WHISTLE GIVEAWAY!!!!!! and new goals.

I had to take a break from blogging for a little bit for a whole host of reasons.  Mainly because I was so busy prepping for a big test while simultaneously taking a Financial Accounting course online and dealing with an onslaught of extra work from my day job.  So, after crossing most of that off of my list, I’m back y’all.

These last couple of months have been tough stuff.  I have been traveling like a mad woman and working towards this huge personal goal I have of going to business school and it has taken all kinds of tolls on me.  I am very excited to be back in a good mindset and ready to take on new challenges.  I have a half marathon coming up in January that I’m running with one of my dearest college friends and while I’m having a great time training for it, the half marathon distance is becoming more and more attainable…which is both an awesome and scary thing.

It’s awesome because yay, fitness!  Look at me go crushing double digit mile runs repeatedly!  But also GAH!  That means to challenge myself next I’ve got to set my sights on the big ole marathon.  So, I’ve semi-decided that in my 26th year I’m going to run 26 miles.  Or at least attempt to pending no injuries.  This is still a maybe goal since I haven’t really decided if I’m up for the challenge of running for 3+ hours straight but we’ll see.

At least I’ve got the most epic training buddy in the world to get me through it.  I always say that if I didn’t have Boo, I wouldn’t move nearly as much.  This pup keeps me on my toes and keeps me active all day everyday whether I like it or not.  If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I am obsessed with tracking metrics.  I have a Polar watch, a Garmin, a Jawbone Up, a MyZone, and seemingly every other type of tracker in between, so when WhistleLabs reached out to me to get Boo in the game, I was all for it.

The Whistle is this genius little device that clips on to your dogs collar and uses GPS and an accelerometer to track minutes of activity and where your pup is in the world.  It’s seriously Genius.  I had always wondered how much activity Boo had been getting compared to her other peer dogs, and was really happy to see she was consistently above the norm.

The tracker syncs up with an app on your phone and provides you with a unique community to talk to and share all the puppy pictures your heart desires.  It’s awesome.  Plus, you get a notification on your phone when your dog goes out of a pre-set range you determine.  This thing is perfect for escape artists, I’m telling you now.

GIVEAWAY TIME:

I’m giving away 1 Whistle and 3 months of service to a reader!

You can enter in the following ways.  Do one of the below and comment what you’ve done and you’re entered!:

  • Instagram about the giveaway, using the tag #WhistleFit
  • Tweet about the giveaway, tagging #WhistleFit
  • Follow LoveandLunges & Whistle on Insta, Twitter, or Facebook

Restrictions: 

  • U.S. only
  • 1 prize per person

You can use the code WHISTLEFIT for $30 off!  This is such a great holiday gift and highlyyyyy recommended.  I know Boo loves it.

 

-sj

 

 

 

running here, there, and everywhere and an Amazing Grass Protein Review

Can’t stop won’t stop over here.  I literally have been non-stop the past couple of days.  Friday, I headed back home to Chicago to attend my cousin’s wedding, which was amazing. Pre-wedding, I decided to test my speed a little and do a fartlek run on the treadmill.  4 miles of random speeds later and I felt good.  Like really good.  I feel like I’m making strides (literally) and it’s a good feeling.

Sunday was a rest day because, let’s be honest, you couldn’t pay me to workout after that wedding.  But, thanks to the rise of the Pokemon Go app, I easily hit my 10,000 steps haha.  My boyfriend and I went on multiple aimless walks.  Gotta catch em all, obviously.

Today was a 5k.  I still am taking little breaks every now and then to reassess and check my ankle, but I’m getting there.  To be completely frank, it doesn’t always feel awesome.  There are times when I get a little nervous, but I know I’m ready and I’ve got to keep pushing to get there.  I have to say though my new supplement routine seems to helping with my progress.

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect protein powder.  After talking about supplements and all those fun extras a couple of posts back, I’ve been working to try and incorporate them into my meals a little more regularly.  I received a container of Amazing Grass Protein Superfood through my association with FitApproach.  All opinions are my own.

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Amazing Grass Protein is a blend of pea, hemp, chia, and quinoa, delivering 20g of protein per serving.  But that’s not all.  In each serving, you get 7 alkalizing organic greens and two-full servings of wholesome fruits and vegetables. No shame in getting a little extra goodness along with my protein.  Definitely not complaining.

When I first opened the canister, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t ready for the smell.  It’s unlike regular protein powders. The initial shock of the smell didn’t dissuade me though and I decided to use it in some shakes and try baking with it.  It’s a super convenient way to get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, that’s for sure.

So, I used some in a shake and I was shocked.  I expected it to be an overwhelming flavor that I wasn’t going to enjoy, but this was not the case at ALL.  I think the best part about the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood powder is that it’s more than just protein powder and that makes me want to use it as much as I can.  I started putting a little bit in my morning oatmeal, sprinkling it into some of my baked goods, and putting it in shakes.  I even gave it to my uber picky boyfriend and he loved it.  Seriously, I’m not just saying that.  It gave the shakes a green tea taste almost like matcha.  If you like matcha, you will honestly love this stuff.  It blends really well too because the powder is super fine.  Amazing Grass knows what’s up.

Best part.  Macros.  It’s super hard to find a low carb, vegan protein powder but each serving of this stuff only has 4g of carbs.  Yep.  4.  Kthanksbye.  20g of protein too.

Overall, really glad I gave this stuff a try and will be incorporating it into my rotation for sure.  It’s some of the most refreshing protein powder I’ve tried and tastes great in a simple shake of just bananas and almond milk.  Count me in.

-sj