Discovering Human Synergy with Project Athena Part 1

I discovered Project Athena in the beginning of 2012. My Weight Watchers commercials were being shown on TV, I was being interviewed on the news, my life was just a little bit crazy and I was yearning for yet a new challenge. A Google search for "adventure racing" + "women" led me to Project Athena. As I read about their mission, and the story behind Project Athena, I knew that I had found my "go" and I decided to apply for an Athenaship. As I continued to look through the site I discovered the Keys Race to Recovery Multisport Adventure. I knew I had found what I was looking for. 13 years ago I was married in Key West. I was over 250 pounds. I did not participate in any sort of physical activity when we were there. Looking back at my wedding photos I look (and felt) like a slug. I knew that I had to return to Key West in the best physical shape of my life, encouraged and motivated by an amazing group of people. Little did I know how amazing these people would turn out to be.

I got a phone call in March 2012. I was leaving the gym and the number said "Project Athena." My heart began to beat fast and I answered. It was Robyn Benincasa calling me herself to say that I had been awarded the Athenaship. She continued to tell me how proud she was of me, and how inspiring I was. ME?? This world class athlete was proud and inspired by ME?? I was humbled. I also learned that I was their first obesity survivor. This was also humbling. I had nine months to train my body from being a group fitness junkie into a lean, multi-sport machine. I really began training hardcore in June 2012. And all my hard work paid off in spades. 

Lots of phone calls with my inspiration angel Louise, gave me the confidence that I was headed in the right direction with my training, and she helped to supply me with all the gear I would need on the adventure. She gave me tips, boosts, and I enjoyed every conversation I had with her. I looked forward to her calls, and sometimes we would just chat and chat and chat. I was saddened to learn that she wouldn't be in the Keys because she had a race in Nepal (yes, NEPAL) but I kept the sound of her voice in my head as I was paddling. Louise gave me lots of tips about kayaking and since I had very limited training IN THE WATER but tons of simulated paddling, I channeled her advice many times and before I knew it the time for the adventure had arrived.




yurbuds for women

For as long as I have been working out/running, I have worn over the head headphones, circa 1980 Tongue Out I've tried different brands of earbuds but nothing ever worked for me. They fell out, and/or they were very uncomfortable.  I really think I have tried every brand that my local supercenter has for sale. I have dozens of earbuds laying around the house (I sense another decluttering project coming up!!)

Recently I was contacted by yurbuds, maker of the sport earphones guaranteed never to hurt or fall out. They asked if I would review their new product Inspire for Women. This line is designed for the female athlete. Women generally have a smaller ear size than men (maybe that's why all those other types of earbuds never worked for me) and a variety of style tastes. The Inspire for Women line is designed specifically to fit smaller ears and features all of the classic yurbuds qualities including sweat and water resistant design, FlexSoft comfort fit, TwistLock Technology and ambient noise awareness. They also come in some really cool colors; aqua, pink, yellow, green, purple and orange. I was sent a pair of the ORANGE Inspire for Women yurbuds.

I decided to really put them to the test by taking them on my 100 mile (which turned out to be 128.6 miles) adventure race through the Florida Keys. And how fitting that my yurbuds were ORANGE because the organization that I went with the Project Athena Foundation has orange as their signature color. I was styling in my orange shirt, orange bracelet and orange yurbuds!!

I wore my yurbuds while running, cycling and even kayaking! They were super comfortable, and never fell out! I love them! They did take me a few attempts to get them locked in place but once I read the directions (doh!!) I realized that I wasn't doing it properly. Chalk one up to user error Foot in Mouth 

They come apart really easily for cleaning, which trust me, needed to be done after 128 miles. Overall this is a neat little product that I will be adding to my ever growing list of fitness "must-have" items!! If you have an athlete on your shopping list this Holiday season, a pair of yurbuds would make a great gift!


Yasso is Yummy

My first giveaway, I feel so official now Cool

One of my favorite products is Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt. It's been my "go-to" snack throughout my 212 pound weight loss journey and it continues to be my evening snack of choice.

From the Yasso Website:

Yasso® has recently introduced a new line of smoothies to sell alongside its line of novelty bars. Yasso® Smoothies are available in Strawberry Banana, Mango Pineapple, and Mixed Berry. When blended with one cup of skim milk, each 8 oz. serving is fat-free, low in sugar and boasts 8 grams of protein as well as 4 grams of fiber.

Yasso® novelty bars can be found in retail packs, which include 4 bars of one flavor; club packs including 5 bars of strawberry and blueberry; and single serve bags for all 3 flavors.

You can win a BPA free Yasso Water Bottle and 2 gift certificates good for a frozen Yasso product. I have two sets of these to give away.

What do you need to do to win?

1. Leave a comment on THIS post about which Yasso product you would choose and

2. Share my Facebook page on your wall and link me in the post

That's it!! Only one entry per person, please.

Closes on Wednesday November 21st :) Winners will be chosen by my 6yo son and 7yo daughter. All names will be written down by my 8yo daughter and placed in a hat, and I'll draw out 2 names. I'll contact the winners via Facebook.