Thursday

Back at it and Ready to feel Good in my @Reebok #Nano4 shoes!

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

Things for me are finally getting back to normal. My health has improved after a hysterectomy and then a case of shingles... Truly, I have been struggling since October with health related issues. I have gained close to 25 lbs. since this time last year. I realize that I am in a vicious cycle here. I have health issues that are flaring up because I am unhealthy... My lifestyle has needs to change... It is time to fix this.

I love CrossFit and have missed doing it regularly. I haven't found a box near me yet since I have moved, but I have started doing WODs on my own. I was lucky enough to be chosen to review Reebok's brand new Nanos, the Nano 4.0s. And working out in cute shoes that make your feet feel good, is the only way to work out! I couldn't wait to lace up and do some WODs. Check the Nano  4.0 out here: Reebok Nano 4.0


What makes these shoes better than the rest! 

A year or so ago when I was doing CrossFit at CrossFit BlackBeard in St. Pete, I decided to spend the money and get some Nanos.  Reebok specializes in CrossFit and it's so much better to workout in shoes made for CrossFit, rather than trying to workout in running shoes.  Running shoes have their purpose, but for effective CrossFit training, you really need specialized shoes. To have the best form in squats, dead lifts, cleans, etc, you have to have your feet flat on the ground and distribute your weight.  These shoes allow for the best form. Check out the video below from Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. She is unbelievable! Yes, I want that kind of strength!


Why do you need Nano 4.0? What makes them better than 3.0?
1. They are more breathable. The mesh was changed for better air flow during workouts.
2. The shoe itself is lighter.
3.  They are more flexible!

Since I don't have a box, I have to come up with my own WODs.  How do I do this? Well, there are tons of websites out there that offer WODs, but I try to come up with my own as well. I am not a personal trainer, but I have come to realize that if there is a workout that hurts, it works! (by hurt, I mean good pain, not injury pain.) Burpees are the biggest culprit to "hurting" workouts! LOL so I try to add burpees to every WOD. These shoes make my feet feel great while I struggle to become stronger. If you find a shoe that allows for comfort and support, you have to tell the world! So here goes: I love these shoes. I have the Nano 2.0 and 3.0 and these are the best fit yet. Thank you Reebok for working so hard to make the right improvements every time! 

If you haven't tried CrossFit, you need to. It's not just for muscle, body building people, it's for everyone. Nothing I have ever done makes me feel stronger and more complete! It's really the best! And it's a whole lot of fun to watch the CrossFit Games too! Who doesn't love Rich Froning!!! He is the fittest man on earth! 



My WOD today was:
10 "muscle rope" jump ropes
Run up and down the stairs 2x
10 burpees
REPEAT 3x

What is your workout today? I would love some more ideas!

Wednesday

#Giveaway and Review of #Reebok Z Goddess Running Shoes

I have just gotten back into working out since my latest health issue that has kept me away from the gym for months. Getting the motivation and excitement back is tough. I need the fire back, and right now, it's definitely a struggle.

Nothing helps that struggle more than some great looking and feeling running gear. Reebok just sent me some awesome running shoes to try out. These shoes are awesome. They are the Reebok Z Goddess shoes.


If there is one thing right now that I need, it is motivation. Well these shoes give it to me. I love how cute I feel in them, and then well the rest is just added bonus!

First of all, I love the color! So hot! And then there is the fact that they feel great! I have foot issues right away with shoes and it takes a while to break them in. Not these shoes! I loved them from the first step on the treadmill. They make me feel like I am gliding when I run or walk.


Whether you are running, walking or working on your feet all day, these shoes will feel great! You need to try them. If you want to win them, see below for a giveaway!





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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!