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Energy, Healthy Snack and a Foam Attack – Friday Favs

Another edition of Friday Favourites!!

There are a lot of things that I love but this week these things really stand out.

Starting out with food of course!

These are my favourite crackers. I was thrilled to see them back on the shelves at Costco. That is one thing that irks me, when I fall in love with a product/item and it’s not available all the time. Stop tormenting us buyers at the big box food store!

These brown rice crackers are gluten free and they’re baked –win/win!!! They’re also trans fat free, Kosher, non GMO and no cholesterol—what the what?! #winning

I eat them with hummus, salsa, egg salad, guacamole. I actually had them today with some natural PB and it hit the spot. I have tried a few of their products and they are all fantastic!!

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www.foodshouldtastegood.com

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Next up, still at Costco. I picked up a new flavour of Zip Fizz…Ice Tea!! WHAT???

It is really good! I am a total fan girl of Zip Fizz and this flavour is great!!

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This does perk up my energy – 20 calories and ZERO sugar, oh yeah!!!zippfizz2

Those afternoons when your energy starts to dip and you need a pop of energy, this is my go to.

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Last up on this Friday Favourites is the good ‘ol foam roller.

I did a great leg workout earlier this week and boy oh boy my hamstrings were t-i-g-h-t the next day…walking funny kind of tight #notcute

This unsuspecting piece of foam is so effective, it really does work and everyone should have and USE it.

If you can’t get in for regular massages or don’t stretch like you should then this torture device…I mean… this magical tube of foam is what you need #trustme

I’ve used this on my legs, back, and even my neck…neck knots buh bye!!!

Just put it on your shopping list and pick one up this weekend!!

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Roll away those tight muscles!!

PS – This is not a sponsored blog post. These are just a few of my favorite things that I like to share with my friends, like you. BUT…if you are a brand that would like to work with me, then let me know through my contact page.

Princess Half Marathon Weekend Preview

Registration for runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon weekened opens today for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. Registration for everyone else opens at noon on July 15.

If you read my blog or follow me on social media you know my love for runDisney runs deep (ha, see what I did there) 

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runDisney events are all inclusive. You can run, walk, run with your kids. There’s no pressure, no judging, just a whole lot of FUN! I love knowing that I will be seeing friends that I don’t often get to see when we all get together at runDinsey events. That makes the magic, well, more magical.

I love having a deadline and goal to train for. If you are going to set a goal and put the training in, being able to see your favourite characters along the way just makes it more special! 

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Why am I writing this post? I want YOU, yes YOU to run with me.

I know you might be thinking “running is not my idea of fun” This is what I can promise you, you will have fun and the experience of a lifetime…that’s a promise. I know, the thought of a half marathon or a 10k is scary, but you need to look at it as a challenge. You don’t have to run all the way. You will stop to see your favourite characters and I will be there with you, to make sure you cross that finish line and get your bling! 

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Worried about training or getting into running shape? You have a ton of time to train and if you need some help or support, let me know. I will make sure you’re on the “right path” (get it…running inuendo…jokes for days I have!) I will make sure you are eating the right food, I will keep you motivated and accountable.

Why would you not want to run? You will meet incredible people, create magical memories, like stopping and getting the Starbucks Barista’s to take a pic with you mid run!

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If you have questions…ask away carrieburrows1@gmail.com – Im here to help, that’s what I love to do; it’s my passion. I would love to join you and together we can run like princesses. The more the merrier! Here are a few pics from the last Princess Half Marathon Weekend. 

Fit For A Princess Expo – another big part of the weekend #shoes 

 

 

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Royal Family 5k – wth @grandmaryb @bamagirlruns – ummm Grand Mary is 60 years old and she runs…NO EXCUSES people! 

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Running through Epcot of course, I’m stopping in Canada! 

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Who doesn’t love this guy?!  I’m goofy for Goofy

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There is just somethin’ about Mary, that makes seeing her on your run just extra special #SeenOnMyRun

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Oh yes…getting my praise on during the run (It was Sunday morning) !! Gospel Choir- check! Just when you think you are tired, you hear these voices and it fires you up to keep going!!

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Post run with a few of my favourite princesses – I love these girls!! @susanpazera @bamagirlruns - look at us all matchy match! Go visit their blogs www.bamagirlruns.com & www.momonthemap.com

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One of my favourite Disney Dads – fellow Disney Parks Mom’s Panelist @Marclorenzo #DisneyMP

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A little photobomb action by me with Disney Social Media royalty @leannej

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Pre race pic with more Disney Sports royalty – @Dfry - he gave us our 5am pep talk

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So nice to chat with @samhowzit pre race – such a swell guy! 

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Sweat, laughs, magical moments and at the end it was worth it for the bling! 

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Run with me. I promise you will have the time of your life!! 

 

Friday Favs – The Snack Edition

Happy Fri-YAY!!

I get asked alot about my favourite things. Favourite shoes, favourite places to eat, favourite workout clothes, etc. So I thought I would start today off with a “Friday Favs – The Snack Edition.”

First up…energy!

Energy, in the form of a drink? I don’t always support the notion of a drink being a source of energy, but here is an exception. I have never been a fan of Red Bull or other energy drinks. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good caffeine fix and I am just like you, I can hit a wall at 3pm and need a good kick-start or jolt to keep me moving along.

ZipFizz is a super low-calorie energy drink that comes in a few flavours, orange cream is my fav. I would prefer it be to non carbonated but whatevs..it does the trick! I picked this up at Costco. (sorry about the blurry pic, ugh) zipfizz.com

I’ve had four of their flavours and all of them have a good taste and great energy supply when you need it.

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Next up are Party Tizers – Dippin Chips

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Party-Tizers – Dippin Chips.

Gluten free, non GMO, no added flavours, preservatives or junk. These bad boys are awesome!! I love them with hummus, guac, salsa, goat cheese or just plain. These are great for a healthy homemade nacho night or a quick snack. Again, another purchase from Costco. I have 3 kids I need to buy everything in bulk people! My husband loves them with a little Brie and Red Pepper Jelly, baked in the oven for a few minutes.  Their shape makes each one a little bowl!

Did you see the package? Kale, carrot and spinach! My kids love eating these. Kale, carrot, spinach sneaking into their diet. Folks, that is a definite #ParentWIN!

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For an on the go snack I like to have a Kind bar every once in a while. My hands down fav flavour is the coconut almond. As you can see, I couldn’t wait to eat this and all that was left was the wrapper. This purchase was from WalMart. I was starving and this saved me from making a bad decision like hitting a drive through or making a poor food choice  because I was hungry.  Having a snack with you like a Kind Bar can really help you through those ‘challenging’ times. These bars come in a variety of flavours.

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All natural, gluten-free, low glycemic. Real ingredients that you can pronouce.

That is all for my “Friday Fav’s – The Snack Edition.

Transparency Disclaimer: I purchased all of these products. I was not asked to write this. I’m sharing my favourites because they actually are a few of my favourite things and I love to share healthy food and snack choices.  BUT…If any companies want to sponsor me…you can always connect with me :) .

 

 

 

Travel Tuesday #TT — Trainer Tips on How To Stay Fit While Travelling

 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel #NoSurpriseThere.

I can have suitcases packed, children ready to fly and a reservation at the kennel for the dog in 4.5 minutes. #notkidding

 

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I guarantee that some of the items I’ll have packed are extra clothes for working out and shoes for running. I love to eat on vacation and may even sample a ‘special drink’, but I will never change my health and fitness workout routines. I never have to buckle down before a vacation either to drop those ‘extra few bathingsuit’ pounds because I make sure my lifestyle supports my goals before vacation.

 

But that can’t be said about so many people who work out hard to drop a couple of pounds before they travel, only to put it all back on and them some during their vacation. #stopdoingthat

 

The number one reason, sorry…excuse, people use to avoid being fit is that they don’t have time to exercise. Vacation is the elimination of that excuse because you have all the time in the world –taaadaaaaa!

 

So, for the happy vacationers and the weary business travelers, here are some tips to help you stay fit on vacation or when you are heading to your next conference.

 

ProTip #1

While waiting for my flight I always walk the through the terminal-always! No need to sit at your gate only to get on the plane and sit some more. I find out what time the flight is supposed to start boarding and I walk until I need to return. This isn’t a full out power walk that will raise eyebrows or the suspicions of over zealous TSA agents, but a walk to keep my muscles moving and my blood flowing.

 

ProTip#2

Traveling by car. Every rest stop I get out and move around. If it’s only stopping for gas, I will walk a few laps of the gas station parking lot and likely throw in some walking lunges – oh and yes, people will stare #whatevs . Get the blood flowing, and stretch out my legs. When we’re stopping to eat. I will always walk after my meal. Nothing worse than having a meal then sitting for another 5 hours in a car. You can always add 15 minutes on your rest stop breaks to walk. Calf raises on parking curbs are another great move along with wall push-ups.

 

ProTip #3

Always pack healthy snacks. I’ll be the first to admit that if I see a donut and there is a empty spot in my stomach, I will be saying, “Get in my belly.” I will want it. I always pack apples, nuts, protein powder and bars, cut up veggies. Don’t give into snack temptation. A 600 calorie muffin is not worth it.

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Sharing Moment: Once I had gotten to the airport, gone thru security to realize I left my snack bag in the car. It was close to boarding time but I jetted back to the car and went thru the whole shoe removal security line again. All for the sake of having my healthy snacks!

 

ProTip #4

Know before you go. Find out what your hotel or resort offers in terms of fitness equipment, so you can have an idea of what you will do.

Not keen on equipment? Go for a run, do a body weight workout in your room, pack an exercise band/ jump rope or run the hotel stairs.

Sharing moment: I stayed at a hotel once and they were renovating the gym. I would run a set of stairs, do walking lunges across the hallway on each floor, run the next set of stairs, walking lunges. I have been known to do circuit workouts in hotel parking lots. Push ups, squats, sprints, burpees, lunges. You do what you can with what you have!

 

ProTip #5

Recon the restaurants. Get an idea of what food is available and look for the healthy options that are available.

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I like to have an idea of what I will order so I don’t get tempted by something creamy or deep-fried. Just about every restaurant is willing to accommodate food preferences. Ask for turkey bacon, see if they will swap out the creamy side dish for veggies or a side salad. Don’t be afraid to ask. Most restaurants are happy to cater to guests with special dietary needs which includes healthy eaters.

 

ProTip #6

Talk to your hotel resort about fitness options where you are staying. Are there running trails or paths near your hotel/resort? Is there a great gym close by that the locals rave about? Are there activities that the hotel offers like aquafit, fitness classes, yoga, hikes? I just found out aout this “Hotel Hike” workout at the Aria hotel/resort in Las Vegas – it is a series of exercises intended to work the same muscles you would target during an actual hike. Be prepared to walk a whole lot of stairs (this is my kind of workout!!) Your instructor leads you through the mammoth hotel and the outdoor spaces at CityCener which passes a few Starbucks (woot woot!)

 

Getting sidelined from your workouts while you travel sets you back. It lines you up for more work when you get home. Do something everyday, try new things as well.

 

Fail to plan…plan to fail.

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Your health and fitness success is only determined by you!

 

You are where you are by the choices you make.

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Here is a workout to try next time you are traveling. Let me know what you think!

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QUESTION – 2 parter:

-what do you do to stay fit while you are traveling? (share your tips in the comments)

-know of a fun/different hotel/resort workout? share it!!!