The Great Mother's Day 5K

Last year for Mother's Day, my daughters and I celebrated by running in the first annual Great Mother's Day race. It was a crazy day, I remember it quite well. Other than this race which was the highlight of the day, the day totally sucked. We were having car issues, so we were down to one vehicle that day. Ronin had to stay home with daddy (which made him VERY unhappy) and the girls and I had to rush to the race and then rush back home because James needed the truck so he could run up and back to the auto repair shop. We did NOTHING on this day other than the race. NOTHING. I didn't get any presents (and I know, that's not what Mother's Day is all about), no cards, no flowers. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. But what I did get was a fun little race with my two best girls (and then later that afternoon after the car was fixed I went out and bought myself a kick ass Trek road bike for my Mother's Day gift. Tongue Out)

Watching these little athletes (ages 6 1/2 , and 8 at the time of the race) run, and have fun was better than any present (except my Trek road bike Wink.) Ella took it VERY seriously and went out full force and ended up being the first child to cross the finish line. Last year they didn't have divisions for kids her age, but it's my understanding that they will this year.

Last year was a bit challenging because Ella loves to run, and Haley likes to walk. I tried to pace myself so that I was right in the middle of them, but I ended up closer to Ella than Haley, and Haley got upset because she couldn't see me Cry As soon as Ella and I crossed the finish line, we immediately headed back for Haley and cheered Haley across.

This year will be different because all 5 of us will be doing it together, and James will likely walk, so any walking kids can stay back with him.

I love to be able to support our local races, and spend a day being active with my family.

The event organizers of the Great Mother's Day race want you to get out and have fun with your family, too. And they have extended a 10% discount code for you to use when you register on Active.com. The code is TBBLOG. Click here to sign up!

Children in strollers and ages 7 and under are FREE, so come on out with your kids, and join me and my family! They have pre and post-race water and snacks, water stations along the course and it's in beautiful Al Lopez park. they do support a local charity, there is only race day packet pick-up, so no extra trip needed (which is awesome!!) and there was plenty of parking. And a playground for before/after the race to keep the kids busy!

Hope to see you there!

Update your wardrobe without commitment!!

One of the best (and yet not) things about losing 212 pounds was shopping for new clothing. Why was it both good and bad? Good because it meant that I was getting smaller and bad because I hate to shop, and I hate to spend money on clothing that wouldn't last a long time because I was still losing weight! Undecided  Bargains from the local thrift stores and consignment shops filled my closet.

I have never been one to experiment with fashion. My style is pretty basic. Solid colors, straight lines, some might even call it boring. I call it safe. And because I don't like to shop, I'm not one to really go out and spend a lot of time exploring new stores, trends, styles, etc...just not my thing.

Then *this life* happened. The life where I am on TV, my story is published in national magazines, I am recognized by strangers when I am out at the store. Suddenly my life of sloppy dressing, running around in moisture wicking clothing , and 3 sizes too big t-shirts just wasn't going to cut it anymore. But, I still hate to shop. My body is still going through shape changes as I tone up and get leaner. And I am a stay-at-home-mom now, so I dislike spending money on clothing even MORE now than I did before.

Enter Gwynnie Bee. Let me just say that YES, I KNOW THAT GWYNNIE BEE CATERS TO THE PLUS SIZE WOMAN. AND YES, I KNOW THAT I AM NOT PLUS SIZE. But I am a WOMAN WITH CURVES! That said, they also carry garments that are NOT plus size. I just have to take a bit more time to go through my online closet and make sure that the clothing I like might actually fit me!

The concept behind Gwynnie Bee is awesome for a person like me. They take out all the "style fear" that I have. I can order something, it arrives, I put it on, and either I love it and keep it for a few wearings, or I don't love it, and I immediately send it back and they send out something else in my closet. It's super easy. It's clothing without commitment!

How does it work?? This is from their website:

"Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription service for size 10-28 (Jenny here...they do have some items in a size 8, you just have to look and some of their clothing runs small, so it's worth a 30 day free trial to see if their sizing works for you and they will be getting smaller sizes in the very near future). You pay a monthly fee for access to an unlimited wardrobe and unlimited free shipping.

We offer a 30 day free trial period - there's no reason not to try it. Have fun with fashion. Enjoy and exchange.

Create an Account.
Simply use your email address and set a password.

Browse the collection.
Check out all the designers, styles and looks you'll love.

After you look around, Subscribe.
While we ask for your credit card, the first 30 days are on us (free!). Billing starts on the 31st day. Also, have no fear: You can cancel online at any time by clicking a button in your account page.

Add clothes to your virtual closet.
Try fun stuff. It's rental - not ownership. Explore and be adventurous.

Wear it. Rock it. Love it.
It takes 2-4 days for your box to arrive, filled with items that you've selected and put in your closet.

Send back what you like, when you like.
Using the pre-paid bags, send back as many garments as you like: one, two, three, or all at once. Your choice. We handle the cleaning, so send it back in any state.

As soon as you let us know you're dropping garments in the mail, your next box, with that many garments, goes out."

 I'm back. It's THAT EASY! Think NetFlix for clothing!! I've gotten at least 3 shipments now. The first shipment had 7 items in it, and only 2 fit. Here they are:

I haven't worn the black dress yet, and I might not...it's a bit long for me, but I did wear the red shirt on TV, and then I sent it back. I liked it, but it did start to droop on my shoulders, so it was too big.

My second shipment was full of clothing that was all too big. Oh well, back it went. And my third shipment had items that ALL FIT!! WooHoo!! I'll be posting my Outfits of the Day (OOTD) on my Facebook page and on my Twitter feed @jennymetmorfit. Yesterday I wore a beautiful Land's End Henley in Sapphire size medium that was so soft, and was so comfortable!! My daughter Haley had a cheerleading party, and once I dropped her off and my daughter Ella and I started off on our adventure, Ella looked at me with such love in her eyes and said "mama, you are the prettiest and nicest of all the cheerleading mamas." Smile

Today I should have been back on TV, but my Ronin is very sick, so I had to take a personal day with him. I had a great outfit from Gwynnie Bee all picked out too, but as luck would have it, I have an event on Thursday so I can wear it then!Cool

Check Gwynnie Bee out. I think you'll be amazed by the quick turn-around, quality of clothing, and if you HATE shopping like I do, but LOVE getting the mail, then you will totally dig this service!! I HIGHLY recommend following them on Pinterest to get a preview of what they have available and what they have coming up! I've even created my own Gwynnie Bee favorites board on my own Pinterest account!!

Click on the link below (or in my sidebar) to get to their webpage!

If you decide you want to give them a try, then starting TODAY March 12, 2013, if you sign up for Gwynnie Bee and mention MY name Jenny Hodges/Metamorfit, you get a free, 30 day-trial subscription (up to 3 items at a time.) No risk, no commitment at all. Cancel on or before your 30 days are up and you won't be charged (but you do have to mail back the clothing.) The site is currently INVITE ONLYso tell them that I referred you, activate your account, browse around and give it a try!!

Music Monday: You can go hard or you can go home

Oh wait, I am already home. Undecided

I have had a very trying 4 days. From learning that my kids were treated inappropriately on their bus, to my son getting a horrible stomach bug and throwing up on nearly every surface of my house, every blanket, every rug. And then throw in the stuff coming out from the other end and it was a V.E.R.Y. long Sunday. He's home with me today, still not feeling great and running a fever, but at least he's keeping all his bodily fluids inside his body (knock on wood.) I haven't had a "good" workout since Friday. Frown

But I am about to go hard with an at home workout consisting of Body Pump and my own circuit workout. Then I am washing my smelly dog.

 

It's Monday people, oh yes, it's Monday.