An eco-conscious, lifestyle blog by Tampa, FL mom Jenny Hodges,who lost 212lbs and is keeping it off thru healthy family living, creative cooking, and CrossFit

7. March 2013 22:35
by jennifer

Spring Into Fitness Group Giveaway

7. March 2013 22:35 by jennifer | 12 Comments

 I teamed up with 10 other health and fitness bloggers, and we decided to work together to put on a health and fitness themed group giveaway for you all! It's March, and I think everyone is itching for Spring. Well, we can't do much to hurry along Mother Nature, but why not enjoy this time between winter and spring with some health and fitness goodies? With lots of great prizes and friendly blogs to check out, this is a post you'll want to bookmark Wink

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Metamorfit (hey that's me!!) is giving away a pair of Feetures Elite socks.You all know how much I LOVE my FEETURES socks, "when I put these socks on they gripped my foot, like a mother holding her child's hand through a busy parking lot. They grabbed on and didn't let go. It was awesome. Normally in Spinning I am always messing around with my toes in my shoes because the top of the socks bunch up, and by the end of class my socks are just drenched with sweat. I thought that was how it was supposed to be. But guess what...IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE!!"    

Kelly from Leafy Not Beefy is giving away 3 Tractivity bundles. Kelly likes Tractivity because, "A small, noninterfering way to keep track of calories, steps, mileage, and more, and anyone can use it"

Cheri from Fitness Shake-Up is giving away Shakeology samples, a booklet, and a blender cup. She says "*I'm a Diamond Beachbody Coach and I cannot say enough positive things about Shakeology. It's a delicious shake full of super-foods, vitamins and nutrients that you replace either breakfast or lunch with daily. It curbs your appetite, increases your energy and helps you live a healthy life."  

Laura from FitRunningMama is adding a RunningDiva's grey size M long sleeved "Marathon Mom" shirt. She says, "Running Diva's is a great company that makes clothing for women who enjoy living and flaunting their active lifestyles. Their tops are all soft and extremely comfortable. (American Apparel). 

Debbie from HealthyRunningMom is showering some sparkle on someone with a glittery gold headband. "An adorable gold sparkly headband 3/8" thick with adjustable band. The headband has velour inside so it won't slip while wearing. It's gold & glittery to make you feel great while wearing!"    

Allison from Aphalicious Bliss is giving away some EnergyBits. She says, "They are a very healthy snack to add to your meals for added protein and after a workout. They are only 1 cal per bit."   

Maralana is giving away a 2-wk supply of Body By VI shakes. "BBV is a nutritional shake that can be used to lose weight, gain weight, nutrional support and so much more. It helped me lose 65lbs this past year. We are helping to battle obesity with the 'Shake that Taste like Cake"   

Joanna fom Sports Bras and Sippy Cups is contributing a $100 Gift Card. " is by far my favorite place to shop for supplements and even my specialty food items! They have all the top brands for discount vitamins, supplements, whole foods, health foods and sports nutrition online. With, you get such a wide variety of products to choose from at super-low prices.There is no need to shop around, with Vitacost you have everything at your fingertips literally! They offer over 2,000 of the top, most-trusted natural brands, diet foods and healthy living essentials-the very best nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off. And they deliver them right to your door for FREE if your order totals $49 or more. Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box. More than just vitamins has the best selection of health foods and snacks, bath and body products, natural household supplies, baby care essentials--plus, of course, discount vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition supplements and other formulas for your nutritional needs. You'll find nearly 40,000 products that help you care for yourself, your family, your pets and your home. Get up to 50% off health and beauty products, vitamins, nutritional supplements,health foods and whole food products. Be sure to check out their exclusive Vitacost brand discount vitamins, CSI skin care line and Best of All healthy snacks--featuring the same or better quality as leading brands, without the high price tags. Vitacost takes the cost out of healthy living.

Cerissa from CerissaBFit is gifting someone with the Beachbody workout program Hip Hop Abs. She describes, "Hip Hop Abs is a 30-day, dance-based in-home fitness program designed to help you burn fat and sculpt flat sexy abs with workouts built on dancing and having fun. Defining head-turning abs without a single crunch or sit-up."

Jen from Marathon Mom is donating a 5k/10k 8-week training program to a lucky winner! (can upgrade to any program for 1/2 price). She says, "Working with a running coach is a great way to have extra motivation and push yourself to do more then you thought possible. I have coached 100s of runners at all levels since 2008 and am RRCA certified and NASM CPT. I want to share my love of running with others and being a coach allows me to do that."  

And Melissa from Melissa Running It is giving away a $25 GoSportID gift card plus 1 Motivation Pack bands. "I love my Go Sport ID. It is a customizable bracelet that provides first responders with critical information while serving as a visual motivator to help you dig deep when you want to quit. Why is my Go Sport ID my non-negotiable item every time I head out? A few years ago, I had a friend who went out for a swim and died when she suffered a massive heart attack. It took officials a day and a half to identify her. It seems like we hear more and more about runners being hit while out on the road. I do what I can to stay safe. I usually bring my phone with me, let the hubs know where I'll be running and who I'll be with. My Go Sport ID may not keep me out of harms way, but if something were to happen, medics would know my blood type, my history of asthma, and how to reach my family. On the fun side, since you can customize your bracelet, it's great to have a phrase to focus on when you want to quit. Also, with interchangeable bands, you can match your bracelet to your outfit and they just came out with sparkly bands & a their limited edition motivation pack that you can win! A girls gotta have her priorities in order when she sweats pink, right? Run hard, but be safe."

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21. February 2013 18:15
by jennifer

Premier Protein Prize Pack!!

21. February 2013 18:15 by jennifer | 25 Comments

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12. February 2013 23:39
by jennifer

Running Happy with the Happy Band

12. February 2013 23:39 by jennifer | 16 Comments

I have crazy hair. It's in a weird in-between stage, side wisps that drive me bonkers when I work out and I have headband ADD. I just can't commit to one brand, and then when I find one I like I never remember to put it on when I'm getting ready for the gym. I need to get multiple bands of my faves and always keep at least one, possibly two in my truck with my extra Polar HRM and my cycle shoes. Recently I was asked to test out a new headband from Running Happy. They asked me what my favorite color was and if I had fine hair. I like pink and yes, I have fine hair. They sent me a nice grosgrain headband in pink with a special added bonus: a non-slip clip for fine hair. Sweet I wore it to the gym for a 2 hour workout. An hour of cycle and an hour of yoga. I did not touch the band once during that entire time period. No adjustments necessary and I didn't even feel it, and more importantly, I didn't feel my hair in my eyes! I did have a few wisps come out, but nothing like I am used to. And after a ton of downward dogs, the Happy Band really held up!  And the no-slip clip did its job!! Would you like to win one of your own?? It's easy!! You know I like to make it easy! This is what you have to do: Like Running Happy on Facebook and tell them Jenny Hodges is MetamorFit sent you! Tell me what type of fitness activity you'd do while wearing your Happy Band And that's it!! I'll pick a winner from all the comments made on February 17th  

5. February 2013 22:16
by jennifer


5. February 2013 22:16 by jennifer | 5 Comments

Throughout the past 4 years I have learned a lot about taking time for ME, but it wasn't until TODAY that I let myself be totally spoiled!! The Tampa Bay Bloggers were invited to a day of pampering at Healthy Being, Oasis of Wellness, a spa in St. Pete. (Denise of RUNDMT, Crystal of Thrifty and Frugal Living, Raffi of Running Betty, Chrissy of Loving Life, Me, and Teresa of Making it All Work) When we arrived we were welcomed with fresh strawberries and an iced green tea and each of us had an itinerary: Oh yes, I was certainly going to enjoy this! I started with a facial. I'm 41 years old and I have NEVER had a facial! It felt AMAZING!! Cindy did a great job and told me what nice skin I had. After my facial I had ear SEEDS! Say what? EAR SEEDS?!?! Ear Seeds are a form of ear acupuncture. They are used for a variety of conditions though in my case we focused on shoulder pain and anxiety.  Here I am having one of the seeds placed. It hurt. It was supposed to hurt. Okay, not hurt hurt. But uncomfortable. Amazing how acupuncture works. When he touched a certain spot and it hurt, it let him know he was in the right place. Now with the ear seeds, when I feel anxious, I am supposed to press on the seed to relieve the anxiety. My kids kept asking me to press it tonight. Then I had a shoulder and neck massage. No pictures of that to share, I was too relaxed. But here is a pic of Becky the wonderful woman with the magic fingers! Lastly, I had an amazing hot stone leg and foot massage. This was my favorite of all the treatments. It was so cool how Becky would touch a spot on my foot and I would feel it in my hip or shoulder. Amazing stuff. They offer a wide variety of services, and I'm really excited to talk to my mom about the Lymphatic Drainage treatment that they offer. I spoke with a woman who visits the spa twice per week and her lymphedema is virtually GONE!! My mom is a breast cancer survivor but has severe lymphedema as a result of her cancer. Healthy Being gave each of us a $25 gift certificate to give to one of our lucky readers!! What do you have to do to win?? It's easy! I like to make things easy on you guys! Like Healthy Being on Facebook and tell them that I sent you Tell me in your comment which treatment you'd use the gift certificate for That's it!! I'll have Ronin pick a winner from all the comments on Sunday February 10th.) Happy Pampering!!