Dirty Girl Mud Run-A Giveaway

Last year I had the opportunity to run in a wide variety of races. Dirty Girl was one them, and I had a blast. I ran it with the Tampa Bay Bloggers (team Dirty Bloggers) and we had so much fun!

This year Dirty Girl is coming to the Tampa area on Saturday November 23rd. It's being held at the beautiful Little Everglades Ranch. I can't do it this year because I'm running with my daughter's the next day, and I can't be gone from the house all day in two consecutive days. The folks over at Dirty Girl have allowed me to gift my registration to one of you!!

I support Dirty Girl because they support empowering women and educating the women about the risks of breast cancer and supporting victims and survivors. Being the daughter of a survivor I support causes that support what my mom went through.

Here is more information about their race:

Dirty Girl is  the original women-only national mud run series. It is an untimed obstacle course that welcomes women of all ages and athletic abilities, Dirty Girl Mud Run challenges women to break from their routine for a day, get out of their comfort zones, get dirty, and accomplish something brand new – all while having a blast. Every one of the obstacles—from the “Utopian Tubes” tunnel crawl to the “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” mud pit—is optional, so participants can skip anything they find too difficult. Forming teams is encouraged, and so are crazy team uniforms.

A Dirty Girl Mud Run comes with excitement, laughter, and camaraderie—as well as lots of music, food and drinks. From start to finish, it’s an unforgettable event and an incredible teambuilding experience.

Dirty Girl events attract thousands of women in each city they stop in, and they expect to reach over 350,000 participants by the end of 2013.

All women ages 14 and up are welcome to participate. NO TRAINING required!

Dirty Girl is a for-profit company that strongly believes in educating women about the risks of breast cancer and supporting victims and survivors.


In 2013, Dirty Girl plans to donate $250,000 to Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and early treatment of breast and ovarian cancers in young women. 

Cancer survivors run for free at any event.

Use the code DGCENTRALFLORIDA and save a WHOPPING 20% on your registration fee!!!

Do you want to win? Just leave me a comment telling me why you want to do a mud run. I'll pick a winner next Wednesday.

#Rethinkyourday

I have been having ups and downs with my body recently. I know I should be so proud of all the weight I've lost, AND I AM, but my body is changing shape.

As I've been strength training more and more, I am getting more muscular. The top half of me from the waist up in getting leaner, stronger, more defined while the bottom half is building muscle and my thighs and butt are growing. Surprised It's a COMMON issue with women who crossfit. I've talked to my female coaches and some of the other female athletes at my box, and they all agree that it takes some time to get used to, but once you do, and you realize what your body is capable of doing, a mind shift happens and bam...it's no longer a concern.

I had that mind shift happen today and it totally made me #rethinkmyday.

What was my ultimate goal when I started CrossFit En Fuego? I wanted to become stronger. I wanted to be able to pick up my dog. I wanted to be able to do a pull-up. And I have certainly become stronger. And if I had to do it, I could pick up 2 Matthew's (my dog, he weighs 120lbs.) Pull-ups are still a work in progress but at least I've gone down in assisted band color/resistance!!

I stepped in to my box this morning and saw the WOD posted. And then Coach Josh explained something that was written on the board but that we sometimes overlook. 1 big word and 1 big phrase. HEAVY & NOT FOR TIME.

This is when the phrase #rethinkgyourday started playing over and over in my head and I decided that not only would I go HEAVY, I would go for my max prowler push and sled pull. Like over 200 pounds. I have wanted to pull what I lost since the beginning on September and have been training hard. I've been pulling 45 pounds for a mile for at least a month. I didn't want to pull 200 pounds for a mile, just 40 yards.

Could I do it??

YES!! I did it!! It was heavy. It was challenging. I had to stop at least once and regain my footing because I was a little unbalanced.  How did I manage to carry this much weight around on my body on a daily basis? I have no idea.

Then it was time for the push. I haven't really been practicing the prowler push and really didn't know what I'd be able to do. My friend Kris had just finished her push, and was waiting and she jokingly said "can you push me back down?" and I said YES, jump on! Again, I had no idea what I'd be pushing. Turns out I pushed over 230 pounds!!

I didn't even realize that a photo was snapped until Coach Jen put my camera back down on the weights. I love that. Kiss

So I did it. I pushed and pulled the amount of weight that I used to carry around on my body.

Then I came home and took a picture of my arm. Would it be visibly noticeable that I had gained muscle?

I can see it. And I'm very happy with it. I don't think my extra skin is ever going to go away. But I'm okay with that. Look at the muscle that is building on top of it. That's proof that my hard work is paying off!

What can you do to #rethinkyourday??

My Big Fat Revenge: The Fat Friend, PLUS a HUGE GIVEAWAY

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of the Oxygen Network.

Have you been tuning in to My Big Fat Revenge on Oxygen?  Check out this sneak peak from Oxygen’s My Big Fat Revenge and tune in tonight at 9pm EST!

Thankfully I have had always had a supportive husband who never compared my weight, or looks with other women that we would see out and about. I am extremely fortunate that my husband married me for the woman he saw inside, and not on the outside. His support means the world to me.

Neesha

Have you ever been the fat friend? Or do you have a friend that is your "fat friend?" I've been the fat friend. For years I was the fat friend. I was always the girl that made the other girls look skinny, and pretty. Thankfully my friends never made me feel bad about being the fat friend. I had amazing college roommates who were (and are!!) beautiful, smart and kind. And most all of the friends I made during the "mommy playgroup" phase I was in NEVER made me feel insecure about being fat. Never. And I love those ladies for sticking by me through thick and thin (no pun intended!!)

Alex

Meet the ladies:

NEESHA seeks revenge on her ex-fiance, who picked apart women in public, half her size, to make her feel self-conscious about her own weight.

ALEXANDRA moves past the pain of having her ex-roommate say she wasn’t “on her level” and she was the “fat friend” who was too heavy to be seen with.

We are doing an amazing giveaway with $500 in prizes for one lucky winner…you’re going to want to win this!  

One winner will receive the following ($500 value).

  • (1) $150 Whole Foods Gift card
  • (1) Fitbit ($100 value)
  • (1) $100 AMEX
  • (1) $150 Lulu Lemon GiftCard

The giveaway is open to US residents only and will be selected randomly from the comments. Giveaway open until October 28th. Winner will be announced in my My Big Fat Revenge finale post on October 29th.

So, do you want to win this $500 prize pack? It's easy!! Just leave me a comment telling me about a time you've felt discouraged while trying to reach the goal of becoming a better you.

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