Reboot Yourself

 

Exciting news! I will be running the Jazz half marathon in New Orleans, and I have an amazing sponsor, Rebootizer! I first heard of and met the lovely folks from Rebootizer at Healthy Living Summit in Boston. They After I went home, I had a chance to catch up with them via e mail, and was able to tell them about the Jazz half in New Orleans. I ran this half back in 2010, and have been dying to do it again.

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I love the Jazz half because it supports the cancer program at Children’s Hospital. A little about Children’s Hospital:

 Children’s Hospital treats more Louisiana kids with cancer than all other facilities combined. Children’s Hospital’s LaNasa-Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders treats more than 1,100 children with cancer each year, and our hospital has a policy of never turning away a child who needs the care we offer, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The hospital provides treatment for children with leukemia, lymphoma, tumors, anemia, hemophilia, and other childhood cancers.

So amazing, and I am so excited to be a part of this race to benefit the Children’s Hospital and to represent Rebootizer. So, what exactly is Rebootizer? Let me tell you!

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By drinking Rebootizer, powerful antioxidants and digestive properties can support your body to fight oxidative stress by helping to clean toxins accumulated through excesses, before they become harmful.  "Oxidative Stress" is an imbalance that arises when our cells cannot adequately destroy the free radicals. The higher the imbalance, the more it can be a precursor to the body’s dysfunctions and have an impact on the aging process.

In addition to long-term effects, temporary oxidative stress generated by junk food, alcohol, caffeine and smoking also has harmful short-term effects. The morning after price of this imbalance can include a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach and a weakened immune system.

I plan to take Rebootizer after I workout as a recovery drink.  It’s also great to take when you feel run down, are feeling dehydrated, when flying on a plane, or anywhere you may feel like you need a “reboot”. Rebootizer comes in these really cool and convenient pouches, that are great to use anywhere, anytime.

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I am just touching the surface here, more info on Rebootizer to come!

You can buy Rebootizer on their website, and also learn more about them. They also have a Twitter account and Facebook page. Stay tuned, I will be sharing more about Rebootizer as I train for the race, and my experience with it personally and how it helps me with my running. I can’t wait to share more with you! If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I would love to answer!

QOTD: Have you ever run a race for a good cause? I would love to hear about it.

How do you “reboot” your body when you are feeling run down?

Weekly Recap: August Week 4

 

Happy Sunday! Honestly, this week there isn’t a ton to report since I came home on Monday sick after Healthy Living Summit. I did lots of sleeping and nose blowing, and was finally able to run Friday, but that was my first workout since Sunday. Let’s recap, shall we?

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Proof I actually ran in Boston. Did you ever doubt me? Smile

(from Meghann’s blog)

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Sunday: 3 mile fun run at Healthy Living Summit

Monday: traveled home, let the sickies begin (obviously, rest day)

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: WANTED to workout but knew if I wanted to run the next day it was a bad idea

Friday: 8 mile run

Saturday: Beast Body Bootcamp and 20 minutes stationary bike

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eh. What can you do? It happens. 11 miles running for the week isn’t awful….well, two weeks before a half marathon it is, but I hadn’t done weights in a week, and I wanted to go into my race strong. Oh well! Rolling with the punches over here. I still have some lingering sniffles, but am hoping to tackle 11 miles tomorrow as my last (and only) double digit run before the half. I can’t believe it’s finally here! Have a great day everyone.

QOTD: Would you rather have a cold for a week or the chicken pox for a week?

HLS 2012: Chobani Dinner at Evoo

 

On the Saturday night of Healthy Living Summit, I was invited along with a few other lovely blogger ladies to attend a special Chobani hosted dinner at a restaurant called Evoo. We took the shuttle to a nearby stop and walked to the restaurant.

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They had a private room set up for us with two tables.

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We found our seats and I took a look at what appeared to be an amazing menu!

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Of course we were tweeting the whole time with the #ChobaniEvoo hashtag and sharing photos from the night, which was really fun. We started with a cocktail hour/time and then the food started coming out! (In the order it appears on the menu above)

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Even though I don’t eat seafood I did try a bit of it. Smile The lamb and the dessert were my favorite parts, and I could have kept on eating. The chef then came out and talked to us about how they use yogurt as a substitute for certain ingredients in the dishes, it was really interesting!
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What is a fun and fancy dinner without great photos with friends?

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Alicia, me and Theodora

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Anne and I with our Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy SIII phones. We got to chat about how much we love them and got to use them this weekend! Friends, swipe makes my life so much easier. Also, 4G LTE is so super fast, I tell no lies.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye to our lovely hosts for the evening. It was so great to meet these ladies in person.

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Of course we had to take a group photo!

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We also got to take home some awesome Chobani swag. You should have seen me trying to stuff all of this in my suitcase!

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A huge huge thank you to Chobani for an amazing dinner with lots of great food and fun. It was so nice to relax and have some girl chat after the stresses of the Summit were over!

QOTD: Favorite greek yogurt flavor?

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s post to see how you can win 2 pounds of fitmixer product!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product

HLS 2012: Day Three/Sessions

 

Saturday morning I decided to “sleep in” till 6:00 since the planning team had to be down in the lobby at 7:00 to get ready for the day. A lot of people didn’t make it to registration the night before so we had the tables set up again, plus the sponsors set up and and of course breakfast to get everyone ready for the day.

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Mary and I ready for a long day

It was quite the interesting morning, because ransom hotel guests kept coming over and asking us questions. At one point, an older couple came over to me and asked if we were giving away “free sneakers” I told them no, and went on to explain why we were there, and that attendees had paid for a ticket and that nothing was free. The old man then goes “oooh, free pens!” and took one of our pens and put it in his pocket. Then he did the same with a bottle of water. I really, really, didn’t know what to say. It was so random. So, we ended up having random people we had to keep shoo-ing out of the area where our sponsors were, because they were going in and taking all the free samples! I had to laugh when I saw this sweet old lady in a wheelchair trying to take things from sponsors.

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We got everyone registered and into breakfast, and the day got started. It flew by as I was running around moving items, introduced a speaker, had to get ready for my session, etc. I barely ate lunch, and didn’t have time to talk to all the sponsors (who were amazing by the way!)

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(speaking of sponsors, how cute are these Five Bamboo pants?)

Lunch was served where we had the cocktail party the night before. It was delicious. The Hyatt in Cambridge did a fantastic job with all the food.

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After lunch I ran back to my room to go over my speech one last time before my session on Social Media trends. Before I knew it, it was finally time for my presentation! If you would like to check out some things tweeted during my session be sure to check out #HLSmedia. I am still trying to decide if I am going to share my presentation on my blog and what that would entail. Stay tuned! I did however want to post the Google Plus links I promised some of you on Twitter:

—Cheat sheet: http://allgoogleplus.co.uk/2011/07/05/google-plus-cheat-sheet/#.UDo14dZlTYg

—Adding Facebook to your Google+ account: http://crossrider.com/install/519-google+facebook

—Shortening name: http://gplus.to/

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I was excited/nervous before the presentation started but as predicted, as soon as I started talking I was fine. If you attended my presentation I hope you enjoyed it and learned something! Like I said please don’t hesitate to ever e mail me with any questions!

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(from Meghann)

My session was also live blogged by Kelly and you can check it out on her blog!

After my session, we all headed back into the main room for final thoughts/wrap up. The day was such a whirlwind, I cannot believe it was over so quickly! I enjoyed it so much though. Meghann, Heather and Julie did an awesome job putting the conference on!

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It was time to get cleaned up for a special dinner with Chobani, but I will save that for another post on Friday!

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check this out:

I am the Next DOer contest, now in its second year, is launching this week on Promax Nutrition’s Facebook page.  They would like to invite you to submit a picture and why he or she should be the next DOer.  I Am the Next DOer contest will be a nationwide search for the next DOer whom embodies everything Promax stands for, and embraces the Life is Go mentality.

In order to enter, one must like the Promax Nutrition Facebook page, submit a picture and explain why he or she should be the next Doer.  Upon liking the Promax Facebook page, one has the ability to vote for whom he or she believes is a true DOer. Promax encourages finalists to “campaign” to win by posting videos/links and share why he or she should be the next DOer.

http://www.facebook.com/PromaxNutrition

Winners will receive a once in a lifetime vacation to either Costa Rica, Kona, or Galapagos which includes a 5 day, 4 night stay, one year supply of Promax bars, and will be featured in the 2013 DOer campaign (which includes one professional photo and video shoot in Los Angeles, CA).  Two weekly finalists will be selected throughout entry period and will win a $50 GNC gift card, Promax tee-shirt, and 3 boxes of bars.  Entry begins August 1st and lasts until September 4th, 2012.  Voting period begins September 10th and lasts until September 21th, 2012.

QOTD: So who wants to attend HLS13 after reading these recaps?!?

HLS 2012: Sunday Run and Boston Fun

 

Good morning! I am back home and oh it feels so good. Unfortunately, I seem to have taken home a little souvenir, a cold and runny nose. Boo! Either way, still good to be home and sleep in my own bed.

In case you have missed my other HLS posts so far, you can check them out here:

HLS Cocktail party

HLS 2012 Day one

I Made It!

I am going to be skipping around a bit because well, I can, and because I want to go more in depth with the post for the Saturday sessions and with my cold I am not thinking straight and the post will be poorly written. So, I am going to jump to something a lot less thought provoking, all the fun we had on Sunday!

I was up at 7:00 for the 5k fun run. We all met in the lobby at 8:00, and most people seemed very sleepy from all the fun from the day before.

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me and Ashley in our matching headbands

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Theodora photo bombing this group shot

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The whole group ready to go (oh my the poor man who took the picture….took him five minutes!

We headed out onto the street and to the river where some ran, some walked.

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We crossed over the bridge into Boston. (By the way, the weather was so awesome and cool!)

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Sweat Pink!

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After our run, we had a farewell brunch which was absolutely delicious, and then I headed out to meet my boss at the travel agency I work for. She came in on the train and met me at Harvard square and we took the train to downtown Boston.

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I found it so fascinating since I grew up in below-sea-level New Orleans where we have no underground anything.

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We wandered around ate lunch, and did a lot of chatting.

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We had a good time catching up, but before I knew it it was getting late and we took the train back so I could catch the hotel shuttle back to the Hyatt. It was so great to see her but I felt like a bump on a log because I was so tired from the summit!

I did some relaxing and hanging at the hotel before bedtime and heading home Monday morning! My next update will backtrack to Saturday!

HLS 2012: Cocktail Party

 

Friday night was the annual healthy living summit Cocktail party. I had a blast hanging out with old and new friends and of course taking pictures in the photo booth.

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me and Kelly before the party.

People arriving at the party

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The party was held in a tent connected to the hotel. It was a great space and we also had great snacks!

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Epic Whoopie pies were consumed.

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Mary, me and Amanda

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Me and Courtney

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me and Chandra from the awesome Drink Chia Team

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Meghann, Mary, and me

Good times were definitely had by all and I was sad to see when 10:00 rolled around. I think it was a great way to let the bloggers mingle before the sessions on Saturday and get to know each other!

QOTD: Do you LOVE photo booth pics? why or why not.

Healthy Living Summit 2012: Day 1

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Hi friends! Yesterday was a whirlwind of a day! I am so tired but having a blast! Ok, so let’s backtrack. My morning started off with a solo run along the river. I decided I probably wasn’t going to get up for the Saturday run, so I decided to take on a few miles on my own. Let me tell you, it was BLISS! Not only was it scenic, but oh my gosh low humidity and temps. I was in HEAVEN!

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There was a nice path that went along the water with the road on the other side. There were plenty of other bikers and runners out and about.

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There were some nice shady areas as well.

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I would love to have a great place like this to run all the time. Love.

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After my run I took a quick shower and then it was time for the whole foods mini mingle!

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Roomies!

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Me and Lynda

Our group walked about 20 minutes to Whole Foods and we grabbed lunch at the salad bar.

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Well, I got a turkey sandwich.

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Then, we had to walk back because it was registration time! Team healthy Living Blogs, GO!

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Bathroom photo fun.

We got everything ready for registration with only a few minor glitches. I was in the swag bag room with Mary and we were in charge of punching holes in people’s name badges and giving them their bags.

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That’s not even all the bags. Smile

We had a great time, and I am wiped. I will save the cocktail party for the next post.

Don’t forget, my session on social media trends is at 3:30 EST and people will be live tweeting, using the hashtag #HLSmedia so be sure to join in the fun!

QOTD: What item would you love to see in a swag bag?

Boston Bound

 

Good morning friends! Big day for me. I jump on a plane and head to BOSTON today! I am so excited for Healthy Living Summit, and I can’t believe it’s HERE, and I can’t believe it’s been a year since Philly.

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I arrive this evening and will immediately be going to my first mini mingle, meeting up with some of the attendees for fro-yo. Friday is registration and the cocktail party, and of course the sessions Saturday. I will be using my awesome new Samsung Galaxy S3 from Verizon Wireless to live tweet (#HLS12) during the summit. i will also be tweeting, and using Instagram to share photos with those of you at home.

*Awesome feature alert, when you are looking at the screen of the new Galaxy, the screen doesn’t go dark after a certain length of time. It detects your eyes looking at the screen and stays lit. Way cool, I love it!

A couple of things I gleaned from last year that I will be sure to carry into this year include…

-Leaving enough room in my suitcase for my epic swag bag.

-wearing comfortable shoes all weekend (except for dinners/parties) so I don’t get blisters walking around the city

-bring a jacket into the conference because it was cold last year!

-bring a notebook for note taking during the sessions. last year I scribbled on scratch paper which ended up being difficult to read.

-Take more pictures! While I did take a lot last year, I want to get more candid shots this year of everyone having a good time at the summit.

-Try to talk to as many people as I can. Last year was my first conference and I was a little nervous and didn’t branch out as much as I would have liked.

To say I am excited is a severe understatement. My next blog post will be direct from Boston!

QOTD: What is an activity you would love to do at a blogging conference?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

Running on the Wall

 

hey guys! in case you missed it, I posted a second blog post yesterday about the revealing of the WDW 20th anniversary marathon medal! Please please go check it out, I even did a vlog for you, and it’s not just any old vlog. Smile

So I am in quite the panic because I am heading to my parents house for the night because tomorrow, I catch a plane for BOSTON for the Healthy Living Summit! Excited is an understatement. I have never been to Boston, and, I am speaking at the summit on Saturday. eekk! Yesterday I finished up my presentation (nothing like last minute eh?) and I can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference. Going. to be. epic. I can’t wait to share all the highlights and fun with you, so be sure to check out my blog for the next few days to follow along. Also follow #HLS12 on Twitter to stay up to date.

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Ok, jumping all over the place here. I wanted to also tell you about a great company called Running on the Wall. (Facebook page here). They contacted me awhile back to see if I wanted to review one of their medal hangers. Yes please! Mine was hopelessly running out of space.  They let me pick my design, and sent it to me so quickly, everything went smoothly and their customer service is great. So, here is the one I chose:

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They have a bunch of different sayings you an choose from, colors, and two sizes. You can also get a wall hanger for your race bibs! It came with nails and was easy to assemble the screws into the front. I highly recommend Running on the Wall if you are looking for a new medal hanger.

QOTD: What mantra would you put on a medal hanger?

As Healthy Living Summit Draws Near…

 

About this time last year, I announced I was going to do something really fun…I was going to attend  the Healthy Living Summit in Philly! I snatched up a ticket quickly because I knew they would sell out fast. I booked a flight, and made plans to visit a new city, have fun, learn a lot, and make new friends. Let me tell you, I had a really great time getting to know people! Also, if you don’t have a blog but just love health and fitness, that’s ok, you can come!

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Here are my recaps from HLS:

Philly Bound

Arriving at the HLS

Sleepy Saturday at HLS

HLS cocktail party

HLS Saturday sessions

Saturday night fun in Philly

Super Sunday at HLS

Whew! That’s a lot of recaps, but I can assure you a lot went on to warrant all those recaps!

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Holy swag is what you are thinking, and holy swag is RIGHT!

I know some people are worried about meeting other bloggers in real life, or going to a new place and not being sure if it will be fun…well I can promise you HLS is fun!! I made some many new friends and connections, and it was great to finally meet some of the people I felt like I already knew. It was also great to learn new tips and tricks to blogging and healthy living in general. So, if you are on the fence about going, let me give you a gentle nudge. You won’t regret it! If you have any questions about the summit please feel free to ask!

This years conference will be in BOSTON August 17-19. Tickets go on sale soon so be sure to like the Healthy Living Summit Facebook page to stay up to date on news and info!

Not to mention…yours truly is one of the speakers this year!!! That’s right, I will be hosting a session on social media and utilizing the latest trends to grow your blog readership. I am SO excited! I hope you will consider coming!

QOTD: Have you ever been to a blogging conference? Are you planning to go to HLS?