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**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!

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CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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AMRAP Nutrition Bar Giveaway!!!

This post is sponsored by Fit Approach on behalf of AMRAPBar. All opinions are my own.

Hello!!  Amazing review to commence in 3…..2….1…..

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I was sent these amazing bars from AMRAP which stands for As Many Rounds As Possible!  First let’s get the details out of the way and then I will fill you in on my opinion!

First off…let’s check out their mission statement!  Just reading it makes me want to go out and FOR SURE take on the world and make positive changes along the way!

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

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Ingredients are always an important factor for me when it comes to nutritional bars.  We all know that there are some out that are wolves in sheep clothing just gearing up to fill our bodies with ingredients that are anything but nutritional.  Not this company!!!

AMRAP creates food that is 100% Paleo, gluten-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and unprocessed. Raw whole foods, like almond chunks, are a top priority in our bars because we know from experience it is clean fuel that feeds our bodies’ daily activity the best. Their bars have an optimal research-based combination of good proteins and carbs for well-rounded athletes. They are recommended for a meal supplement or replacement, and especially a pre or post-workout snack.

I received three different flavors from AMRAPCashew & VanillaFig & CacaoAlmond Honey.

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Let’s just say that I was stoked about ALL the flavors because they all sounded AMAZING!!  I tried the Cashew & Vanilla first.  After one of my training runs, I ate it to refuel and it totally hit the spot!  Filled me up without making my stomach feel super full and heavy!  And the taste?!  Can you say DELIGHTFUL!!  It wasn’t too sweet and had a little bit of a salty taste from the cashews.  I even let my kiddos try a tiny bite of it and they loved it also.Cashew Vanilla

Next up, I gobbled up the Fig & Cacao prior to my workout one day.  I had weights and core that day and used this to prep me for the energy I was about to burn!   The flavor of this one was just as amazing.  It was a bit rich so I ate half before my workout and the other half after.Fig Cacao

I’ve not tried the Almond Honey flavor yet but I’m sure it’s just as amazing!  But hey…don’t take my word for it…go check it out yourself!  You can find tons of information on their site at:  www.amrapusa.com

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AMRAP is also making it possible for THREE (YES…I said THREE!!  WOOT WOOT) of my readers to win an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in a flavor of your choice.  Go to this Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!!!  —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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And the winners are…….

Theresa Varga Kavouras

Nicole Millheim

Linda Ruamthong

Congrats to all and thanks to all that entered!!!  Winners have been contacted by email 🙂

So you want to get Colorific!!! **Giveaway**

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What better way to start your day than to get up…throw on some white clothes…and hit the streets running in The Color Run!!  I’m sure most of you have heard of this HIGH ENERGY, COLOR-FILLED race but if you haven’t…allow me to tell you a little bit about it!

First off, let me say that I have run this race twice now and loved, loved, loved every minute of both!  The energy from all the participants is like no other!  The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as a way to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.   And let me tell you…they have nailed it right on the head!  Now the single largest event series in the United States, The Color Run has exploded since their debut event.  They have more than tripled their growth, hosting more than 170 events in 30+ countries in 2013. WOW!!!!

This year I’m super excited about the 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour!  It will be nothing short of awesome I’m sure!  With new t-shirts, new wristbands, new headbands and even a new sling bag for everyone that registers!!!!  You can’t beat that!!!  Check these awesome goodies!!

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The coolest thing about this race is that it really isn’t about how fast you can run or if you can beat that PR from last month.  It is more about having a blast with your friends!  The race is un-timed which means you can just take your sweet time getting doused from head to toe in different colors.  In fact, there is really only two rules to this race:

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in color!

Following this 5K, the fun will continue with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Seriously…this will be the best post-5k party on the planet!

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the two races that I was lucky enough to participate in!  I always have to take the obligatory picture in the post-race color throws!!!  Love the swirl of color surrounding us!

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Want to check it out and see if it’s coming to your city?  Go here to find the closest run and go sign up!!!

Want to save a little cash??  I mean…who doesn’t!  Using promo code COLOR5OFF will give you $5 off a registration to ANY city.  **Please note:  Code must be entered at time of registration, cannot be retro-applied.  Also..please type the code in, do not copy/paste.  Not valid on sold-out races.  Not valid with other discounts or promotions.

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Still not sure what this race is about?  Want to see?  Check out this video for a glimpse into the best time of your life 🙂

So now for the giveaway part!!!  I was approached by The Color Run to do a review and shout out for them in exchange for a complimentary entry for their race.   I’ve also got a FREE entry for one lucky reader of mine!  Woot Woot!!!  Who doesn’t like a free race entry?!

So here is how you can win!!!

Remember to comment, comment, comment!  There more comments…the more entries you earn!

1)  Comment here telling me which race you would sign up for.

2)  Tweet the following ( I want to get colorific at @TheColorRun !!!  Giveaway on @LiveLearnLoveRun blog: http://wp.me/p3mIIz-by @livelearnloveru #thecolorrun) and then comment here letting me know you did (this will gain you another entry into the pot)

3)  Follow @TheColorRun on Twitter and then comment here letting me know you did (this will gain you another entry into the pot)

4) Follow me on Twitter @LiveLearnLoveRun and then comment here letting me know you did (this will gain you another entry into the pot)

5)  Follow my blog on Facebook and then comment here letting me know you did (this will gain you another entry into the pot)

All names will be put into a pot (or whatever I have handy) and I will let my kiddos pick the name out (they just love being little helpers!).

Contest ends February 28th, 2014 at midnight CST

Disclaimer: I received this complimentary ticket from the kind folks at The Color Run.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Halloween Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner.  I was having some technical difficulties with the internet off and on all weekend.

So without further ado

AND THE WINNER IS………

LAURA @ Fit Running Mama

She has an amazing blog….trust me!  Go check it out!  You won’t be disappointed 🙂

Healthy Twist on Halloween + Giveaway!

Oh Halloween treats…oh how you tempt me with your yummy goodness and your sticky sweetness!!  Why?!  Why do you do it??!!

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Does the thought of this holiday make you feel the same way?  Halloween has been and probably always will be, a huge battle I fight against each year.  I LOVE CANDY AND SWEETS!!….and I’m not afraid to admit it! 🙂

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I’m also not afraid to admit that I rummage through the kiddos candy piles after they fall asleep on Halloween night…Hey…don’t judge 🙂

However, this fun holiday doesn’t always have to be unhealthy.  There are so many options out there for making healthier choices on the Halloween treats that you make.

Yummy goodness + healthy choices = A happy girl!

A few months ago, I did a review for Kretschmer Wheat Germ!  This little nutrient-rich powerhouse has truly become a staple in my household and I use it almost daily in my smoothies as well as a breading for chicken, fish, etc.  I love this product!!!!!

So without further ado, I’m very excited to share these new recipes with you that will make some yummy Halloween treats that won’t make you feel completely guilty 🙂  **Recipes courtesy of Kretschmer Wheat Germ

Caramel Apples with Wheat Germ

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  • Use the handy caramel apple kit found in the produce department, near the (you guessed it) apples. It is microwavable and heats up to just the right consistency (apple sticks are included).
  • Then mix about 1/4 cup wheat germ (Kretschmer Original or Honey Crunch) with about 1/2 cup finely crumbled chocolate-toffee pieces for six apples.
  • As soon as you’ve swirled the apples coat them immediately with the wheat germ-chocolate toffee bar mixture. Let the apples cool for about an hour.
  • While still a definite indulgence, these sprinkled caramel apples taste incredible and the crumbly topping provides a welcome layer of goodness.

Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ 

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  • 8 ounces good quality bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ (or Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ)
  • Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Place chopped chocolate in medium bowl.
  • Heat cream to gentle boil in small heavy-duty saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted. Refrigerate 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to form into balls.
  • Using very small ice cream scoop or melon baller, drop rounds of chocolate onto cookie sheet. Shape or roll into balls; coat with wheat germ. (Note: If chocolate becomes too soft to shape, return it to refrigerator until it is cold enough to manage.)
  • Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove at least 15 minutes before serving to bring to room temperature.

Do those sound amazing or what?!  I see some yummy cooking AND eating in my near future!

Kretschmer would like one of you lucky readers to receive a full size jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ.  Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment telling me which recipe you would make with your prize.  Listed below are other optional additional entries.  *****Please leave a separate comment for any optional entry.

This giveaway will be open until Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 10:00 pm (CST).  The giveaway winner will be selected at random and announced on Saturday, October 26th.  You will have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be selected. Open to US residents only.

The Color Run Winner!!!!

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Sorry for the delay in posting the winner!  My lovely assistant (a.k.a. my daughter) was off having a sleepover and ended up staying longer than planned!

Look how cute she is!!!  And yes...that is a very large and empty animal cracker container..YUMMY!)

Look how cute she is!!! And yes…that is a very large and empty animal cracker container..YUMMY!)

So without further ado…..the lucky winner of The Color Run – St. Louis free entry fee is……

I want to say thanks again for everyone that entered and also a huge thanks to The Color Run for providing the free entrie.  Also…please remember that you can still use the discount code (see below) for any city that is not sold out!  So go…go now and sign up for some COLORIFIC Fun!!!!
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Weekend Recap: STL Rams, Training, & a Bridal Shower

Another weekend come and gone!  Man, this summer is flying by!  My kiddos even start school in about three weeks (my last one is starting kindergarten…sniff sniff…they are growing up toooo fast).

My first week of Half-Marathon training went off great and without a hitch.  My goal for the week consisted of the following:

Monday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.23 miles)
TuesdayCross-Train I ended up running a bazillion errands and didn’t get to work out 😦
Wednesday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.17 miles)
Thursday – 3 miles
FridayCross-Train (again with the dropping the ball on the cross-training)
Saturday3 miles (moved my long run to Sunday because of my last-minute plans to hang out with the St. Louis Rams 🙂  See story below)
SundayRest Day 4.05 miles
Total Miles = 10 miles 11.47 total!!!!!

On Saturday, in lieu of my long run, I went instead to the inaugural St. Louis Rams Ladies Football Camp.  I was lucky enough to be asked to go by my fellow friend/blogger Lindsay of ItzLinz.  Definitely go and check out her post of our fun-filled day!!

We were able to tour Rams Park where the Rams practice, got to check out their locker room plus their weight room (WOW!!! Jealous of them!!).

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Representing #SweatPink in the St. Louis Rams weight room!

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I was totally drooling over these treadmills in their weight room! They were amazing!!

After the opening ceremonies, we spent some time warming-up and stretching on their outside practice field and meeting their adorable mascot Rampage!  Look how cute we are together!

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After the warm-up, we all headed indoors, broke up into groups and got a chance to see just what being a professional football entails.  Once inside, we participated in sessions led by some of the amazing players,  Title Boxing Club and Elite Football Academy.  There was some running, some jumping, some fancy footwork and some football throwing/catching!  It was a blast!  I will say though that I was mighty sore the next day and I completely blame Title Boxing Club for that with the workout we were tortured with given.  I just might have to go check them out because if I hurt this bad, then it must be good for me 😉

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Me and St. Louis Rams Safety Matt Daniels

Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch that was provided by Subway, which I gladly scarfed down!  I was starving after all that!  We also all left there with an awesome St. Louis Rams’ shirt, hat and a bag full of goodies and info!  I must say that I had the best time!!  I also must thank Lindsay again for inviting me to this event.  I had a BLAST!!!

Afterwards, I went straight home, showered the sweat away and then laid on my bed for a good hour and a half.  I had to rest up, because my sister-in-law’s bridal shower was that evening.  Went, had great food, played silly games (even won one of them…Jackpot!) and got to visit with some of my hubby’s awesome family and their friends.  The bride-to-be was as beautiful as ever and full of smiles!

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My sister-in-law and I at her bridal shower! Congrats!!

Sunday was spent running my long run!

Photo-Op before my long run :)

Photo-Op before my long run 🙂

Stretching!!  Can't forget that!!

Stretching!! Can’t forget that!!

The plan was to get in 4 miles which I did and felt great the whole time.  My legs did feel super tired afterwards to I headed over to Fleet Feet – St. Charles as soon as they opened and picked me up my very first pair of compression sleeves!  They are hot pink and awesome!  Put them on as soon as I got home and loved how they made my legs feel!  Will definitely be purchasing some more of these along with some compression socks!  I also had a Personal Rewards certificate (you earn 1 point for every dollar spent)  so I got $15.00 off my total bill which is super awesome!!!

Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free entry in The Color Run – St. Louis.  Go here to find out details and to enter!!!!  There is also a coupon code for $5.00 off that is good for any of the locations for The Color Run

Question(s) of the day:

What football team do you root for?

What is your favorite game to play at a bridal shower?

What is your take on compression sleeves/socks?  Love or hate them?