Friday

Style Never Stops with Skyscape by Reebok!

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

I have always loved the look of Reebok shoes, but believe it or not, I have only owned one pair in my adult life, and they were for CrossFit. I loved them, but that is my only experience with them. I was thrilled when I was given the chance to try these Reebok Skyscape shoes out. They are made for everyday wear. I am a teacher and enjoy wearing comfortable shoes. These are perfect! 

My first time wearing them was the day of our Relay for Life event all day at school. I was on my feet a lot, and they were so comfortable! They were great for walking, but they were also great for putting my feet up when I was finished walking around the track!

Another thing was that my students thought that they were really cool! :) That made me smile! 
You can learn more about them here:
http://fitness.reebok.com/Walking/subpages/Skyscape-Styling/

The tagline for these shoes is right on! 
"So lightweight and comfortable, you'll forget you have them on."

Product Features: (from Reebok)
This shoe is crafted borrowing the materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie, which provides all-around comfort and creates a shoe so lightweight that it weighs only 5.0 ounces. 
-Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility
-Low-cut design for added mobility
-Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation
-Unique architecture designed to support the foot and provide all-day comfort
-Minimal rubber accents only where needed for traction
-Skyspring technology-features a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort.
-5.0 ounces

These Skyscapes are machine washable. As a busy single mom, this is very helpful. I spend many days at the ball field and that means I get dirty and muddy often! You really can't go wrong with these shoes! They are also great for lifting weights... and dang are they cute!!


Now you need to head out and get some!!! You can find them here:
Retail Partner: Kohls (select locations)


What is YOUR favorite everyday shoe? Please comment below. I would love to know!


Tuesday

Meet my friend Cassandra aka "Natural Fit Mom!"

Let me introduce you to my beautiful friend and Mom Power Team gal, Cassandra. You may have seen her on the cover of Gorgo Magazine... Yes, she is amazing! But even better than that, she is one of the kindest people. She cares about people... truly... deeply! I am so happy to know her!
Name: Cassandra Sawyer aka "Natural Fit Mom"
State:  California
When and why did you start working out?
I started working out about 2 years go.  In late 2011, I dislocated my knee trying to make my infant son laugh while working out, early one morning.  I was out for the count as far as cardio was concerned.  Then I was hospitalized for a week, when I got sick out of nowhere and it terrified me.  When I left the hospital, I quit smoking cold turkey, bought my first piece of gym equipment for my garage and started Jaime Eason's 12 week live fit program on Bodybuilding.com
What is your workout of choice?
Weights, heavy weights and really heavy weights

What is your most favorite piece of workout gear?
You know, I have to say my gloves.  These poor things are pretty much ripped to shreds, but they are my first pair of gloves from 2 years ago and I'm oddly sentimental about them.  I see all these cute, new gloves with lots of great color and pattern options, but I just can't give mine up yet.  I know....it's ridiculous!
Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your workouts?  
Well, in my off season, my diet is "eat as much as possible to gain muscle" and during prep, it's whatever my coach tells me to do.  I will say that I LOVE my preworkout supplement.  I take Assault by Muscle Pharm and couldn't live without it.  I workout at 4am every morning, so I need the good stuff to get me going!
What is your favorite cheat food?  People always think I'm crazy when I say this, but it's a Popeye's biscuit.  Not pizza, cake or cookies, but a fluffy buttermilk biscuit slathered in honey and butter.  OMG.....I could eat a dozen!
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Find something that you love to do and then it's easy.  I used to always feel bad because I had these amazing friends who were into running and triathlons.  I would get jealous watching them train and then go have a "big" day that they could be proud of.  But, I wasn't the least bit interested in running, swimming or biking.  When I discovered bodybuilding, it was exciting and I took to it like a duck in water.  I am consistent with lifting weights because I love it and want to get a taste of it every day.

What is your best workout memory?  The first time I bench pressed 135lbs!  For the longest time, I never worked chest.  Then I realized I needed to start doing it and that I wanted to be  badass like the girls in the picture bench pressing those 45lb plates.  It took me quite a while, but I eventually did it with the help of a spotter.  It really felt amazing!
What is your biggest “FIT BUCKET LIST” item?
Ooohh....that's tough!  There are so many things I want to do, but I think the most incredible feeling would come from winning the "Overall" title in a National level show.  I would probably pass out on the spot!
Tell us something that not many people know about you?
I see numbers and colors interchangeably.  I don't know why, but when I see the number 3, I also see green and vice versa.  The number 4 is blue.  The number 7 is purple, but sometimes gray.  When I see the color yellow, it's the number 2, etc.  Don't ask why....I'm a nut!
How do we connect with you:
Go and connect with Cassandra. You won't regret it.

Friday

I Bet on Myself and Won!!! #DietBet

It's time! I am going to lose at least 4% of my weight this month, so I may as well win money doing it~ Who wants to join me? 
http://www.dietbetter.com/games/39149

Weight is definitely an issue for me, and I am constantly battling my bad eating habits.  I have found that I do much better when I have a purpose... a goal... a competition. I found DietBet a while back, and I always do really well when I am in the bet. I have decided that I am going to keep doing the bets until I get to where I want to be.  I don't do well when the bet ends, so I need to find new bets in between! :)  JOIN HERE: http://www.dietbetter.com/games/39149
This is my friend Kate.  She joined my first DietBet and never stopped! She is at goal and has done it! I am so proud of her. She looks and feels great! I am going to follow her lead and stick to it!  

I just did a bet last month. I bet $25 and won $41.  That is almost double my money, and I knew that I wasn't going to lose because I bet on myself! Will Power is hard to come by sometimes, but when I put money on the line, there is NO choice!!! I have to do it!

Here's how it works:
"Sometimes you just need a short swift kick in the pants to get you on the right track. This is it!
You've got 4 weeks to lose 4% of your starting weight. To begin, everyone puts money into the pot. After four weeks, whoever's hit their 4% goal is a winner and splits the pot." 

I know you are probably wondering how they stop cheating. This is directly from their website.
HOW WE PREVENT CHEATING
We have a photo review process in which players submit proof of their initial and final weights to our team of Referees. We also have algorithms that detect unusual activity within a game or across games and use an auditing system where some players may be required to submit extra proof of their weight loss using a video weigh-in. If you are flagged by our system for unusual weight loss behavior, you will have to submit a video weigh-in for all games going forward until the flag has been removed by our DietBet Referees. This includes both initial and final weigh-ins. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and forfeiture of your winnings and initial bet. You may also be banned from playing again and subject to other penalties. To see the legal fine print, click here

What is your plan to lose weight or keep the weight off? Share! 
And if you would like you can join our support group on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/546796248675207/?ref=br_tf You can sign up to join me here: http://www.dietbetter.com/games/39149

Thursday

Loving my Apera bag.... Giveaway!

Disclosure: Apera provided me with this bag. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever heard of Apera Bags?  I hadn't until one day I saw a giveaway for one on a friend's blog.  I have been in desperate need of a gym bag for quite a bit. I contacted the company and told them that I would love to try the bag and write a review if I like it. They agreed and sent me this beautiful bag! I have used it for everything.  I am currently in the process of moving, and I use it all the time to take items from one house to another.  It is the best bag ever! 

From Apera:
Isn't it Ironic?

You're inspired to live a healthy and active lifestyle. You exercise. You pay attention to what you eat. Ultimately, you strive to take care of yourself.  However, something is missing. Something important.

How many times have you looked at your bag and realized: this thing is LOUSY.
It's made with cheap materials. It's coming apart at the seams. It doesn't have any organization for your stuff. And, worst of all, it stinks. 

Well, you're not alone. Apera has been watching. And they're inspired to do something about it.

Their bags inspire your healthy and active lifestyle.  
Apera bags don't stink. Literally. Groundbreaking antimicrobial product protection, inside and out, resists bacterial odor. Their innovative vented compartments allow your bag to breathe, while clever wipeable linings make for easy cleaning. How's that for a refreshing approach to your bag? And Apera's intelligent storage make them extremely functional. Your shoes, electronics, and wet or dry gear are kept separate and organized. And the amount of stuff you can carry is unbelievable. Really, you have to see it to believe it.
Truly, Apera bags inspire your healthy, active lifestyle.
To learn more about Apera and their products, visit aperabags.com. Or download our product catalog featuring product images, prices and specifications
the inside

Good News!
I get to giveaway an Apera bag on my blog! You can win a Sprint Pack!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


They are running the sale of 40% OFF the entire Blue line of bags.  Any style of bag, including the Performance Duffel, will be 40% OFF!  Also, all of the Duffel Packs, any color, are 40% OFF too.  

The bag for Apera's monthly email newsletter giveaway for March is the Sling Tote.  You all will have a chance of winning a new bag by just signing up for our email newsletter.


Consumers Are Raving

"After spending countless hours (read: days) trying to find the perfect gym bag - I stumbled upon Apera a few months ago. In this bag they have really thought of everything I didn't know I wanted but now couldn't live without.  After using this bag for a while, I was in an athletic store and was looking at the standard sports-branded gym bags - the quality just doesn't come close.  I think  is stuck with me for good!" ES NYC


Citi's Every Step of the Way and $25 Visa Card giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Athough the Olympics are over, the Every Step of the Way campaign is still going strong. Citi has joined forces with some amazing olympic athletes. You can vote to award Citi's $500,000 donation to the 9 community programs in need.


Check out the Citi's Every Step of the Way Program HERE


DAN JANSEN: 
Anyone who follows the winter games remembers this name and probably the picture below. 
In 1988, Dan lost more than just his chance to medal in the speed skating event in the Olympics, he lost his sister, Jane to cancer.  The morning of his big race in Calgary, he found out that Jane had lost her battle with cancer.

Hear Dan talk about hearing the news and knowing he would have to skate later that day:



Anyone who was watching that day remembers Dan's race. It was so painful to watch him slip and lose
his dream of winning a medal. I was 14 years old and I remember sitting on the couch crying with my mother. America mourned with Dan that night. Our hearts were broken for him and his family. I had been following Dan's story, and I thought he was awful cute (his picture was on my locker door...) I couldn't believe I was watching this.
            That didn't keep him down though. Dan returned to the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. He won the gold medal.  The thing I remember most was that it wasn't just Americans rooting for him. This time it was the world. Everyone wanted to see this man overcome what happened to him. And he did. Then he skated his victory lap with his baby daughter Jane, named after his late sister. There is a very special mark on his medal...
What happened to Dan makes him a true hero. His story is timeless and is one that I personally enjoyed sharing with my 10 year old son. I think it is important in athletics that we focus on the good and resilient people who have such inspiring stories to tell. These are the heroes our children need to know about.


20 years later, Dan's struggles have inspired him to help other athletes. Here is why Dan is a part of Citi's Every Step of the Way program:

Now head on over to https://everystep.citi.com/#dan and vote for Dan or to https://everystep.citi.com and vote for your choice.

GIVEAWAY TIME! Who wants to win a $25 Visa Gift Card?
You must comment which Citi athlete/community program inspires you the most and visit the Every Step of the Way website to vote. Tell me who you voted for.

What is Citi's Every Step of the Way Campaign?
 


Tuesday

#Win $200 Visa Gift card and Skora Running Shoes! #Giveaway

I am doing a HUGE giveaway with some awesome people! 
Please check it out. We are giving away a $200 visa gift card  and a pair of Skora running shoes!

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Saturday

Lovin' my #Koss Headphones: on sale now

Disclosure: This Koss product feature is sponsored by FitFluential LLC. I personally use these items and all opinions are my own.
Headphones for me are like shoes. I can never have enough. I love my 2 pairs of Koss headphones. One is in my gym bag and the other is in my car. Right now, Koss is running a special promotion on their headphones at Walgreens. In December I wrote a post about "A Few of my Favorite Things" and Koss Headphones were on the list. You can read about it here: A Few of my Favorite Things
Well, now you can get them for $19.99. They are on sale at Walgreens right now. These headphones are perfect for women because they are created by and designed for women. This is a great deal! It's only for a limited time, so head over to Walgreens and grab a pair or two!