Popchips Contest Winner & Norwex Party on Saturday!

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Oct 052012
 

The Popchips winner!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Second…

I’m having a Norwex party tomorrow folks 🙂  If you are in Minnesota and are free around 3pm….come! Bring a friend and get a free gift! I love meeting new locals. I made pumpkin bread, pumpkin whoopie pies, and I’ll have a key lime cheeseball, you know you want to come!!! Food and SCIENCE…Norwex is uber geeky cool cleaning stuff!

I went to a Norwex party, was awed by how well the products work! I am excited to not go through rolls and rolls of paper towels and napkins. To not have to keep stocking up on sponges, wipes and cleaners. You have to see how this stuff works!
If you can’t come or just want to preview…check out my friend Anna Berend’s Norwex page….call her or I with questions or orders towards my party if you wish! http://www.annaberend.norwex.biz/

Bring a friend for a free gift! Drop me a note here if you’re bringing someone 🙂

Norwex is committed to radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning to promote health. More than ever we feel the need to emphasize the positive environmental impact of reducing chemical use.
During the past several hundred years, human activity has significantly altered our global environment, and the negative effects of this are becoming alarmingly clear. No longer can we ignore the warning signs from nature. This trend can be changed if we all work together and take honest responsibility for our planet. It is a fact; household pollutants have a profound impact on our environment.
A radical reduction in the use of chemicals is an important step to improve the health of our planet and our quality of life.
The Norwex corporate vision for our products reaches far beyond the limited horizon of just making a profit; we are striving for a better quality of life for present and future generations. Our deep central theme is reverence for the value and beauty of all life on a healthy planet. Join us in our effort to improve quality of life in a profound way!
Sep 262012
 

Howdy folks!

Okay so yeah I’ve been home from Fitbloggin’ for a few days, but I had to decompress, get back into real life…and mull things over.

Now I can say, wow, Fitbloggin’, I haven’t ever experienced so many different feelings and learned so much all in one place, EVER.

Connecting with online friends to become in person friends . Meeting brand new people and creating new and wonderful friendships.  I met fabulous men and women from all across the globe (here’s looking at you @pinkypie).  I found new blogs to follow, holy cow I think I have at least 20 new blogs in my reader, I’m so excited to keep up with everyone!

I learned new tools, like using YouTube for vlogging-watch out folks, I will post some videos now! (thank you Sarah Dussault).  A new friend, @skinnyemmie, presented on the ins and outs of driving traffic to blogs with social media.

Tara (@tidbits_of_tara) and Meegan (@redstar5) helped us all share stories and support each other’s journeys…whether that was weight loss, maintenance, feeling like we belong, anxiety, depression, motivation or just showing love for one another by leading a discussion on “When You Have A Lot To Lose

I collected lots of swag..whoa, so much.  I left for Baltimore with a full size suitcase only half packed (I had been warned), I came home with a 51 lb, packed full suitcase, plus a stuffed full carryon AND a yoga mat from NatureMade slung over my shoulder!!!

Reebok, McCormick Spices for Health, Weight Watcher’s Cheese, Unilever Spreads Good to Know, Jump Sport Fitness, Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, Florida Grapefruit, Refuel Got Chocolate Milk, Beef Checkoff, Nature Made, American Cancer Society, DetermiNation, Eggland’s Best, Popchips, SoyJoy, puravit.body, fitmixer, BistroMD, ZonePerfect, attune foods, and biPro

 

Of all the swag though…my favorite:  Reebok Realflex shoes

Reebok Realflex crossfit shoes

 

During the conference I did a crossfit workout and a trampoline workout in these shoes. When I came home I walked around downtown Minneapolis all day, too. These babies feel awesome….I’m pretty sure I’ll buy the running version of them for regular running use.  This model was described to me as a cross-training shoe and a saw lots of Fitbloggers running the Fitbloggin 5K in them on Sunday morning, but I probably wouldn’t run further than that (in my opinion only) in this particular shoe vs. a running model.  My foot, personally, needs more support for running more than 3 miles.  Walking and cross training though, these are the BOMB.

On a more personal note, this weekend I was kinda had this weird feeling, like maybe my story and my journey weren’t good enough, or tough enough to fit in with the other folks there.  So many tough stories of losing over 200 lbs, car accidents, spinal injuries, family deaths, eating disorders….and these amazing people overcoming them, coming through them, achieving their goals.  I kinda felt like a fraud….like..well..umm..nothing really bad happened to me….I was just overweight cause I ate too much and was lazy….yeah…that’s me.  Nothing traumatic to blame or overcome or learn from…just, yup…lazy and ate too much.  I was kinda feeling bad about that, like who am I to be here, all proud of myself, when I really haven’t done anything except count calories, exercise and lose weight.

I expressed how I was feeling like a faker to Robby(@FatGirlVsWorld). I told her how I felt like I don’t have a reason for being overweight, I don’t have a story…and she explained to me….that I do, “I just need to become more self-aware”. She went on to say, “As you become more confident & self-aware, you will learn your story, the reasons why, and you will become confident & strong.” She was also helping me feel better about how I know, this time, as I become more self-aware, that I will keep the weight off…because I will know myself better than before.

I want to make sure and thank Robby for being so strong, rational, reasonable and motivational to not only me, but to the many men and women she sat down and had a heart-to-heart with over the weekend, and the people she hugged, patted on the back, rang a bell for, shared a #GoTheDist wristband with, and overall encouraged to be awesome….because she loves us…..WE LOVE YOU, TOO LADY!

Alright, that’s it for now, phew…

<3 Merbear

Sep 192012
 

 

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I am soo pumped!  I get to finally meet so many bloggers I enjoy reading in person. I get to learn new workouts, get blogging tips, taste new foods, try new products! Holy cow this is going to be so awesome! I’ve also never been to Baltimore, let alone Maryland…so a new state to add to my dossier! The Inner Harbor is going to be very cool.

I will be tweeting, posting on instagram and on Facebook while I’m gone, I’m not sure if I’ll have time to blog while I’m there, but I’ll definitely write it up after!

Check out the sponsors on this page:

Reebok, McCormick, Weight Watcher’s Cheese, I Can’t Believe its Not Butter/Country Crock, JumpSport Fitness Trampoline, Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Produces, Florida Grapefruit, Refuel Got Chocolate Milk?, The Beef Checkoff, Nature Made, The American Cancer Society, DetermiNation, Eggland’s Best, SoyJoy, puravit.body, fitmixer, BistroMD, ZonePerfect, AttuneFoods, biPro and Anchor Bay!

The event starts on Thursday night with badge decorating, a mixer and a comedian!

Friday will be a whole day of workouts  including yoga and a WOD from Crossfit (freaked out to try, but I am!). I’m also going to hit up a session on YouTube and adding video to blogs, so watch out for some vlogs from me soon!

Friday night, one of my favorite organizations, Ignite!, has put together an Ignite! Fitness presentation made up of attendees who submitted their sessions…I love Ignite presentations, this is gonna rock!

Saturday morning will start of with BOUNCE camp! A trampoline workout, how fun is that??? Also going to learn some ZUMBA for the first time ever, I think I’m going to love it.

I’m especially looking forward to hearing from Tara Martin and Meegan Dowe: When you have a lot to lose. I love their blogs, I love talking to them on Twitter, I cannot wait to experience their loveliness. If you want to follow their blogs, too..here they are:

Tara: A Life Changing Journey 

Meegan: Redstar5 – A Work in Progress

Finally, I will be getting up early, on the last day, Sunday morning for a Fitblggin’12 5K!  Running with people who have been inspiring me to run, be fit, eat well,  and love myself?? Umm..YES!!

So, that’s that for now!!  I hope those of you attending Fitbloggin’12 will PLEASE come find me so we can connect and share the love! 🙂

Tweet at me! MerbearMN

<3 Merbear

Aug 272012
 

Wow, such an amazing experience. I’m proud of all my races…but seriously, A Duathlon…I truly feel like an athlete for the first time. I’m now super motivated to keep improving not only my running but my “athlete” status. I love Duathlons!

My friends from the Minneapolis Duathlon

So, here’s my results from Team Ortho:

Run1 Time: 37:55 Pace: 12:13 min/mi

TRN1 Time: 4:35

Bike Time: 1:10:39 Pace: 12.7 MPH

TRN2 Time: 4:03

Run Time:41:05 Pace: 13:18 min/mi

With a total time of: 2 hours 38 minutes.

VS. what my Garmin told me:

Summary Time: 2:38:28.5 Dist: 22.68 Avg Pace: 6:59

Run 1 Time: 37:08.3 Dist: 3.17 Avg Pace: 11:42

Trn1 Time: 5:39.3

Bike Time: 1:10:12.5 Dist: 15.96 Avg Pace: 4:24

Trn 2 Time: 4:12.7

Run 2 Time: 41:15.7 Dist: 3.14 Avg Pace: 13:09

Running in the Minneapolis Duathlon

Biking in the Minneapolis Duathlon

I’m a little disturbed that I had myself running a lot faster on my Garmin, almost a PR, than the Team Ortho folks timed me chip time. One thing I noticed though, my chip time/gun time was the same when I switched back and forth between Team Ortho results, hmm. But I’m gonna go with my Garmin, fo sho! If I was trying to win a Team Ortho race I’d worry, but I’m not, I’m just there to do my best!

Not so bad for my first Duathlon ever! I rarely run 10K, and the fact that I *did it* with a 15 mile rolling hills bike ride in the middle, just feels so AMAZING! I want to kick this race’s butt next year!!

Coming up I have the Women Rock 10K on Saturday, very excited to see how I do on a 10K that doesn’t have a bike ride in the middle, haha! I’m going to do a few runs to see if I can’t improve my pace a bit this week.

I’m also thinking I’m going to see if I can earn enough volunteer credit with Team Ortho to upgrade my Monster Dash 5K to the 10 miler…I really think between now and the end of October I can do it!

Who else raced this weekend? How’d it go? What do you think of 10 mile races?

Aug 232012
 

Oh boy people…I’m running & biking the Minneapolis Duathlon on SUNDAY!!

Duathlon Wave: 24 Tran: 3

What this means is I start at 7:24 AM people!!!

My predicted times:

35 minute 3 mile run

60 minute 15 mile bike

40-45 minute (I hope) 3 mile final run

Total predicted time: 2 hours and 15 minutes plus transition times. So maybe 2 hours and 25 minutes taking into account that the last 3 miles is going to be *hard* and I don’t know how to officially transition, just one practice day on that, besides at home.

Oooh my friend @kellybeeeee Dream.Strive.Succeed that is also running is in an earlier wave but the same Transition area as me! #3! Yay!

I am SOOOOO nervous! I understand transitions because I did one Duathlon training day sponsored by Team Ortho…and I’ve done run/bike/run on my own a couple times…but I’ve never done it in an official type of setting…I’ve never run or biked on this trail, I’ve been told its a great time though and not too challenging…other than the race itself, hah!

My friend @amyalbrecht Destroying Dead Ends just mentioned to me and this has been mentioned before, I believe by @rubyleigh Foodalyst ….that Body Glide is my savior for these transition events….@amyalbrecht has done Iron Girl and @rubyleigh just completed the YWCA Triathlon!!! Their accomplishments totally motivate me to try this multi-sport event myself! I’m too chicken do to swimming just yet, but maybe one day!

I’m looking for any other tips you Triathletes, Biathletes, and Duathletes have for me! Yes, I am doing this in basically 4 days, but I could still make a quick trip to the running store or the bike store…or run a few laps or try some biking tricks…so fill me in!

Also question…the total running for the event is 6 miles. Its been a couple of months since I’ve ran 6 miles in a row (at the Minneapolis Marathon I did a 6.2 mile portion for the relay). Before I did that I had *never* run 6 miles…the longest I had run was 5. Over the last few months I’ve been doing lots of 3.1 (5K) runs. Is it too late for me to do a long run on Thursday or Friday with 6 miles on the docket for the Duathlon on Sunday? Should I do maybe 5 miles or 4? I know I can do 5Ks…should I just do a get-ready-for-the-Du 5K run and go with that?

Thanks for any comments/help you guys might have!!!

<3 Merbear

Jun 202012
 

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You know how I know?

Yesterday was an extremely stressful day…among other things I’m dealing with a short sale of a house, planning my financial future, duathlon training, wedding planning and career building through an internship. Oh, I’m also having to run errands related to switching banks…kinda stressful til everything is switched.

Anyway after phone calls with Freddie Mac, emails and appointment setting with lawyers, emails negotiating with wedding vendors, and running across downtown during my lunch break…..I was ready to pull my hair out.

First thought in my head was to get “just a small” Dairy Queen treat….fortunately my warning buzzers went off…hmm this not a good choice. So, instead I got an iced tea and scrambled back to my desk at work.

Then, I knew exactly what I needed…to get outside, enjoy sunshine, spend time with a friend, and RUN. I immediately sent out an APB to my running buddies via email and Twitter. @kellybeeeee my friend who just ran the Grandma’s Marathon offered to run with me while she did her first shakeout run after the race! Woohoo! Lucky meeee!

Kelly warned me she didn’t know how her body would respond and I told her I’d do whatever, even if it ended up being walking. Well, the run around Lake Calhoun was awesome for both of us. She kept her tired legs going around the lake in intervals and I got to hear about the marathon, vent a little, gush about wedding planning, and work out the anxiety built up in me with some smiles, friendship and endorphins!

Yay for new lifestyle choices, yay for running, yay for friends!

<3 Merbear