and I kayaking two years ago in Colorado. :) We will be doing some more of this!

Since we will be on vacation, I probably won’t be posting. I will make sure to catch y’all  up on everything when I get back though. But you can follow me on Instagram and keep up with a little of our trip since I’m sure I will be posting pictures.

Don’t worry, I will still have a quick post tomorrow morning to say who won the Skoop Giveaway! The giveaway closes at midnight tonight, so you still have time to enter if you haven’t!

Now it’s time for me to go shower and get ready for my dentist appointment and finish packing! I’m praying I don’t have cavities like last time!

Questions:

1. What are your plans this weekend?

2. Have you ever been to Colorado? If so, what did you do there?

3. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? I have always wanted to go to Greece!

 

 

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What a Personal Trainer Told Me

I have some awesome news I never shared with y’all! Last week Ryan and I joined a gym! We were both so excited about this, because as most of y’all know, gyms can be pretty expensive. We found a great one though that is only $10 a month per person. Plus, it’s a fantastic gym with a ton of group fitness classes that I enjoy! I fully plan on taking full advantage of that $10 per month fee. I’m sure I will be as strong as Wonder Woman one day. ;)

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Whenever you join our gym, you get a free fitness evaluation with a personal trainer, so Ryan and I both met with separate trainers last night. Before I did anything the trainer talked to me about my fitness level, diet, and what my goals were. I told him my goals were to get faster (I told him I was a runner) and stronger, specifically more arm strength (I’m really lacking in the arm strength department, and I feel like I work on my arms a lot!). After we chatted he weighed me and found out my body fat percentage, which was really cool for me since I have never found out my body fat percentage before.

After this he took me through a workout to see where I was fitness wise. I did a seven minute warm-up on the elliptical and then I got into the harder stuff. I went through a bunch of different exercises, and ended with leg press and lat pull downs. Those were actually the only two machines I used the whole time; everything else was either body weight, barbells, or the medicine ball. Maybe one day I will be able to do a one arm pushup like this study of a baby.

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When we finished we went back to a table and discussed what I specifically needed for my own workouts. He said I was in great shape, and my muscular endurance was great, I just need to work on my muscular strength. He could tell that I did a lot of HIIT style workouts and used body weight strength exercises a lot. He told me I really needed to focus on doing some higher weight workouts with lower reps. I have actually been trying to do this more lately, but I know I should do it more if I really want to get stronger. He also mentioned some speed workouts to me since he knew I wanted to get faster, and I told him I could definitely use more of those in my workout regimen.

Ryan joined us soon and my trainer began to talk to us about different plans for having a personal trainer. As much as Ryan and I would love to have a personal trainer, it’s just way too expensive for us right now. However, the man who had been working with us offered us another deal for much less money where we could 8 sessions (4 for each of us) for a relatively low price just so we can get started and get ideas for the type of workouts that will help both of us reach out fitness goals. This interested us more, but being the cheap person I am who likes to get the best deal possible, I told him it was still kind of expensive, and asked if he had something for a little less. He said this was the best price he could offer, but he did add on two more sessions, to make it 10 sessions (5 for each of us) for the same price! *Lesson for everyone reading, always ask if they can go lower on the price or make you a better deal. Either they will say yes or no, so it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have found that most of the time you can get a better deal. Thanks Mom for teaching me this! :) *

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So Ryan and I signed up to have a trainer for five weeks, where we will both get a one hour session a week. We are very excited about this, and I’m excited to see how personal training works. I am interested in getting my personal trainer certification, so I think going through this will really give me an idea if this is something I want to do!

I thought my trainer was spot on when he quickly noticed that muscular endurance wasn’t something I need to be focusing on right now, it’s strength and speed. I am excited to have a professional help me work towards my fitness goals!

I hope you all have a great Wednesday! I have several things to get done so I’m ready to tackle the day! I plan on going up to the gym later too! Gotta get my money’s worth on that monthly payment. ;)

Also, don’t forget to sign up for my Skoop giveaway! The giveaway is open until tomorrow night; this is something I think most of y’all will love!

Questions:

1. Have you ever had a personal trainer? Did you like him or her? 

2. If you are a personal trainer, what do you recommend me getting my certification through? I am looking into ACSM right now.

3. What are your current fitness goals?

4. Would you rather work out at a gym or at home? I like having both options. :)

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