Fitness

Finding your Fitness Motivation with This Beautiful Frugal Life

You’re heard it all.  Get to the gym if you want a beach body.  If you want to get healthy.  If you want more energy.  If you want to lose a pants size (or five).  If you are coming off years (or even just months) of inactivity, you are going to need something stronger than your desire to sit on the couch and eat potato chips.  And this looks different for everyone.

For YEARS after I graduated college, I went on this up and down roller coaster of emotion regarding my weight.  I desperately wanted to look like one of those adorable petite girls at the beach in their teeny bikinis, instead of walking around in my bathing suit with my thighs causing a forest fire with all their friction and attempting to suck in the 30 pounds in my stomach I’d put on since high school.  Every single time I put on clothes in the morning, I desperately wished I looked (and felt) different.  But apparently not desperate enough to actually DO anything about it.

There have been spurts of effort, like the time I did step aerobics for about six months in the basement gym of our local rec center.  Or the time I went running once.  Or the time I bought insanely expensive Pilates videos and had to move every single piece of furniture in my adorable (read: impossibly small) apartment just to get through one video.  I wanted the results SO bad, but didn’t acknowledge the fact that it would be a lifetime commitment, not just a weekend energy burst.

Even while I was operating in my rare “fitness modes”, I was eating Jack in the Box for dinner and Subway when I really wanted to be healthy.  I had absolutely zero understanding of what a balanced lifestyle looked like.  I just wanted results.  Deep down, I think I’ve always known that the quick fixes didn’t work, which is why I always started with exercise.  I’m not a pill popper or necessarily a trend or fad-follower and knew what it would take to get the results, I just had no idea what would keep me on the road to where I wanted to go.  All too often, I would start a program and then lose interest, lose motivation, get too sweaty or just want to go out and have a beer with my friends.

What in heavens name was going to get this to stick?  The hamster wheel was getting exhausting.

What got me started on this final (final?? most recent??) road was a fluke.  After our second son was born, I was feeling understandably frustrated about my alien body.  Things didn’t sit the same, look the same, feel the same.  I broke a sweat moving from the couch to the kitchen to get a glass of water.  Out of the blue one day, I decided to announce to my dear blog readers that I AM STARTING A FITNESS REGIMEN.  Lordy.  Then you guys were all “Tell us about it.  I want to hear about how it goes.  Show us pictures”.  Now apparently you expected me to follow through.

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Amazon’s Deal of the Day is perfect for those looking to jump start their fitness goals or weight loss in 2016.  The P90X Base Kit DVD Workout is just $49.99 + FREE shipping!  This includes 12 DVDs, a fitness calendar and comprehensive nutrition guide.

Before we started our CrossFit gym, these videos were how we lost weight, kept our weight off and gained muscle.  Although we love CrossFit now and would have a hard time going back to working out at home, this was such a great kick start for us.  It’s a fantastic at-home option and is REALLY effective.  We have also done Beachbody’s Insanity program which is all body weight and I prefer P90X, because it mixes in light weight lifting.  I have NEVER, as long as I’ve been watching prices, seen it go this low.  The only time it has gone lower was back in 2009.

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If the thought of P90X is a little terrifying to you, check out my post Why P90X is not as scary as I thought.

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The Ultimate CrossFit Gift Guide

So. I’ve been wanting to write up this fabulous fitness gift guide for you all, to give you some ideas on what to get the fitness fanatic in your life or if you are one, what to ask for. But then I realized I don’t know much outside the world of CrossFit and what I use every day. Since I don’t necessarily want to write about things I don’t understand and so many others have probably written about them anyway, I decided to write a gift guide for CrossFitters and those who love them (in spite of all the crazy acronyms and weird words and cult-like obsessions).

You don’t necessarily NEED anything for CrossFit. Your gym will most likely have everything that is necessary to get through a workout.  But the longer you are there, you start to realize that having your own equipment is kind of nice.  A jump rope cut to your height instead of trying about 15 before finding one that sort of works.  Wrist wraps for overhead lifts that aren’t still dripping in sweat from the class before you.

Or maybe you want to update your apparel because hiking up your workout pants every five seconds between movements just isn’t cutting it.  Or your old ratty sports bra just isn’t delivering.  Or maybe working out in pretty things and neon colors just makes you happy.  Or all of the above.  The rules of English writing don’t apply to bloggers, I can start as many sentences with a conjunction as I want thankyouverymuch.

If you are just getting into CrossFit or are looking for some gift ideas for the CrossFitter in your life or are just looking to freshen up your gear for any kind of fitness, here are some of my favorites.  Again, none of these are necessary, but they are all fun.

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CrossFit Shoes

When I first started, I NEVER would have thought that buying special shoes for CrossFit was worth the money.  Four pairs later (I really like pretty colors!), I totally get it.  I was wearing a pretty standard pair of running shoes, but the heel kept getting in the way when I was jumping rope or jumping on and off the box.  Most CrossFit shoes tend to have a very flat heel, so you can really FEEL your heels pushing through the floor and there isn’t a whole lot of extra shoe getting in the way.  I am currently wearing the Reebok Nano in pink and black and have a second identical pair in yellow!

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Olympic Lifting Shoes

Alright now.  For real.  I never in my life would have thought I would be wearing shoes specifically made for lifting weights.  But I’ve really come to love the Olympic lifting side of CrossFit and want to do anything I can to get better.  These shoes have a solid heel lift that forces you to drive your heels through the floor when lifting AND stay off your toes (which is my major problem).  There are tons of different styles out there, but the Reebok CrossFit Lifter or Lifter Plus is a good (and sort of kind of inexpensive) starting option.

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Fitness Journal

We all know that tracking stuff helps keep us accountable, whether it is our daily activity or our food intake or our calories burned.  This is especially true in CrossFit as there are so many lifts and workouts and times and bench marks and progressions to keep track of.  It’s like before and after pictures, you will never remember how far you have come if you don’t have documented proof.

There are probably 8,547 different types of journals out there, but I really want to feature the one I have been using.  JournalMENU sent me a fantastic customized CrossFit journal earlier this year and I’ve been LOVING it.  They have several different options for beginners, intermediate, kids, teens and more and you can customize just about anything you want with the design.  I chose the intermediate journal and it is already pre-printed for tracking of top lifts and benchmarks (mile run, 5k, different rowing distances), the traditional Girl workouts (Diane, Fran, Annie, etc), tons of Hero WODs (Murph, Small, Abbate, etc) and lots of space to enter in your daily WODs.

The price is right and the company is great to work with!  Use promo code BEAUTIFULLIFE at checkout to save an additional 15% off your order.

Apparel

I could go on forever in this category.  It’s 100% fine to wear whatever you have in your closet to a workout, but the longer you CrossFit, the more you’ll realize that certain clothing items are just more functional than others.  Loose fitting clothes tend to get in the way when you’re moving quickly from movement to movement and pants or shorts that don’t fit well are just a pain in the you-know-what.  The workouts can be super intense and worrying about your clothes should be the last thing on your mind.

I have been doing this for two years and have gone through my fair share of trial and error, so these are just some of my favorites.

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How to save your sanity this holiday season

Side note from Melody: Alright listen.  I am the world’s most annoyingly skeptical skeptic.  I didn’t ask my good friend Sarah to share this with you so we could all rope you in and make millions of dollars off of you.  I have done millions of hours of research on products I can use pre and post-workout (I 100% subscribe to the idea that we need good quality protein for muscle recovery) and these products are the best I can find that don’t cost eight billion dollars.  The ingredients are top-notch, they actually taste good and from a clean eating standpoint, I don’t mind putting them into my body (read: no chemically-laden crap soup). 

The reason we are sharing these products NOW instead of going after the new year’s resolution crowd is that we know how stressful this time of year can be.  Eating healthy tends to go off the charts, we are busy, anxious and overwhelmed with all we have to do and everywhere we have to be.  These products truly are a blessing in that they fit into a crazy lifestyle and give you what you need to keep you on track and feeling good this holiday season. 

The end. Please proceed.

When Melody asked me to write a guest post about how I use my Isagenix nutritional system throughout the holidays, I was so excited and honored to share!  I’m all about helping those who feel stuck, not motivated, tired, and those who are just “surviving.”

Sound familiar?

A few years ago, I had started following a Paleo/primal diet and felt amazing for a while…and then my energy tanked, despite eating clean and exercising.  A friend of mine had been sharing on Facebook about all the amazing energy she had from a nutritional system she was using and I was intrigued.  She filled me in as to what she was doing and THEN, I was SO skeptical.  As a half-marathon running, clean-eating girl, was I REALLY going to get nutrition out of a canister?  It went against everything I believed about nutrition!

So I did my research and found that that this was something I could sign off on.  Organically-sourced ingredients, no GMOs, undenatured whey protein, NO artificial flavors, and most products are gluten free.  After ALOT of stalling, I gave it a shot (figuring I would probably get my money back because of the 30 day money back guarantee), and IT WORKED.  I had more energy, felt more relaxed, and I lost 8 pounds!  Best part was that I no longer had to nap to survive the day (can I get an AMEN?). 18 months later, I still put the products in my body EVERYDAY and I cannot imagine going a day without them.

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Aylio 3 Loop Resistance Bands TBFL via Amazon

If you’re looking for some variety in your fitness routine, these Aylio Loop Resistance Bands, Set of 3, are just $9.99 right now.  Wrap these bands around your ankles, wrists, calves, or knees to strengthen and tone.  Built to last and backed by a lifetime warranty, these bands work really for for rehabbing injuries as well.  With low, medium, and heavy resistance you can really mix-up the difficulty of your routine.

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase.

Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please verify that the price is the same as what I post before purchasing.  As of 7/9/15 at 8 AM, this listed price was accurate.

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Joe’s New Balance Outlet has a fantastic price today only on the New Balance 410 Women’s Running Shoe, marked down to just $34.99.  These are regularly priced at $64.99, this is an amazing price drop!  Shipping is FREE on all orders through June 3rd.

Description of the shoe:

Hit the trail running in the lightweight and supportive 410 with a cushioned XLT footbed atop the ground-happy grip of a lightly lugged sole to keep you firmly planted on the beaten path. The 410 is a must for anyone looking to take your run off road.

Click here to purchase.  This deal is only available through Tuesday June 2nd at 9 PM PST.

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As you know, I’ve partnered with the Washington-based company Allsop, to help get the word out about their family-owned business and fantastic products.  Allsop has been around for over 50 years, started by Ivor “Buss” Allsop in his garage in 1964 and has continued to grow and thrive under a new generation of Allsop family members.

Allsop‘s products are carried in more than 30,000 store fronts in North America and they hold over 450 worldwide patents.  These products have ranged from ski gear to computer accessories to a fitness line and much, much more.

We got to check out their line of Gaiam insulated lunch bags and their Gaiam Sport armband and earbuds and now I get to give one of each away to you!  This is an awesome package and PERFECT for summer, picnics in the park with the kids, long runs in the early morning light before everything gets outrageously hot.  This package would also make a great gift!

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The Gaiam Sport armband is machine-washable, water resistant and has a one-handed closure.  The protective cover allows for full navigation when you need to change songs.  The Gaiam Khela Sport earbuds are water and sweat-resistant and super comfortable (read: no weird earbud-induced headache).

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The Gaiam lunch bags come in tons of adorable styles and colors and are all insulated to keep your lunch or snacks cold during the summer heat, at a baseball game, to send with your kids on park playdates and so much more.  All styles are very reasonably priced and would also make awesome gifts!

Check out my full post on Allsop and all the wonderful products they carry.

What do I win?

One lucky TBFL reader will win a Gaiam Sport armband, a set of Gaiam Khela Sport earbuds and the Gaiam insulated lunch bag of your choice!  The Gaiam Lunch Bag and the Gaiam Lunch Clutch are the top sellers, but there are several cute styles to choose from.

To enter the giveaway:

STEP ONE: Subscribe via email by entering your email address in the box below. You will receive a daily round-up of all the great deals and fun posts found here at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Leave a comment below that you subscribed.  If you already subscribe, just leave a comment that you do and skip to step two.


 

STEP TWO: Head over to the Allsop website and check out their different products.  Leave a comment and let us know what product you would like to try.

BONUS ENTRIES

  • Follow Allsop on Facebook.  Come back and leave a separate comment on this post that you have done so.

This will give you a total of 5 possible entries.  Please make sure your email address is correct in your comment as this is the only method I have to contact you.

This giveaway will end on Sunday May 3rd at 8 PM PST.  Once I choose a winner, you will have 24 hours to respond with your contact information.

Good luck!

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To #BeMoreHuman or Not To Be

by Melody on March 3, 2015

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Is that really even a question?

Be More Human. That’s the simple message in Reebok’s new brand campaign launched on January 28th, and was highlighted by a Super Bowl TV spot with their new ad, titled “Freak Show

I just LOVE this message and this was one of my favorite commercials during the Super Bowl.  But it begs the question?  What does it mean to YOU to be more human?  To me? I’ve been mulling this over for some time now.  About a month ago, Reebok contacted me to be a part of their Be More Human campaign.  The reason I enthusiastically agreed is two-fold.

First, I heart Reebok.  Everyday at CrossFit, I have something on from their company. Shoes, shorts, sports bra, socks.  Their stuff is great quality, their customer service is awesome and the COLORS ARE SO PRETTY. Which is important.  Of course.  Second?  I’m head over heels for this campaign.  Let’s highlight all that is awesome about the human condition.  Let’s get people thinking about what it is they want in life.  Why they have the goals they do.  Why they work hard.

But what does it FEEL like to be more human?  I kept asking myself over and over and over.  And I came back to the same answer time and time again.  Being more human for me, means feeling alive!  Feeling like I can get outside my day to day responsibilities and push myself over the edge.  It means being surrounded by like-minded people who push me to be a better version of myself.  It means feeling adrenaline coursing through my veins.  It means meeting new people and introducing awesome people to awesome people and being lifted up by all the awesomeness in the air around me.

So I do go to the gym everyday to have more energy, to be able to carry my kids around, to show my kids that being active is part of a healthy lifestyle.  I do.  But my driving force behind spending hours at the gym and taking time away from work and laundry and paying bills?

It makes me FEEL awesome.

I get to check out of what can often feel like monotonous days of carpooling and housework and JUST BE ME.  I can dig out that old competitive streak, the one that got buried after I graduated high school and basically finished playing team sports. I can work and work and work on movements and skills until I master them and then I FEEL ACCOMPLISHED.

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I get to throw around barbells with weight on them!  Who knew this was a thing?  I get to work on technique and SEE IMPROVEMENT.  There are times when things go really well and I get to feel like an outright badass.  I don’t get that feeling from throwing another load of laundry in the dryer.

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I’m too busy.

It’s too expensive.

I don’t have anyone to watch the kids.

The gym is too far away.

Have you ever uttered any of these phrases as your reason for not exercising regularly?  Yep, me too.  Guess what?  These are all just excuses.  A way to convince yourself that it’s not YOUR fault for not doing something you KNOW will be good for you.

Today I’d like to share with you four FUN ways to get your sweat on.  Four ways to BUST through all those excuses:

1. Take a walk.  Seriously, this is the cheapest and easiest workout possible.  Got kids?  Bring them along (on bikes, in a stroller, on a scooter, however they will move the fastest).  Not sure how to start?  Simple.  Open your front door, walk for ten to fifteen minutes.  Turn around and walk home.  DONE!

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2. Borrow a video from the library.  If purchasing DVD’s isn’t in the budget right now (or you just like variety), borrow an exercise video from the library.  At my library I can check out DVD’s for 1 week.  I could easily borrow one video, complete it 3 or 4 times, return it and try a brand new workout the following week.  Talk about variety.  If you find a DVD you really love, ask for it for your birthday or Christmas.

3. Play with your kids.  Kids are intuitively active.  Much of what they enjoy doing, you could also do – hopscotch, hula-hooping, jumping rope, playing kickball or even running around playing tag.  If it’s winter, try a snowball fight, sledding or even an active game of duck duck goose.  Think you won’t get a decent workout?  Try playing hard for an hour and I bet you’ll change your tune!  (An added bonus is the points you’ll score for being a fun mom).

4. Utilize those commercial breaks.  If increasing your strength is one of your fitness goals, try utilizing your commercial breaks next time you are watching a show on TV.  Whenever a commercial comes on, do a series of 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 lunges, 20 crunches and a few bicep and tricep curls.  A 3 to 5 lb. set of weights will cost you under ten dollars and you can store them under your couch so you’ll be ready to go.  Ten dollars not in the budget this month?  Don’t let purchasing those weights stop you from doing this – grab a few soup cans and go for it!  By the end of an hour long show, you’ve finished a terrific simple strength training session.

I hope I’ve shown you that you don’t need a fancy gym or personal trainer to be healthier.  Pick one or two of these ideas and implement them this week.  After a few weeks of consistent exercise, step it up a notch, and before you know it exercise will be a regular (and valued) part of your daily routine.

Now it’s YOUR turn.  I’d love to hear how you squeeze in fitness when money is tight.

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Author Bio:  Pam Howard is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach specializing in helping busy moms create a happier, healthier life.  Reach her at http://www.behealthybehappywellness.com.  You can also find Pam on Facebook or Twitter.

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Congratulations to Becky B, the winner of a custom fitness journal from JournalMENU.  If you are looking to start tracking your goals, your nutrition or to keep yourself accountable, these journals are AMAZING.  The price is reasonable and they can be personalized to your exact needs!

Thank you to everyone who entered, these giveaways are so much fun for me to offer.  Stay tuned for more!

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Be More Human. That’s the simple message in Reebok’s new brand campaign, the campaign launched on January 28th, and was highlighted by a Super Bowl TV spot with their new ad, titled “Freak Show

Reebok’s mission is to help every individual realize their full potential in the mental, physical and social aspects of their lives, by encouraging a fitness-focused life, and creating the products to perform in the toughest environments and activities.

I just LOVE this message and this was one of my favorite commercials during the Super Bowl.  Partly because it brought CrossFit a little more into the mainstream, but what it brought to the table was so fantastic.  Why do we work out?  Why do we spend time at the gym or hiking or walking our dogs or riding bikes with our kids?  Sure, we do it to get fit and feel better about ourselves, but in the long run, being more fit makes us better at life.  It might be cliche, but being in shape legitimately gives us more energy, makes us stronger for our jobs, makes us less prone to injury, makes us role models for our families.  It’s not just about abs and a sexy posterior, although those are nice perks too.

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Reebok has developed a test called the ‘Human Score’ that looks at several different aspects of your personality using a test developed just for Reebok.  What do we want people to remember us for?  How human are we?  What KIND of humans are we?

I truthfully LOVE my result.  I feel like this is a very accurate description of how I try to live my life.  I’m a Guardian, friends.  I’m going to get all guard-like on your behind.  And oh my word, how I THRIVE on group-oriented and social activities surrounded by my tribe.

Congratulations, human. You are a bonafide Guardian. Guardians aren’t messing around when they use the expression “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” But while plenty of people will go out of their way to help others, Guardians make a conscious decision not to neglect their own well-being in the process. Instead, they recognize that in order to help others reach their potential, they have to be pushing the boundaries for their own potential. Even if that means failing from time to time. Guardians are nurturers by nature, people-oriented social beings who thrive on group-oriented activities. Living a long and healthy life is one thing. But living a long and healthy life surrounded by the tribe they’ve made their own is what Guardians strive for. It’s what makes them feel more human.

Click here to take the ‘Human Score’ quiz.  Come back and share with us your result!  I’d love to hear what some of the other options are.

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We all know that tracking stuff helps keep us accountable, whether it is our daily activity or our food intake or our calories burned.  It’s like before and after pictures, you will never remember how far you have come if you don’t have documented proof.  This is especially true in CrossFit as there are so many lifts and workouts and times and bench marks and progressions to keep track of, but all modes of fitness beg to be tracked.  Whether you do P90X or Zumba or HIIT training, tracking your progress keeps you accountable.

There are probably 8,547 different types of journals out there, but I really want to feature the one I have been using.  JournalMENU sent me a fantastic customized CrossFit journal earlier this year and I’ve been LOVING it.  They have several different options for beginners, intermediate, kids, teens and more and you can customize just about anything you want with the design.  I chose the intermediate journal and it is already pre-printed for tracking of top lifts and benchmarks (mile run, 5k, different rowing distances), the traditional Girl workouts (Diane, Fran, Annie, etc), tons of Hero WODs (Murph, Small, Abbate, etc) and lots of space to enter in your daily WODs.

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While these journals are traditionally geared towards CrossFit, they also cover obstacle course racing, military special ops, running, nutrition challenge and student planner journals.  Customizing is easy, the price is right and the company is great to work with!

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I recently featured my custom fitness journal from JournalMENU in The Ultimate CrossFit Gift Guide!  Don’t miss out on all my favorite apparel and accessory items for being a beast at the gym.

What do I win?

JournalMENU has very generously offered two lucky winners their very own personalized custom fitness journals!

To enter the giveaway:

STEP ONE: Subscribe via email by entering your email address in the box below. You will receive a daily round-up of all the great deals and fun posts found here at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Leave a comment below that you subscribed.  If you already subscribe, just leave a comment that you do and skip to step two.  You must confirm your subscription to be considered.


STEP TWO: Head over to JournalMENU and check things out.  Leave a comment and let us know what would be most important to you in a fitness journal!

BONUS ENTRIES

This will give you a total of 6 possible entries.  Please make sure your email address is correct in your comment as this is the only method I have to contact you.

This giveaway will end on Sunday February 1st at 8 PM PST.  Open to residents of the United States only.  Once I choose a winner, you will have 24 hours to respond with your contact information.

Good luck!

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If you have been wanting to try CrossFit and live in the Seattle area, you must check out this deal on Living Social.  You can snag one month of CrossFit classes at Northwest CrossFit, including a two-week beginner series, for just $50.  Regular listed price at this gym is $195, unlimited monthly classes at my gym is $140 per person!

There are three locations to choose from: One in Bellevue, one in Ballard and one in Greenlake.

This would be the perfect time to try out CrossFit, at very little expense and no commitment beyond the month you sign up for.  I have fallen head over heels in love with CrossFit.  It is an amazing fitness environment, an amazing community and SO empowering, especially to women.  If you’re wondering if you are “in shape enough” or “fit enough” to try CrossFit, check out my post on why I really think CrossFit can work for everyone.

To take advantage of this deal:

The fine print:
* Limit 1 per person
* New customers only
* All classes must be redeemed within two weeks of first visit
* Promotional value expires on 5/31/15

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I was going to write an entirely different post this week.  About those that come out of the woodwork to be negative, about why the more successful you are as a team or an individual, the more passionate haters you will have, about how we all need to be friends and get along and stop being bullies.  Damn it.

But I’ve been immersing myself in the joy and elation and firstheartbreakthanLOVE videos and stories to come out of the NFC Championship and my heart is bursting to share something else with you.

I have always been involved with sports.  My family watched sporting events as an afterthought when I was little, not as an obsession.  They were always there, just more of an amusing sideshow than the main event.  But I PLAYED sports.  My parents came to watch me play sports.  My days were filled with practices and uniforms and “Did I forget my kneepads” and traveling and rivalries and tears and exhaustion and elation.

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Then I met my husband.  Anything that can remotely be called a sport is his passion.  Even if it’s not his favorite sport, he absorbs every ounce of information he can about it. He loves competition.  He loves the nuances and details and history of sports.  Being married to this, it’s hard not to be affected.  There is rarely a moment when some sporting event or highlight or draft show or pre-game or post-game is not on in our house.  We spent our honeymoon at two different outrageously historical ball parks.  We spent our first anniversary at the Mariners spring training in Arizona.  It’s not enough for me to know what team someone plays for, so I might as well know where they started, what farm team brought them up and how many times they’ve been traded.

We’ve always known that we wanted our kids to love sports, whether they played them or not.  There’s just something magical about being a fan, win or lose, good or bad, heartbreak or elation.  I’m not sure I could ever articulate WHY we felt this was so important, besides the fact that WE love them and think everyone else should to.

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Fast forward to today. The NFC Championship between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.  This game embodied everything that ever was and ever will be again in a sporting match-up.  This was a game that we will be talking about 30 years from now, rehashing where we were and who we were with and how we felt.

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Costco has some great online deals on athletic wear right now!  If you are wanting to kick up your gear or just feel like cute workout apparel will get you in the gym more often, these are great prices and super cute.

These Kirkland Signature Ladies Reversible Yoga Pants are just $17.99 + FREE shipping and get great reviews!  The Kirkland Signature Ladies Active 1/4 Zip Pullovers are just $19.99 + FREE shipping and available in four colors.

The best part about shopping Costco online is that you can return in-store if you have trouble with sizing or fit.

Click here to purchase.  If you are doing any in-store shopping, check out my monthly coupon mailer post with listed prices on all items and unadvertised deals.

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Through January 7th at 9 PM PST, you can snag a fantastic discount on the Spartan Race of your choice.  These run nationwide and there are three different levels to choose from, ranging from 3+ miles and 15+ obstacles to 12+ miles and 25+ obstacles.  If you have been thinking about signing up for a race, now is the time!

My husband and I have done a few of these 5K mud runs (and a 12+ mile Tough Mudder) and both of us feel that these are a manageable first step if you are new to racing or just a fun test of your abilities if you’ve been doing them for awhile.  If your New Year’s resolution is to get back in the gym or lose the baby weight or just turn over a new leaf, this would make a great goal to set and train for!

Click here to find a race near you.  Use promo code CHALLENGE15 at checkout to save $15 on any Reebok Spartan Race.

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{Tri-Cities} Grand opening of the new Natural Selection CrossFit location (complimentary workout + possible free membership)

November 7, 2014

Our new gym is open, our new gym is open!  For the past few months, the folks at Natural Selection CrossFit have been hard at work fixing up our brand new location in Kennewick.   The new gym is almost 4000 square feet bigger than the old gym, with TONS of room for growth, bigger classes […]

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{Seattle/Portland} Goldstar: Entry to National Veteran’s Day 5K Race just $9 (regularly $25)

November 3, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Goldstar yet, they are an awesome site that offers discount tickets to events, concerts and performances nationwide.  They have a HUGE selection of venues and events to choose from and this is a great way to have a night or afternoon out without breaking the bank. One of my favorite […]

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{Tri-Cities} FREE beginner intro class every Friday or FREE CrossFit class every Saturday at 9 AM (open to everyone)

September 25, 2014

If you have been wondering what in the heck this CrossFit thing is all about or have been curious to give it a try, you’re in luck!   Our local gym, Natural Selection CrossFit, offers a FREE class every Saturday morning at 9 AM.  This class is open to members and non-members and people of absolutely […]

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Zella Live-In Leggings as low as $31 + FREE shipping (up to 40% off)

September 1, 2014

Our favorite pants ever are on sale right now!  The Zella Live-In Leggings are available in several colors and lengths starting at just $31.20 + FREE shipping & returns. These don’t go on sale very often so grab these up before they run out of sizes. We are out of control in love with our Zella Live-In Leggings.  These […]

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Reminder: Enter to win JUNK Brands headband of your choice (my FAVE!)

August 1, 2014

Just a quick reminder that you only have a few more days to enter to win the JUNK Brands headband of your choice.  These are my absolute FAVORITE headbands to work out in, they are stretchy and flexible but stay put through anything you choose to put them through. You have through Sunday August 3rd […]

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The Color Run: $5 off registration for ANY race nationwide (Spokane and Tacoma included)

July 3, 2014

The Color Run is happening all across the nation!  If you have participated in a run in the past or have been interested, now is your chance.  For any Color Run race that is not currently sold out, use promo code COLOR5OFF to save $5 on your registration fee.  There are a few select new […]

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Sign up for Nike email for FREE 2-day shipping on any order

July 1, 2014

Sign up for the Nike email newsletter and get a fantastic offer: FREE 2-day shipping on any order.  It’s quick and easy to sign up and you will receive an email with a promotional code to get your free shipping.  I clicked through the offer and it looks like Nike members get free returns as […]

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Olympic Lifting Shoes are a Girl’s Best Friend

June 26, 2014

So.  Reebok offered me a 35% off code to try out some of their gear.  And since I’m a CrossFit addict and obsessed with their CF shorts and sports bras anyway, I was like “Send it to me yesterday”. If you don’t have a CrossFitter in your life, you may not know that we are […]

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adidas Summer Sale: Up to 50% off apparel for men, women and kids (FIFA World Cup gear!)

June 24, 2014

The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. adidas has just brought their A-game to their Summer Sale! Now, you can get thousands of items — FIFA World Cup soccer gear, running shoes, basketball gear, swimwear, even iconic […]

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