Herbal Essences Naked Kit-A Review

Last month I posted that I had received a Herbal Essences Naked kit from WalMart and Herbal Essences.

I had the last few weeks to try out the shampoo and I like it. It has a wonderful grapefruit scent. It smells very clean. I also tried the dry shampoo and that was interesting.

I couldn't commit to using the product every time I washed my hair because my hair is heavily processed and I need to use a special shampoo/conditioner, but I did like it on the days that I used it. I let my daughters use it too and both of them really liked it! They too enjoyed the citrus/grapefruit scent and the way that the conditioner left their hair feeling silky and soft.

You can watch this little clip here to learn more about it:

Disclosure: The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences.

Iron Girl Cleawater 2014 Giveaway and Discount Code

Have you been thinking about doing a 5K or a 1/2 Marathon? Iron Girl is an awesome running series for women only.

Last year was my first year running in Iron Girl, and I did it with my oldest daughter. We had so much fun!

I haven't decided yet which distance I'm doing this year!! I loved being able to do the 5K with my little Pixie, but I have really enjoyed walking the longer distances, so I'm torn. If I had a buddy to walk the 1/2 marathon with I would do it in a heartbeat. But the idea of walking 13.1 miles ALONE sounds awful. If no one steps up to walk with me, then I probably will do the 5K with one of my daughter's. Probably Ella since Haley did it last year.

I really do think women's only events help to promote the bond of sisterhood and unity among women. Too often we hear of women tearing other women down. We should be empowering our fellow women, lifting them up and helping them to achieve their goals.

Iron Girl believes in that philosophy. Iron Girl’s mission is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle. The Iron Girl event experience provides women with a competitive platform and amenities such as: a post-race catered Breakfast Café, performance shirts sized just for women, professional timing, personalized race bibs, custom finisher medals, post-race giveaways and much more. The Web site is filled with training tips, guest columnists and nutrition information. Iron Girl has also furthered its offerings with the addition of IronGirlshop.com with items such as hydration and nutrition products, jewelry and sports bags. The Iron Girl brand has been featured in a range of media outlets to include USA Today, The New York Times, Runner’s World, Family Circle, Ok! Magazine and Women’s Health.

Video from Iron Girl to watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sumgD1j0Uyg

You can follow Iron Girl on Twitter at @TheIronGirl and join in on the Clearwater FB group HERE.

Want to sign up now? Use the code METAMORFITfor $10 OFF. Code is valid for the Clearwater, FL event only.

 

And if you'd like to enter my giveaway to win an entry to the Clearwater, FL event on Sunday April 13, 2014 leave me a comment indicating which distance you'd choose, and if you've ever run this race before. I'll pick a winner on January 29th. I want to make sure the winner has plenty of time to train for a 1/2 marathon if that's the distance they choose Smile

The Power of Support

In 2008 I felt alone. Weird considering I had 3 babies, was in graduate school full-time, had a husband who adored me, and a group of "mommy" friends that I saw on a fairly regular basis.

But I was alone. I was depressed.

In the mid 1990's I was active. I did Jazzercise. That was my first taste of group fitness. I loved it. I joined alone, convinced my younger sister to go a few times, then she stopped, but by that time I had made fitness friendships with a core group of older women. I was only 24-27 years old at this time, and unless my sister was with me, I was the youngest one there.

Age didn't matter.

We were all there to improve our health. And not just our physical health, but our mental health, too. Working out in a group makes me happy.

Working out in a group gives you the confidence and support you need to unleash yourself – to enjoy your experience so it becomes addictive! Group exercise, including CrossFit suits all fitness levels, no matter how fit you are. You’ll gain strength from exercising with others and you’ll motivate each other to work harder, and push yourself just a little more.

But in addition to group support through exercise, I have group support through my weekly Weight Watchers meetings. I haven't been going since Christmas, and I need to go. I thought I was going to go this week, but I decided I wasn't ready, and need one more week to wrap my brain around some things. I love my meetings. At meetings you’ll find first-timers sitting next to both new and long-time Weight Watchers members. Along with a weekly discussion topic and guidance from the Leader, you’ll also hear about the struggles and triumphs of these fellow members. You don’t have to participate in the discussion, but you’re bound to hear helpful strategies and motivating advice that helps you through the week. And you'll earn trinkets. Stickers, key chains, bookmarks, and more!  And I know Weight Watchers works if you work it. I'm just trying to wrap my head around #NSNG and counting points. I'll get it. Eventually.

And then I have the support of my online communities. Facebook, Twitter, and some of the private groups I belong to. FitFluential is a huge source of support for me. I've met so many amazing people through them. And Sweat Pink, too. I hope that one day I can meet them in person! Perhaps at an upcoming FitBloggin' conference Wink I've also recently connected with Mamavation and they are a fantastic group who offer so much support in a lot of important areas! And my Polar peers. Such an amazing and inspiring group of fitness and health advocates. Love them so much!  And then of course the amazing friends that I have met through my MetamorFit facebook page. We have built up such an amazing community of people, and I'm so proud of what I've been able to do to help others!

If you are struggling with your current routine give group support a try! You never know, it might the missing piece to your puzzle!

 

Do you do any group activities?