So so excited to be able to say this is my I’M BACK workout week in review!
No, not back after an injury. Back after a run slump. After the Pensacola Half Marathon in October I took one week off to recover and then back to running. No problem. Then, BAM, out of nowhere my running mojo practically disappeared. I ran anyway but my heart just wan’t in it. I didn’t particularly enjoy it.
I took a few weeks off with little to no running.
Then, as quickly as it left, BAM, my running mojo was back! An unexpected amazing run this week and running life was good again. Surprisingly that run was on the treadmill. I definitely didn’t see the mojo coming that morning!
Monday: Piyo Lower Tuesday: Run 4 Wednesday: Piyo Upper Thursday: Run 4 Friday: Rest Saturday: Run 5, Piyo Sweat Sunday: Piyo Lower
I ended the week feeling like I had a PERFECT workout week!
EAT CLEAN MENU
Green B-Strong Smoothies → new recipe on the blog tomorrow!
Garden Veggie Enchilada Bake
Big Green Salad
Grilled Veggie Stacks
Cocoa Goodness Protein Bites → new recipe coming soon!
Skoop A-Game Shake
So excited to team up with Love Grown Foods to spread the LOVE in 2015. Yes, they create great products but they’re so much more than that.
Love Grown Foods takes time to visit classrooms Kindergarten through high school educating kids on the importance of eating breakfast and fueling their bodies right.
Gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast in your life!
I’ve tried many many running belts and all either slip/bounce, are too bulky or too small to hold the things I need. Flipbelt has none of those annoying features. It’s comfortable and it holds my running must-haves, iphone, inhaler and driver’s license.
Shop now and use the discount code Sweat10 10% off your Flipbelt purchase.
A sock designed to contour to the shape of your foot. The fit delivers the perfect amount of compression so that it hugs the foot in a comfortable supportive way.
An online team of expert coaches and fellow runners who provide coaching services and support to runners of every ability, everywhere. Runner’s Connect consists of 7 coaches, a team doctor, writers, a nutritionist and 600 members of the running community. Their offerings include training schedules, personal coaching, strength training guidance, nutrition guidance and improving form. I’m currently taking their marathon nutrition course which is designed to help me calculate my exact fueling needs and develop an even deeper understanding of marathon nutrition. A wonderful source of information! One of my most recent reads, How Your Hop Joint Mobility Can Predict Your Running Injuries.
Pretty Fit – Theme Packs for Women
PrettyFit provides active women with the best nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, workout gear and more through monthly packs chosen by top fitness professionals. Expert trainers include their best workouts, recipes, and tips to maximize the benefit of the products inside every pack.
My husband and I often run before sunrise and visibility is always a concern. Tuvizo provides high visibility and reflective gear that is effective, comfortable and simply, smart running. It’s easy to wear without added bulk and functional. The adjustable straps make it perfect to fit over layers for winter running or shorts and a top during the warmer months.
Any runner or fitness enthusiast would love to find these gifts under the tree with their name on it! Or, give a gift to yourself!
Finding a balance between striving and being present. Focusing on the journey AND the outcome without missing out on the joy of either.
Every year this is my favorite post to share! Have you started thinking about 2015? It’s energizing isn’t it. How can you not be inspired and motivated by
the feeling of a new year with endless possibilities and unexpected journeys!
Last week we chatted about our favorite accomplishments. What’s next? What do you want to be able to say is your favorite accomplishment at the end of 2015?
[Optional] topic: Goals for 2015
About this time every year I make a list of 10 or so goals to strive for throughout the upcoming new year. The goals have kept me focused and on track. I’ve run 13 races in 2013, 12 half marathons in 2012, I’ve changed the way I eat, completed 90 days of P90X three times, and grown my blog more than ever expected all with having goals.
Do I have goals for 2015? Most definitely, but even more than wanting to accomplish quantifiable goals I want to accomplish things that can’t be measured by numbers. I want to continue the accomplishments I made in 2014. I want to be the best version of me in 2015!
Family – Always my #1 priority.
monthly dates with Chad (half being other than run dates)
the 4 of us eating dinner together more nights of the week than not until my son starts college and then as often as possible
increase Jill Conyers | Fitness Health and Happiness readership by 25%
I’m excited about opportunities and partnerships that are shaping up for next year. One of them is becoming a Love Grown Foods Ambassador. The energy and enthusiasm in their emails tell me this is going to be a wonderful partnership.
Love this “The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.” ~Dean Karnazes
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fitbit through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Fitbit, all opinions are my own.
I’m a technology nerd and passionate about fitness. Combine the 2 and you have a product I couldn’t wait to try. When the Fitbit Flex arrived and my daughter commented, “sweet, everyone has them,” I knew who was going to wear the Fitbit Flex most often was going to be up for debate in the Conyers’ house.
As we all know, staying on track with nutrition and making time for fitness during the holiday season can be tough. Fitbit makes every step count, and all activity is tracked. By wearing the device 24/7, it’s a convenient reminder to:
take the stairs instead of the elevator,
park a little further out when I go shopping,
get up from my desk and move throughout the day,
think twice about that holiday cookie or grabbing the always-available holiday treats that are around the office this time of year.
What can a Fitbit Flex do?
Easily log the foods you eat with a database of 350,000+ foods including grocery brands and restaurant items. Compare your calories in with calories out. Use your smartphone to scan food barcodes and capture complete nutritional information.
Tracks your sleep patterns.
Wear it all night and the Fitbit measures your sleep quality. Your dashboard will reveal how long you slept and the number of times you woke up. Flex also has a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates to wake you up at the preset time.
Sync your stats. See your progress.
Flex automatically syncs your data to PCs, Macs, many iOS devices and select Android phones without plugging in or pushing buttons. This gives you real-time access to your stats on the Fitbit dashboard throughout the day.
Motivation by tracking your goals.
I should mention that I’m not only a technology nerd; I’m a data geek. Flex comes with free online tools and a mobile app that allows you to set goals and follow your progress through awesome graphs and charts. Log food, workouts and much more and get the inside scoop on your health. Knowing how close you are to reaching your goals gives you the motivation to reach them and aim higher.
Compatible with a variety of health and fitness apps.
Have a favorite health and fitness app? Check out the App Gallery for a complete list of apps that you can export your Fitbit data to and monitor activity and progress.
A track-it-all device.
An awesome all-in-one for fitness enthusiasts. The Fitbit Flex monitors steps taken, calories burned, hours slept, distance traveled, active minutes and quality of sleep all based on your personal profile.
Pros: The wristband is not bulky, is stylish and available in multiple colors and operation is simple. It’s water resistant, and if you’re into sharing data with friends there is Twitter and Facebook integration within the dashboard. The Fitbit Flex fits comfortably around your wrist, and it’s the only wearable I’ve tried that I’m comfortable wearing when I’m dressed for work. Having the option of a variety of colors is a bonus! With Bluetooth, Fitbit syncs with your smartphone without you doing a thing.
Cons: The only con is the relatively short battery life (3-5 days), which is not really a big deal. We’re a plugged-in society, and remembering to keep it charged comes naturally.