Wednesday

Skora Running Shoes... Even better! Review and Giveaway!

A few months ago I did a review and giveaway on Skora Running shoes. You can read about it Here!
I really love my Skora Running shoes, but I didn't like running with them on concrete as much as running on a treadmill or grass. When I was discussing this with other runners and my contact at Skora, it was brought to my attention that Skora had created the Skora Fit Shoe. This shoe has more padding and is geared toward someone who wants minimal but needs more from their shoe... that is me. Skora Running shoes are definitely minimal, but my feet can't handle completely minimal. The Skora Fit Shoe is amazing.  
The website describes the following: "Crafted on our anatomical REALFIT last from a seamless piece of stretch airmesh, FIT provides an unparalleled level of comfort with support and 
stretch provided where you need it most."
"Coolest shoes ever!" -a fifth grader 

These may be my favorite shoes yet! You have to try them. They are also very cool looking. One of my 5th grade students told me that they were "the coolest shoes ever" and they looked like "space running shoes!"  I love it! And  I agree. The look is amazing! 

While I am not cleared to run yet, I have gone on some walks with them and I love them. They are supportive and make my feet feel great! You need to try them, or hey try to win them. Check out the giveaway below.
Copper wishes they had some his size too!

Right now they are offering a site-wide semi-annual sale of 25% off.  What a deal! Skora Running shoes are only sold through their website. Tell them Mindy's Fitness Journey sent you!!! And when you refer a friend, you will get $15!!!! 


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Thursday

Turning Up the Heat with Thermo Heat

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Thermo Heat.

I have been recovering from surgery for the past two weeks, and about a week ago, I started taking Thermo Heat Fat Burners. I have had some medical stuff going on since October, and my workouts have not been what I want or need them to be. I am ready to get back to the gym, but I don't have clearance for another 4 weeks. I decided adding walks and Thermo Heat would be a great jump start. And I was right!

The first thing I did when I received the product was read the label. I was happy to hear that I was supposed to start out slowly and take one capsule in the morning and one at lunch 30 min. before my meal. The first day, I didn't eat for about an hour after I took it, and I was a little worried that I was not going to like this. Luckily once I ate, I felt fine. I realized that I had better stick to following directions.

I definitely feel that it suppressed my appetite. I don't feel like eating between meals, and I have even had to make myself have a piece of fruit or cottage cheese for a snack. This is HUGE for me. Snacking a is big weakness.

I haven't found a huge increase in my heart rate just doing my day to day things, which is good, and I have had a lot of energy to get things done. I have a ton of things to do right now because I am in the process of moving and starting a new career. It is helping me get my butt moving!

It's also pushed me to go for walks with my family and our dog. It's so easy to get out of the habit of exercise. I am cleared for walking, so I need to get into the habit of doing that a lot now!


I am not always a big supporter of trying supplements to lose weight, but I really like what this owner stands for.
"I am committed to discovering the truth about which dietary supplements work and which ones don’t. AML will donate a percentage of its company profits to university studies at prestigious institutions to further the science of performance nutrition and wellness. AML’s partnership with the scientific community will show our corporate commitment and provide the consumer with credible, new information on safe, legal, scientifically designed performance products. - See more at: http://www.advancedmolecularlabs.com/about-us/"

There are a number of studies available for you as well. http://www.advancedmolecularlabs.com/clinical-studies/

The product information has information about the efficacy of Thermo Heat.
http://www.advancedmolecularlabs.com/our-products/


I highly recommend trying this product!  I think you will enjoy it.

Question: Do you take any supplements? What do you take?

Wednesday

Drip Drop Hydration Review and Giveaway!

I was chosen by Girls Gone Sporty to try out Drip Drop! Hydration.
Well, two weeks ago, I had surgery. I told Drip Drop! that I may not be able to try it because I wouldn't be working out. They suggested I use it during my recovery from surgery. I had a hysterectomy, and I knew it would take some time to recover. I was given 2 flavors (lemon and berry.) You can purchase this at their STORE.

Drip Drop! sells itself as "Great-tasting, medical grade hydration powder." Dehydration is something I don't ever want to deal with and with summer being here, I am VERY careful with myself and my son. I was definitely curious about the fact that it claimed to be "medical grade." The box said it had 2-3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks... That is a lot! It also says it has less sugar than gatorade. That is really important for me on my fitness journey.

I didn't realize how thirsty I would feel after surgery and how hard it would be to drink fluids right away. The day after surgery, I decided to try the lemon flavored Drip Drop! It comes in a powder that I mixed with water. I did have to shake my water bottle up to get it mixed well.  It tasted really great and I did feel a whole lot better. Later that day I tried the berry. I liked the lemon a bit better than the berry personally. I was surprised at how great it tasted!
figure from www.dripdrop.com
Who Uses Drip Drop!
Medical Community: Leading doctors, nurses, and dietitians recommend Drip Drop as a safe and better-tasting alternative to conventional ORS and pediatric formulas.
Athletes: Athletes deserve better than sugary sports drinks. That’s why more and more top athletes use Drip Drop to perform better and recover faster.
Parents + Kids: Drip Drop was formulated by a family physician who grew tired of prescribing poor-tasting pediatric beverages to his patients. The result? Powerful hydration in a taste kids love.
Illness: "Whether you’re managing a chronic condition or a stomach bug, Drip Drop replenishes the fluids and electrolytes your body needs to recover.
Travelers: Traveling makes us all dehydrated. Drip Drop is a portable defense against long lines, high altitude, jetlag, and misadventures in unfamiliar cuisine.
Military: The Military doesn’t mess around with hydration. Power, taste, and portability are why US Special Forces continue to rely on Drip Drop over other formulas.
Seniors: Seniors are more prone to dehydration than others. Drip Drop gives seniors the energy and peace of mind to enjoy a healthy lifestyle at any age.

Giveaway:
I am working with a group of bloggers and Drip Drop! on a giveaway. Drip Drop! is giving away 5 hydration kits, each including 3 boxes of Drip Drop, a t-shirt, water bottle, lip balm, and tote bag. You can check out the contest here

Discount Code: The promo code is GoneSporty20 for a 20% discount (expires July 31st). Once the giveaway URL is ready, you can post your blogs. Use GONESPORTY20 to get 20% off in the Drip Drop Store. This code expires July 31st. 




What do you use for hydration?

Sunday

KnockOut Panties Giveaway!!!

As you may already know, I just did a review with a discount code for Knock out!® Smart Panties™ and now they have offered a giveaway! You know how I love giveaways!  

Guess What??? They want to give away a week's worth of underwear!!!! How amazing is that???



You need to first go look at my post about Knock out!® Smart Panties™  and then come back here and enter my giveaway!!!  You can see my post here and get $25 off til June 20.  The Giveaway ends on June 21st. Get entered!!!



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Wednesday

Knock out!® Smart Panties™ and other gear and $25 discount

See below for $25 off discount!
A few months ago, I was contacted by Knock out!® Smart Panties™ on Twitter.  I had never heard of this company, and I only saw that they sold panties. My first thought was that I was a teacher and a mom and could never write a review about panties.  My son would die, and I wouldn't want my students to find this blog... That's when I found out that Knock out!® Smart Panties™ was a whole lot more than panties!!!  And they even have clothing for men! (My boyfriend has already ordered a white undershirt that is odor resistant and the underarms won't yellow... That is awesome!) I will admit that a good pair of panties is VERY important when it comes to my workouts. I need there to be some performance built in. And these have that little something for sweat and other leaks that may happen during workouts. We all know that we can't wear our Victoria Secret panties to the gym... those do not work! Knock out!® Smart Panties™ are soft and sexy, but they also have patented technology that protects from wetness and odor all day, everyday! "The liner has an all natural odor absorbing treatment and dual-action wicking fibers built right into the 100% cotton fabric. Thin, breathable and natural, you won't believe how much protection is packed into such a small area!" 
Every garment is Made in the USA and that makes me happy! 
I was also lucky enough to try out the Reversi-tee. This is a shirt that you can wear 2 different ways. I love it! I usually wear it with the V-neck, but I can also wear it with the scoop neck in the front. It's my favorite shirt! I wear it as often as possible! 
They also sent me the Workout Warriors Anytime Pants. I LOVE these pants. They have a built in liner so you don't need to wear underwear. This Pant goes from PJ, to yoga, to loungewearThey are so comfy!  
Honestly, this stuff is not cheap, but I have learned that quality is worth the price. These panties and clothes are worth it! Please go check it out! 
You need to head over to knockoutpanties.com and sign up for their mailing list. When you do, you will qualify for their discount. Your discount is $25 off for the next three days! Don't delay.  In order to get the discount, in the "how did you hear about us" field, type "Blog" during check out. This will give you the discount. The discount code is:  MFJ2014 - It is a $25 off discount.  That's right $25!!!

So what are you going to buy??? Comment below! I am dying to know! 

Tuesday

Review and Giveaway of UA SPEEDFORM® RC

You can learn more about these awesome shoes here: http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/speedform 



 

I was sent these shoes two weeks ago, and I am loving them. They are great for running or walking. My feet feel like they are walking/running on air! These shoes weigh 6 oz. Seriously... that is so light! The seams are virtually nonexistent... they call it "ultrasonic" but I would not have even known there were seams because the shoes are so smooth. That makes for some comfy piggies indeed! They use a Micro G® cushioning in the heel that rebounds the impact into forward momentum. I am not the best runner, so I love this feature. I can use all the help I can get!!! They have a minimalist appeal as well.  The drop is 6mm. 

I am a huge Under Armour fan. I wear only UA capris for working out and love all of my sweat wicking tops from them.  I worked a campaign with FitFluential a few months ago and got my first pair of UA shoes. I liked them, but now that I have tried these, I realize the importance of the weight of the shoe. I am not sure I could run in heavy shoese again. 

These shoes actually fit my feet. I was a bit nervous at first because my feet are wide, but these shoes fit perfectly. Their inspiration came from spacesuits and they paired that with the material innovation of a bra to create a seamless heel cup.... (yes, a bra!) UA SPEEDFORM® is a new way of making footwear. 



Best of all, my son thinks I look really cool in them :) And let's be honest... if I have his approval, then I must be a really cool mom! Right?

We are very lucky because Under Armour is giving a pair of SPEEDFORM® RC on my blog! Yay! Yes, that means YOU can win a pair too! 


What kind of shoes do you run in? 



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Sunday

Nokia Icon Review #VZWFF


The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Verizon Wireless.

I will be completely honest... I am a droid snob. I was very nervous about trying this new Nokia Lumia Icon phone. I loved the sleek look, and I knew that I was being "boxed" in with my droid. I decided to try it. FitFluential and Verizon recently joined together to review the Galaxy 4. I have been using that phone ever since.  

Now, I have been given the chance to try the Nokia Lumia Icon. The first thing I fell in love with was the phone itself. I love the "cool" (temperature) feel of the phone. And it fits perfectly in my hand. Being left handed, phones are sometimes hard to use. This phone has the on/off button at the exact height of my index finger. (For you righties, it's thumb level)  I bet some of you never even thought about us lefties... Yes it's backwards for us :) But Nokia remembered us!!

I am also loving the photos! It has outstanding image quality, super video with fantastic sound due to the high quality mics. It has 20 MP sensor with Zeiss optics with Optical and Digital Stabilization. You can zoom in after you take the photo and then reframe and you don't lose photo quality! This reframe function gets thumbs up :)

This is a screenshot... so cool
An added feature that I didn't even realize is that there is a button on the side of the phone that allows me to quickly take a picture without having to unlock my phone... amazing! All of the pictures that I missed while I was trying to unlock my phone haunt me... Never Again! 

This phone comes with a full HD display. There are "live tiles" on the home screen. You can personalize them however you need to. Only keep the tiles you want on your home screen. I love the live tiles. Makes the home screen so much more interesting.  It is called "pinning" and someone told me that she pins her airline app with her boarding passes to the home screen when she's traveling - once back home she unpins it. That is the beauty of these live tiles. You only need to pin the ones that you need and use. And the screen itself is called Clearblack. Clearblack is a life saver this time of year leading into summer when it's SOO bright. The other day I was at my son's baseball game and couldn't believe how great the screen was. The sun didn't cause issues for the screen. I could see everything. 

My tiles :) and they change daily!
The Nokia Lumia Icon uses Quad core processing, built-in wireless charging, and sturdy construction. I love that you can just put the phone down on a charging pad, and it charges. So simple! I am hoping to get the JBL PowerUp bluetooth speaker, but it works with any Qi charger.

For all of you (like me) social media crazed people, I figured something really cool out.  Not only can you see all of your accounts in one place, you can update Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter from one spot... pretty cool stuff!

Finally, the super sensitive touch is incredible.  You can use your fingernails... gloves etc... Awesome! 

My only downside is that some apps aren't available yet, but I did learn that there is an app that can help me when I can't find something I am looking for.  It's called "Where's my App" and I LOVE it! It will tell when the app you are looking for is coming out or what app you could use to replace that one. LIFE SAVER! 


Key Apps
Instagram
Vine
6 tags
Phototastic
Pic Stitch
Where's my app (a great app if you can't find your app)

As a former Droid snob, I highly recommend this phone! It's great! You have to be a Verizon customer to use this phone though. I love Verizon and would really have a hard time leaving, so hey, this phone is a keeper! 


My question for you... Have you thought of switching platforms? I am shocked at how easy this change is. There are things I miss, but I think the good outweigh the bad for sure!