Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Favorite deal sites for Fitness/Health gear

Some that always have good deals on health gear:

Groupon is one of the most popular and always has random deals on new activities, sports equipment, health supplements, and usually clothes. I've purchased items and deals and haven't had an issue.

Woot is probably my favorite! Based in North Texas, with quirky descriptions and awesome deals, I've used it a few times happily. My best purchase? Probably the CamelBak Groove, which is a water bottle with a built in carbon filter. 2 of them for $14, and Woot's always $5 shipping! Over a year later, and these bottles are still in heavy use.

The Clymb is solely focused on health and wellness items, and ranges from Hiking, to Cycling, Running and Surfing. I've purchased a stainless steel water bottle, clothes, and snacks on here and been very happy! The one item I had an issue with, they immediately refunded the money for, no questions asked!

Planet Gear is the same as LeftLane sports, but everything is geared towards women. I purchased some cycling shorts for about 1/3 of the price as they were in store.

Nontraditional sites that don't always have health deals, but occasionally do have some good ones.

Zulily had a great sale on Puma activewear a few days ago, and has TOMS deals quite often as well. Even when they don't carry fitness inspired stuff, they have clothing for those days when society forces us to dress like adults as well!

SweetJack has some random deals, but occasionally I have found some great things on here.

Tanga is another one of my favorites! They have the BEST customer service ever and really great products. Sometimes it takes a bit to get them, but they always come within a few weeks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shirt deal!

Fit Like Flint cycles some awesome shirts on her site, and tonight at 8 Central, she is launching another one that has a pretty important, albeit humorous message.

The scale is stupid! It can be an indicator of health, yes, but it is definitely not the end all, be all, of your health and we give it way too much importance. 

If you use my code, FLFCHRISTIE10, you get an extra 10% off.

She has done some awesome shirts before, like the ones below that I already own and love!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

At Home Workout

I don't belong to a gym. I have in the past, just have trouble making it seem worthwhile some days. I might join eventually, but my apartment complex actually has a decent workout room with 3 treadmills, two ellipticals, a stationary bike, and a spin bike plus a full set of free weights,  cable machine, squat rack (well Smith Machine but if you're solo squatting it might be okay), and a couple of leg machines. The same things I would use in a commercial gym, so I don't see the point at the moment.

In addition, at home I have an exercise ball, a workout mat, two yoga mats, 4 adjustable weight dumbbells, and a barbell. I have no excuse, but I keep finding myself making them! So today, I did a workout at home and I'm going to share it. This was just an upper body workout and it felt great!

Shoulder Press 3x10
Bicep 7's/Hammer Curl/Bicep Curl (I switched through the 3 rounds)
Tricep Extension
Rear Delt Raise 3x10
Upright Row 3x10
Arnold Press 3x10
Tricep kickback 3x10
Deadlift 3x10

I used the dumbbells for these and only had 15 pounds on them, as well as a set with 10 pounds for towards the end when I started losing form.

This is a picture I took a while back, but same weight is on them right now.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Etsy health motivation

If you've ever looked at this blog you will know that I LOVE quotes. So, I went through Etsy finding good quotes that fit in with a healthy lifestyle.

I do not run. Don't get me wrong, I think runners are amazing, and I've tried to run, just doesn't always work for me. Get me on a trail though, and I'm perfectly happy, and willing, to run! However this quote is great:

Marathon sign

I'm tempted to buy these, or buy something similar from this shop. 

Awesome statement postcard. Sells for $8 for a pack of 12. Would be great to send to friends going through a plateau, or for any reason. 

Slow runners unite! $20 on etsy and if you feel slow, might get you a few giggles during the race.

Make It Happen vinyl cling is a good one. I don't know that I would put it over my bed.

Run Lift Stretch is great! It screams "hey, be well balanced with working out!" Good reminder to myself...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Motivation for Tuesday

I've been super lazy lately. I've been eating iffy lately but Three day weekend has made me EXTRA realize the laziness and so today and I ate much better. Plotting on workouts now and deciding how I want to approach it, what I want to do.

This, this is me on a daily basis. I am a mega beast when I am hungry! My boyfriend doesn't even like to be around me when I'm hungry and I can't blame him. 

And there are days when I sit there and debate for an hour on what kind of workout I should do that day. Yep, it's sad. 

Sometimes we need a bit of motivation. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Vega Sport Protein Review

So through Fit Approach, I got to test out the Vega Sport Performance Protein powder in Vanilla. Stand alone protein powder, I am not a big fan of vanilla, but for mixing with fruits (and occasionally veggies), vanilla is my favorite.

I was actually a little hesitant to try this. I'm not a huge fan of plant based protein but I was also looking for a cleaner supplement to try and have had heard NOTHING but excellent things about Vega, and the Vega Sport Performance line sounded amazing.

Step 1: My ingredients! Strawberries, frozen mango, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, ground flax seed, and Vega Sport Vanilla protein powder

This is what the protein powder looks like out of the bag. It was a slightly brown color, but consistency was normal compared to most protein powder. 

After blending it all up!

The texture of the smoothie was a bit different from what I'm used to. It was thicker, but wasn't drastically different. The taste was different for me; it definitely wasn't as sweet as I'm used to protein powder being, but considering the usual one I've been using might as well be cake batter... It mixed well, it has a ton of protein for such a small amount of product! I also am a huge fan of no artificial sweeteners that so many others have. 

This one is definitely good for you! The nutrition facts are fantastic. The taste isn't any worse than a normal, lightly flavored protein powder. I would definitely keep using this for my fruit smoothies for added protein and I'd feel comfortable giving this supplement to my 11 year old. If you eat clean, this is definitely something to add to your supplement arsenal. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom and wit!

Have I ever mentioned that I minored in English? Ha! That's where I get all of the somewhat kooky sayings I write.

And while Zimbardo is a bit crazy, this series of quotes are great: