Home Workouts with Grokker. Win a Premium Membership!

Okay, so you guys know I’m a runner. Duh, right? I also weight train a few times a week with my best training partner (that would be my hubby). So when I had a chance to try out Grokker, I knew exactly what types of classes I wanted to try. I specifically needed some mind and body home workouts, yoga in particular, plus some core work because I hate it tend to skimp on it at the gym.

If you’re like me, you’re pretty darn busy. Between work, blogging, family, and general living, it’s hard to find time for fitness. I love to run because I can slip on my shoes and head out the door. I love going to the gym because I’m with Alan (so it counts double as family time!). I have found though, that yoga is always the first thing that I drop when life gets extra crazy. And that’s not a good thing because not only does yoga strengthen my body, it strengthens my soul, centers me, and reminds me that I need to breathe.

Enter to win a free one year membership to Grokker! All kinds of home workouts from yoga, stretching, and meditation, to HIIT, Body Conditioning, and even cooking!

Grokker solves many of these problems because you can do your workout at home or anywhere you have an internet connection. I downloaded the app to my iPad, and now I’m free to do yoga in the park if I want! Grokker allows you to curate your own collection of favorites, so it’s always easy to find what you’re looking for. If you want to check out my collection, here you go!

In addition to the best yoga videos, you will find every kind of workout available, from HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), to Body Conditioning, cardio, stretching, core, and more. You’ll even find recipes with video instructions on preparing them!

Home Workouts with Grokker

I, along with other Sweat Pink Ambassadors are joining Grokker and FitApproach to help us get closer to our goal of #1millionminutes! To do that, the Sweat Pink team has curated their own favorites, from high intensity to mellow, and we’re sharing it with you to help get you started. Check out this list of participants and their go-to Grokker videos! And be sure to follow me on Instagram this week and keep an eye on #grokkermillion, #1millionmiles, and, of course, #sweatpink. We hope to inspire you with prompts to help you get and stay active!

Even better, or at least just as good, I have a giveaway for a one year subscription to Grokker Premium! You can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Plus, you can get a free month of the premium services by using the code LOVEGROKKER.

Enter to win a free one year membership to Grokker! All kinds of home workouts from yoga, stretching, and meditation, to HIIT, Body Conditioning, and even cooking!

Before that though, here is a fun little Mad Lib. I’d love to see your answers in the comments. Mine are in red.

“I’m so excited to rack up more minutes using video workouts from Grokker! There’s everything from HIIT to Strength Training for everyone from beginners to advanced, and I’m especially pumped to try YOGA (especially Vinyasa) because it will make me extra mellow (and stretchy).

I plan to do my video workout in my house before showering and after running. My favorite thing about video workouts is they’re so much fun, and they’re a super convenient way to get sweaty when I am short on time.

My goal is to hit 200 minutes this week! I’ll do a speed workout on one of my more intense workout days, and restorative yoga on a rest or lower intensity day.  I challenge my husband to beat my # of minutes or to do a Grokker Yoga video with me!”

Home Workouts with Grokker

As always, I got a little doggy help with my yoga.

Okay, here’s your chance to enter to win a one year membership to Grokker Premium. You can get extra entries each day by doing a Grokker class each day, so remember you can get a free one month membership with the code LOVEGROKKER.

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What’s your favorite way to get sweaty?

 

Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Grokker. All opinions are my own.

Poise, LBL, and DIY.

You know I’m kidding, right? About the Do it Yourself part, anyway. DIY and I are not usually mentioned in the same sentence. But, Poise has challenged me to be a little creative and do something DIY-ish with period pads.

What’s that you say?

Yes, the Poise #RecycleYourPeriodPad campaign is all about teaching women that it is very normal and common to have light bladder leakage (which we call LBL because, even though it is normal and common we haven’t quite accepted that it might happen to us). They also want us to know that Poise Thin-Shape pads are designed for LBL, because they provide the appropriate protection.

So, in a little creative spurt, I accepted the challenge. What could I create with a period pad? Nothing very fancy, I can tell you that right now. But, suddenly I had a thought. Those period pad are shaped a little like petals, right? So, I pulled out a few felt pens, a sheet of poster board, and, voila! Artwork!

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I tried to convince Alan that my artwork deserved a place right along side our Van Gogh poster.

Poise newBut he wasn’t buying it. I will mention that although my dear husband laughed at me the whole time I was creating my artwork, he was the one that added the lines to the stem and leaves to “make them look more realistic.”

Since he wouldn’t allow my flower on my living room wall, we finally settled on the perfect location.

Poise new 2Okay, so the spirit of the #recycleyourperiodpad campaign is light and fun. But if you are dealing with LBL, it might not feel like fun. It’s summertime, after all, so you want to enjoy the pleasures of picnics, barbecues, and warm weather with confidence. So on a more serious level, LBL really is quite normal, though you should have is assessed by your doctor. Here is a little more information.

What Causes LBL?

Women are different, so there is no one cause of light bladder leakage. Some things that may contribute to LBL are changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy, menopause, or weight gain. Other causes may be from complications of surgery or chronic conditions such as diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or Parkinson’s Disease, as well as bladder or urinary tract infections.

Managing LBL

The first step is to find, if possible, the cause of LBL. Consult with your doctor to find the root of the problem.  If your light bladder leakage is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, which is common, adding some Kegel exercises can help. If your LBL is sporadic, keep a record to see if you can find the trigger. It may be something you eat or drink: spicy food, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners can all cause irritation or spasms.

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When LBL occurs, many women tend to use their period pads for protection. Poise wants you to know that there is a better solution. Poise Thin-Shape Pads feature super absorbent material and  thin flex design for extraordinary protection that is 3x drier than period pads so that you can feel confident in your protection. Because Poise pads are made specifically for LBL, you will feel fresher and dryer, whether you leak a little when your laugh or have a sudden urge to go. One less thing to worry about.

You can try out the new Poise Thin-Shape Pads for free! Simply click on this link to download a coupon for free samples!

PoiseWhat would you create with a period pad?

Going Solar: Answers to Your Questions

What are your options when it comes to going solar? What does it cost for solar power? How much can you save with solar panels?

Well, it’s finally hit. Summertime in the desert hit us full force this weekend. Fortunately, I was in Ventura for the weekend, but we’re home now and the weather is sizzling. The forecast for today is a high of 107, climbing up to 115 by Thursday(!). As I write this, just before 1:00, it’s already 99 outside.

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What most people who live in normal, non-desert areas don’t realize, is that the temperature will continue to climb through the day, hitting its peak at about 6:00 pm. It most areas of the world, it then starts to cool down through the evening. Well, it will cool down here, too, all the way to about 100 at bedtime, toward a low of 79 in the small hours of the morning.

I’ve lived in the California desert for a long time and I love it, even the summertime. We are surrounded by air conditioning, from our home, to our cars, to work, to everyone we do business with. I know that if I want to run or do anything active outdoors I need to get up (really) early to get it done. The same goes for yard work, and even running errands, as getting in and out of a boiling hot car is one of the worst things about hot weather. In return for surviving about four months of hot weather, I have the best weather in the world for the rest of the year. Sounds like a fair trade to me!

Honestly though, there is one thing that I really don’t like about the desert summer. With those high temperatures and very little cooling off in the evening, it means that I never turn off my air conditioner. That’s right, my A/C pretty much runs 24 hours a day from June through September. I don’t like breathing canned air constantly, but what I really don’t like are my power bills, which will come close to tripling over the next few months.

I have been very interested in learning more about solar power. It is the future of energy after all, particularly in sunny climates like Southern California. I have had several clients who purchased it, and my son had solar panels installed when he had his new house built. Everyone has raved about their savings.

The downside? Well, the out of pocket expense for one thing. Even with incentives, and the potential future savings on your power bills, purchasing solar is very expensive. Until now, that is, where there is a cost saving solution that will save you money on your electric bills while eliminating the upfront cost of installing the solar panels. Going solar with Sunrun will save you money on your electricity bill immediately.  Sunrun customers save an average of 20% on their electric bills*

I had a lot of questions about solar power, and I’m sure you do too, so I wanted to share some of the answers with you, so that you can know your options.

What are your options when it comes to going solar? What does it cost for solar power? How much can you save with solar panels?

Going Solar: Answers to Your Questions

1. What are my options for going solar? Right now, there are two options. Purchase the solar panels, where you will be responsible for not only the upfront costs, including installation, but also any repair or service, insurance, parts, etc. The second option is leasing a system with a solar service provider.

2. What is a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA)? With leased solar, also called a PPA, the homeowner is able to have solar installed with little or no upfront cost. The solar lease provider installs, maintains, and monitors the system through the lifetime of the agreement. (Leased solar is not available in every state due to a variety of factors. Visit Sunrun.com to see if Sunrun service is available near you.)

3. How much does leased solar cost? Leased solar can be installed at little or no upfront cost to the consumer, who will then pay a reduced rate for their electricity. The monthly rate will vary based on tiered electric costs in your area, the size of the home, the size of the panels needed, etc.

4. How much will I save? The amount you will save will be specific to each customer. It will depend on your usage, your rate, and the rate charged by your local utility.

5. Do I get tax credits and rebates? There are both state and federal incentives that a homeowner can receive if they purchase solar panels. As the owner of the panels, the leased solar provider takes advantage of these incentives in order to lower the price you pay for your solar electricity.

6. What are tiered electricity rates? Tiered electricity rates are part of the reason electricity has become so expensive. With tiered rates, the more power you use the more your electricity costs per kilowatt hour. They are not as regulated, which means the power company has the ability to raise these rates without your consent. One of the nice things about going solar is that you can predict your electric rates for decades to come.

7. Where do the panels go on my house? Typically solar panels are installed on the southernmost portion of your house to better collect as much sun exposure and production as possible. The size and number of panels are designed specifically for your home and energy consumption.

I hope that answered some of your questions. If you have more, check out Sunrun.com. Sunrun invented solar service, a way to get solar energy on your roof without the high upfront cost and the hassle of ownership. When you sign a power purchase agreement with Sunrun, they will install, monitor, maintain, and repair your solar panels for the life of your agreement. You just pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce. Sunrun solar is a win-win: Good for your wallet and good for the planet through reduced energy consumption.

Sunroom is hosting a Sweepstakes on Facebook! You can win a Nest Learning Thermostat. Enter here!

*Actual savings will vary. See here for details.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Coola Sun Care, Bloggy Boot Camp, and some Link Love

First off, thank you so much for your support after yesterday’s post. I feel so loved and so comforted by everyone’s comments. It truly helps.

Today happens to be my last “official” day of work for the summer. The snowbirds have all gone, none of my clients live here year round, so I’m headed back to unemployment for a few months. I have plans (don’t I always?). I discussed a few the other day, but I’ll share a few more ideas in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite products, reads, and adventures for this last Friday in May.

Coola

While we need to protect our skin year round, with the weather warming up most of us are showing a lot more skin. Finding a good sun care line is really important. You want one you can trust. You need more than just sun protection, you want a product that is good for your skin, made by an ethical company, with the best ingredients possible.

I was first introduced to Coola Sun Care products several years ago at a fitness conference. I was given a couple samples to try. I’ve been in love ever since. First off, one of the most important things for me, they do no testing on animals. And Coola is based locally, in San Diego, and they incorporate a Farm to Face philosophy. They use the freshest ingredients possible, mostly organic, locally sourced, that are free of paba, parabens, petroleum, and phthalates.

CoolaMy favorite products are the Sport Unscented Spray, the lightly tinted mineral sunscreen for your face, and the Radical Recovery After-Sun lotion. The spray goes on easily and lightly with no oily feel. It really is unscented, so you won’t smell like a coconut (they do offer the spray in pina colada and citrus mimosa scents if you like). I use the mineral face sunscreen daily. The tint is so light that you can wear it alone or underneath your regular foundation. It has a matte finish and feels really good on my skin. I rarely have to use the Radical Recovery, as long as I’m consistent using the other two products, but it’s nice to have just in case. It contains aloe vera, agave, sunflower oil, and other ingredients to soothe and help repair your skin.

Coola has a variety of luxurious sun care products for your skin, your face, your lips, as well as for your baby.

I did receive the Sports Spray from Coola in exchange for my honest review. I asked them, because I love the product so much. I purchased the other items shown.

Bloggy Boot Camp

Tomorrow is Bloggy Boot Camp! I am so excited to learn, among other things, more about SEO. Not to mention that work/life balance that seems to be so challenging to achieve. Of course, for me the most exciting part is meeting up with old and new blogging friends, including Lisa and Melissa. And I’ll be driving up with three lovely blogging ladies from the desert, Andrea, Lizzie, and Candi. I can’t wait!

Sunwarrior

I make a smoothie almost every day to take with me to work. I want it to hold me over for the morning, keep away hunger pangs (yes I’m that person who needs fuel every two hours), and taste good. After recently getting a chance to try out Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder, I found it so perfect for my needs that I’ve continued to use it. It blends well, tastes good (it’s a perfect base for my favorite Berry Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie). I found a really good deal on it at Whole Foods, and they recently had it on sale at Vitamin World. I love finding a good deal on my favorites!

Sun Warrior 2I’ve been using the Warrior Blend. It has a complete essential acid profile, is easy to digest, and it tastes good. It’s made with a blend of hemp seed, pea, and cranberry proteins, it mixes well and does not have a gritty texture. It’s perfect for everybody, not just vegans.

Outlander

I was first introduced to the Outlander books last summer when we were visiting a friend in Big Bear. She absolutely raved about the series of novels, written by Diana Gabaldon. Somehow, even though the series began in 1991 and I am a constant reader, I missed hearing anything about it! Perhaps that is because some would consider it a romance novel, which it is. My friend assured me though, that it is much more like historical fiction.

Outlander

The premise sounds a little fantastical: A woman, Claire Randall, who is a nurse during World War II, is transported in time to 18th century Scotland, where she marries and falls in love with (in that order) Jamie Frasier, a Scottish Highlander (in spite of leaving another husband back in 1942).

But, I believed my friend and ended up downloading Outlander, the first in the series from Audible. I am now on the sixth (of eight so far) book, and I’m loving the whole series. After many adventures, Claire and Jamie are currently in America in 1773. Of course, Claire knows that the American Revolution is coming, but she doesn’t know what will happen to the two of them.

I’ve never read either romance novels or historical fiction, but I’ve loved every moment of this tale of two lovers from different centuries. I highly recommend the Outlander series. You can also watch the new series on Starz! I don’t get that channel, though I did purchase Outlander Season 1. One of these days I’ll sit down to watch it.

Link Love

I’m a little short on link love today (this post was already running a little long (oxymoron?)), but here are a few of my favorite posts from the past week.

Running

I love variety in my speed workouts, and I’m especially loving this one from MissZippy: Take it to the Track Workout.

Blogging

Most bloggers love getting comments. Here’s some great advice from Olyvia.com: 5 Official Secrets to Getting More Blog Comments.

Food

Here is the latest of delicious breakfast idea from Cadry’s Kitchen using her Eggy Tofu: Vegan Denver Omelet Quesadilla.

Do you enjoy romance novels? Have you read Outlander? Have you ever been to a Bloggy Boot Camp or other blogging event? What did you think?

I’m linking up with xoxoRebecca for That Friday Blog Hop

That Friday Blog Hop

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Are You Confident Enough to #GoCommando?

 

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Quick confession: I’ve been going commando for running, fitness, and yoga for years. And, since I work as a personal trainer, and wear spandex daily, I #GoCommando in my work clothes too. So there. Of course, I’m a longtime Cottonelle fan, so I’ve had clean confidence for a while.

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Of course, Cottonelle is not the only thing that gives me confidence. I work really hard to stay fit and strong. I start most days with a run, sometimes long, sometimes short, occasionally fast(ish), frequently slow. I work my muscles with some type of strength workout several days a week. Some days it’s yoga, others it Pilates. I also love weights, using the TRX, and once in a while an outdoor, body weight only workout.

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A Food Lovers Dream: The Orange Chef Countertop

This post is sponsored by Orange Chef and Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

I’ve always been an early adapter. I had my first smart phone in the dark ages, when they were slow, clunky, and didn’t even have GPS. I get a new phone almost every year, I have tablets, computers, GPS watches, a fitness tracker, heart rate monitors and more. My charging station is so full that there is a line to get in to charge. I love techno everything and believe me, I’m not easily impressed anymore unless you can really WOW me.

Well, I’ve been wowed. The new Orange Chef Countertop, coming later this year, will not only weigh your food, which is quite helpful for keeping track of calories and nutrients, it will also suggest what food to eat, find recipes, learn what food you like (and don’t like), and keep an accurate log of what you eat.  The Wow Factor is that it works with your Vitamix, Crockpot, and fitness tracker to offer you meal recommendations, customize your own recipes, and track everything from your exercise to your nutritional intake and your sleep. Wow!

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I can’t wait! I am a data nerd by nature, and I love knowing exactly what I’m putting in my mouth. That smoothie with two bananas, frozen fruit, protein powder, etc? Now I’ll know exactly how many calories that healthy “snack” provides.

I also create recipes, for myself, then I like to share them right here. When the Orange Chef Countertop is released, I’ll have a better idea of the nutrients in each dish. I tend to throw things together, and I’m lucky enough that they taste good. Now I can throw together with a purpose, and keep track of important details while I’m doing it.

Currently the Orange Chef Countertop is designed to work with Vitamix and Crock Pot (an optional adapter is required), and the Jawbone fitness tracker. Other appliances and trackers will be added. The app requires an iPhone 5 or above, with iOS 8 or above, though an Android version is in the works. It will be released in late 2015, but you can get significant savings by pre-ordering now, including a $10 savings by using my affiliate link.

Orange Chef ButtonSeriously, if you’re a kitchen gadget lover like I am, this is perfect. It is functional, nice looking, and it has a low profile, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen. What’s not to love?

Are you a kitchen gadget lover? What is your favorite one?