Review & Giveaway: Bolder Bands

I was recently given the opportunity to review the awesome headbands from Bolder Band (bbolder.com). When it came to choosing a pattern to review and giveaway the decision was tough, but I went with the Tribal pattern for myself and the Blue Sorbet for the giveaway (see below for details).

First things first.  Let’s talk about how absolutely freaking cute this thing is!  I love the bright pattern and appreciate that the band can be worn multiple ways (wide, thin, over the ear, behind the ear, you name it!)

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Not only is it great for wicking away sweat, but it’s definitely a great option for those bad hair days or when you’re at home lounging around the house. Hell, it’s a great, “Oh crap, I just rolled out of bed and need to look fancy in 5 minutes”, kinda band.

Okay, let’s get to the real question.  Does it stay put?

First off let me premise by saying I don’t know if it’s my head or my slick hair, but the headband slippage struggle is a real issue for me. I have yet to find the perfect band that doesn’t require at least a teeny bit of adjusting during a workout. After reading up on the rave reviews for this band I was stoked!  It promised to cover all the bases.  Cute, fashionable, sweat wicking, and sticking abilities all in one.

I gave the band its trial run at one of my softball games, but I made the mistake of not reading up on how to properly place the headband so I did experience some light slippage.  These bands are meant to stay put when worn a specific way.  “IF you wear them correctly (low on your forehead – more like a sweat band less like a plastic headband) AND you have the correct size, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7uFWP1_C3g ” the headband should not slip.

Guess who’s headband stayed put like a champ during her next trial run?

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Yup, that would be me!  I really love these bands because they are lightweight and they do their job of taming crazy frizzies all while wicking away that sparkly sweat from your brow. Another huge plus to this band is that it’s not so tight that it gives me a headache.  I def recommend these to people who are looking for a stylish way to keep their hair out of there face and sweat out of their eyes.

All in all I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this pretty band!  Now, let’s talk about how you can get your hands on one for FREE!  I’m hosting a giveaway over on my IG page (@sarah_griff_fit) so you can get your chance to win the Blue Sorbet pattern for yourself!  In order to qualify for the giveaway your page must be public (so I can see you share the post) and you must follow me @sarah_griff_fit on IG.  Keep an eye out!  The giveaway post will be going live shortly!

 

SPA Review: Vega Sport Pre-workout

Disclaimer:  This is an unbiased review.  As an SPA, I am often provided with opportunities to review certain fitness/health related products.  I was not paid for my review, but did receive a free product for testing.

When offered this opportunity to review a Vega Sport product of my choosing I was pumped!  I had read up on the company and seeing that they offered all clean plant-based products was enticing.  I had been on the search for a good pre-workout that wouldn’t leave me with a racing heart, but would still give me a nice energy boost.

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I’ll admit, I was rather skeptical because I prefer to limit these types of products, but after trying it I did notice an increase in my energy and workout performance.  My first trial came the night I decided to incorporate hill training.  I had just had a very long day and the last thing I wanted to do was go out and run. Rather than call it a night, I decided to test out the Vega Sport Acai Berry pre-workout.  It did the trick! Now, I am not full on sure if it was the placebo effect of taking a pre-workout, but it gave me an instant boost.

I conquered the hills and my heart didn’t explode.  I had just the right amount of energy to get through the run and didn’t feel over-stimulated or sick to my stomach.

As far as taste goes, it could be better.  I am not a fan of Redbull flavored things and this reminded me of said drink.  I preferred to dilute mine with extra water and a lot of ice so that it was easier to stomach.  Though I really liked the effect of the pre-workout, taste is a pretty important factor too and it would be the one thing holding me back from buying this on my own.  Perhaps the lemon-lime flavor is more tolerable?

Do you want to learn more about Vega Sport pre-workout?  Below I’ve shared some information provided by the website…

Pre-Workout Energizer

“Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and recovery

Featuring two complementary carbohydrates, Pre-Workout Energizer is balanced to provide both instant and slower-burning fuel for your workouts. Organic sprouted brown rice syrup has a high glycemic index (90), entering the bloodstream quickly, while organic palm nectar has a low glycemic index (35), providing slow, steady energy that will not spike or crash.

Take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before your workout to help you get in the zone with energy to burn!”

 

Like I mentioned earlier in my post, I really like the effects of this product, but taste proved to be a challenge.  Have you ever tried any pre-workouts?  What brands or flavors?

 

A Fit Family = A Happy Family

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It might sound cheesy and cliché, but for us it’s the truth.  When I was out of shape and severely over weight, I was not happy. I was a miserable mess of a person and it spilled out into our family life.  Looking back I see that I judged more, I snapped more, and I was flat-out negative about everything.

I picked apart people’s weaknesses because I didn’t want to face my own and it wasn’t healthy.  Nothing in my life was healthy at that point.  Nothing in our family life was healthy either (aside from our beautiful healthy and happy son).  Both of us would come home and melt into the couch with our bags of take out (or fast food) and sink into a Netflix coma.  We didn’t connect with one another very much, we cohabited just fine and loved each other, but we were like two passing ships fighting our own battles.  We’d drown our boredom by stuffing our faces and watching our shows until it was time for bed.

Intimacy took it’s hit too, neither of us were particularly fond of our new bodies.  I had trouble accepting my post-baby body and any loving compliment doled out by my husband was easily brushed off.  How on earth could this man think I’m beautiful when I look and feel the way I do?  My insecurities got the best of me and I could not fathom that he was being honest.  In short, there were a few months where things were rough.  I’m not one for hiding the truth and in all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a healthy relationship that didn’t face trying times.

For us, this period of being unhealthy left us both with a lot of self-reflecting.  It turns out a lot of our unhappiness was because we weren’t taking care of ourselves.  Like many new parents, we put our son’s needs ahead of our own and our focus was constantly on him.  We lost sight of ourselves and each other and it became apparent that the major problem in the equation was our inability to tend to our own needs.

Outwardly, these problems weren’t obvious and I didn’t even awaken to the problem until my husband expressed his concern about the life we were leading.  He could feel the lifestyle of laziness taking hold and didn’t like where it was going.  I was still in denial and didn’t want to accept the fact that I had lost touch with a healthy way of life.  After all, I was only exhausted all of the time because I was busy caring for our baby into the wee hours.  It clearly had nothing to do with my poor diet choices and lack of physical activity.

Fast forward to today, I’m feeling so much more confident and I can now better accept a compliment.  My husband and I do our best to make time each day to focus on ourselves and each other.  We have gym dates where we push each other to be better and work harder.  We get out more as a family and do our best to be active together by hiking, jogging, or running around the playground with our son.  Our overall moods are better, we have more energy and we’ve found a common ground once again.  We share in each others’ successes and support each others’ goals.  Hell, I even convinced my husband to buy running shoes and compete in our first race together!  Now, that’s a big deal!

RICE: The End of an Ice Age

Wow! I was just suggesting that a friend of mine be sure to ice her shins after going out on her first run in years. Maybe it’s not the best idea anymore? This is a very interesting read on the standard of using RICE for sports injuries. I don’t know about you, but that and NSAIDS were my go to fix for sore shins and tired and achy muscles. In retrospect, I haven’t been so diligent on icing this past year and haven’t faced any serious injury. Hmmmm. A lot to ponder about how we treat our bodies and how they can recover on their own.

***Athletic Medicine HAS MOVED***

Coaches have used my “RICE” guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.” – Gabe Mirkin, MD, March 2014


In 1978, Gabe Mirkin, MD coined the term RICE. Health care practitioners to laypersons are quick to recognize RICE as the ‘gold standard’ treatment option following injury. Followers of my blog know my stance against ice and now there is support from the physician who coined the term. Yes, the very same physician, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, who coined RICE, is now taking a step back. I reached out to Dr. Mirkin and asked for permission to share his story. As you will read below in Dr. Mirkin’s full post, the lack of evidence for cryotherapy is something we must listen to.

ice-for-injuriesThis is a controversial topic. My blog Why Ice and Anti-inflammatory Medication is NOT the Answer sparked a lot of debate. I had…

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Jump Into Spring Fitness Challenge

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Jump Into Spring 30 Day Fitness Challenge

Time Line: 30-Day Challenge Begins April 7, 2014 (sign-up deadline 3/31/14)

General Commitment Requirements:

  1. Go to www.beachbodycoach.com/SARAHGLOSES and add me as your free coach by signing up for the free membership (THIS IS MANDATORY).
  2. If you do not yet own a Beachbody Program, please use the above link to go through to my shop and purchase a program for the challenge OR ask me for assistance.  Ideally, you should consider purchasing the challenge pack associated with the program of interest (you will receive a month supply Shakeology with your program to aid in your journey).
  3. You must be committed to following the scheduled Beachbody workouts throughout the course of the challenge (there will be a reminder calendar posted). You must also be committed to following the nutrition plan associated with your program (or another comparable nutrition plan). It will help to track your foods using MyFitnessPal.
  4. Follow Sarah Griff-Fit on Facebook AND on Instagram (sarah_griff_fit) and add me as your friend. Once added ask me how to join our private FB group.
  5. Please take a moment to fill out the form at the bottom of the page on my website (this will help me assess your goals and current level of fitness).
  6. Before/During/After Photos and Stats: You will be required to share your progress photos throughout the course of the challenge. If you are hesitant of sharing this through IG or FB that is ok—you can email them to me directly. **Note: sharing through these outlets is a way to keep you accountable and keep you motivated—I can assist with anonymous sharing as well.  Before photos must be received by the 7th.
  7. Group participation *there will be a star point system for participation: You should participate in the FB group by sharing details of your daily workouts and weekly progress. You can also share recipes, meals, and your struggles and wins.

(If you are posting to IG please hashtag your daily photos with #sarah_griff_fit #jumpintospringchallenge) **Stars will be awarded for each post, bonus stars will be awarded with daily challenges—for full details on the start point system please review the files tab in our FB group.

  1. Weekly Challenge Assignments: Each week I will post an assignment for you to complete. It could be anything from drinking more water to finding a workout buddy within the group. Be sure to check pinned posts for details.

FAQ’s:

  1. What if I can’t afford the challenge pack for the program I am interested in?
    1. There are many other affordable Beachbody programs available (as low as $40) and you will be allowed to join this challenge with the purchase of ANY program (so long as you fully commit to following it each day).
  2. Do I need to use aBeachbody Program to commit to the challenge?
    1. For this challenge, yes, you will need to follow a specific program. If you choose not to follow the program you must sign-up for a month supply of Shakeology while maintaining an active lifestyle.
  3. What will my workout program be if I chose not to do aBeachbody program (option only available toShakeology users).
    1. This is fully up to you!! You just need to commit to putting in a 30-60 minute workout every day where a workout is required (and drink your Shakeology).
  4. WhatBeachbody Program is right for me?
    1. If you have questions regarding which program to choose please contact me directly and we will work on finding something that is suitable to your goals and current fitness level.
  5. Is there a way I can save on theBeachbody Programs?Shakeology?
    1. YES! When you purchase a challenge pack you can have your coaching fee waived. Coaches receive a 25% off discount on future purchases of all programs and Shakeology.
    2. If you purchase the Les Mills Combat challenge pack before the end of March you can buy it at the promo price of $140 (includes shakeology). We also have Les Mills Pump $180 and the Ultimate Reset $245 on promo until the end of March.

Prizes:

  1. The top 3 participants (based on over all results and level of participation) will receive gifts that are TBD.

Sickness and the Bitter Cold

I’ve been MIA on here for the past month and that’s mostly because my running has slacked.  I logged a meager 13.1 miles last month.  I was a tad burnt out with running post marathon, but I definitely didn’t imagine myself taking such a long break.  It was not my intention AT ALL.

Post Disney I did get back out there right away and tried my best to stay on track, but then I got sick.  I had a horrible upper respiratory infection and didn’t do much of anything physical for a week.  It worked out fairly well because it was ridiculously cold out here and no one wants to run in that.

After a week of feeling miserable I was on the upswing.  I took a few extra days to feel well and then decided to give it a go.  The weather had warmed a touch and the sun was shining.  It was a great day to put in an easy 3 miler. I felt like I was ready to get back on track with my 3-4 runs per week.  NOPE. My body had other things in mind.

I woke up the next day feeling quite miserable and just like that I was sick again.  This time I didn’t do any running or major cardio for a full week and a half.  By the time I felt fully recovered it felt like a month had passed.  Back to back sicknesses are the worst!

I’m finally back on track though!  I’ve only put in 7.7 miles so far this month, but the numbers will start to climb before the week is up.  I’m even contemplating braving another half marathon on April 6th.  It might be a little bit much, but I think I still have enough of my training endurance left from the marathon so I think I should be able to handle it.  It won’t be a PR race or anything, but it’ll be something to help get me back into the spirit of running.  I do also have the option of a 10K if I find the task too extreme.  I’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.

February Fitness Challenge

Want results like these?  Commit to fit now and join my next challenge group!

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Avoid The Resolution Rush: February Fitness Challenge

Time Line:  30-Day Challenge Begins February 3, 2014

 General Commitment Requirements: 

  1. Go to www.beachbodycoach.com/SARAHGLOSES and add me as your free coach by signing up for the free membership.
  2. If you do not yet own a Beachbody Program, please use the above link to go through to my shop and purchase a program for the challenge.   Ideally, you should consider purchasing the challenge pack associated with the program of interest (you will get a month supply Shakeology with your program and super saver shipping).
  3. You must be committed to following the scheduled Beachbody workouts throughout the course of the challenge.  You must also be committed to following the nutrition plan associated with your program (or another comparable nutrition plan).  It will help to track your foods using MyFitnessPal.
  4. Follow Sarah Griff-Fit on Facebook and add me as your friend (please send a message so I know who you are).  Once added ask me how to join our private group.
  5. Please take a moment to fill out the form at the bottom of the page on my website (this will help me assess your goals and current level of fitness).
  6. Before/During/After Photos and Stats:  You will be required to share your progress photos throughout the course of the challenge.  If you are hesitant of sharing this through IG or FB that is ok—you can email them to me directly.  **Note:  sharing through these outlets is a way to keep you accountable and keep you motivated.
  7. Group participation:  You should participate in the FB group by sharing details of your daily workouts and weekly progress.  You can also share recipes, meals, and your struggles and wins.  Be sure to look for the I am commit post!  This will save your spot in the group and keep you as an active member.  If you do not commit to the group you will be removed.

(If you are posting to IG please hashtag your daily photos with #sarah_griff_fit #avoidtheresolutionrush #februarychallenge)

  1. Weekly Challenge Assignments:  Each week I will post an assignment for you to complete.  It could be anything from drinking more water to finding a workout buddy within the group.  Be sure to check pinned posts for details.

FAQ’s:

Q:What if I can’t afford the challenge pack for the program I am interested in?

A:There are many other affordable Beachbody programs available (as low as $40) and you will be allowed to join this challenge with the purchase of ANY program (so long as you fully commit to following it each day).

Q:Do I need to use a Beachbody Program to commit to the challenge?

A:For this challenge, no, you will not need to follow a specific program.  If you chose not to follow the program it is recommended that you sign-up for a month supply of Shakeology.

Q:What will my workout program be if I chose not to do a Beachbody program.

A:This is fully up to you!!  You just need to commit to putting in a 30-60 minute workout every day where a workout is required (and drink your Shakeology).

Q:What Beachbody Program is right for me?

A:If you have questions regarding which program to choose please contact me directly and we will work on finding something that is suitable to your goals and current fitness level.

Q:Is there a way I can save on the Beachbody Programs? Shakeology?

A:YES!  When you purchase a challenge pack you can have your coaching fee waived.  Coaches receive a 25% discount on future purchases of the all programs and Shakeology

A:If you purchase the P90X3 or T25 challenge pack before the end of January you can buy it at the promo price of $180 (includes discount shipping and shakeology)

Prizes:

  1. All participants (that purchase a new Beachbody program and complete the challenge program) will receive a free “This Beauty Trains Like A Beast” workout tank.
  2. The top 3 participants (based on overall results and level of participation) will receive gifts that are TBD.