Win-It Wednesday A MONTH of Free Yogurt!

You read it right, folks, today’s Win-It Wednesday is your opportunity to enter to win a month’s supply of yogurt! This giveaway is in continued celebration of FIT BFFs 3rd Blogiversary.

I just returned from Vegas where I attended IDEA World Fitness Blogfest in conjuction with the IDEA World Convention exploring the latest and greatest in fitness and wellness products, services and ideas. I had an extraordinary time and can’t wait to share more in the days to come. One thing I was excited to sample was some pretty extraordinary yogurt by siggi’s.

Not only did siggi’s furnish their delicious yogurts to keep us bloggers nourished every day of our conference, they also very generously provided me with this opportunity for a lucky reader to win a 1-month supply of siggi’s in the form of 30 coupons…each coupon has a value of up to $2.29 which makes this entire giveaway worth $68.70!

If you’ve never heard of siggi’s, you will want to stop by their website to check out the wide array of delicious products they offer. Better yet, find them in a store near you and try them for yourself!

Want to win a month’s supply of siggi’s? All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below with your favorite yogurt flavor between now and Tuesday, August 1st by 11:59 pm central time.

Want extra entries? You can earn an additional entry each for:

Giveaway open to US residents only. One randomly selected winner will be announced on Win-It Wednesday, August 2nd.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Win-It Wednesday Rochester Friends Local Giveaway

Happy Win-It Wednesday, fellow FIT BFFs! I’m celebrating my 3rd Blogiversary all month with some amazing giveaways.

Today I’m excited to announce some generous prizes for my local reader friends in Rochester, MN. I’m delighted to have more great gifts this week, generously provided by a few of my favorite businesses in town.

1-Hour Session with Health Coach Christy Olson

Christy Olson, health coach at Your Inner Sanctum has walked beside me throughout my weight loss journey. Her wisdom opened my eyes to thoughts I’d never before considered as we navigated our way through the struggles and issues that contributed to my obesity. I think back to my first session with her five years ago and am still using strategies she encouraged me to employ to manage my time back then…they were just that good!

As stated on her website, Christy can help you develop a plan to deal with acute or chronic illness, weight loss, stress, or addiction issues. Health coaching can also help if you are feeling overwhelmed, having trouble making decisions or sticking to goals you’ve set, or are just looking for meaning and purpose in your life.

45-minute Reiki Session with Intuitive Reading by Cody

My Reiki healing sessions with Cody Cooper at A New Beginning have had a profound impact on my ability to see the whole picture, to focus on what’s truly important. I left sessions feeling more relaxed, more energized than I ever imagined, experiencing a glowing kind of radiance within.

I’ve made deep and significant connections in my spiritual life as a direct result of just a few sessions. I found balance I never expected, a new level of enthusiasm for life and others around me. Cody has many outstanding gifts as healer, teacher, psychic and divine channel to list a few. He has strong spiritual connections which allow him to intuitively heal with messages of light, love and energy from higher light beings. Friends, he is the real deal; some of the messages he shared with me have changed my life in ways that can’t be explained any other way but miraculous!

60-minute Massage by Matt

Following massages from Matt Ebeling at A New Beginning, I’ve experienced significant relief from chronic pain associated with injuries I sustained from a car accident. I’ve also utilized his sports specific massage to ease the effects of wear and tear following multiple marathons/half marathons. The reprieve and alleviation of discomfort was such a gift…it all drifted away leaving relaxation and ease in its place.

Matt always asks great questions before massage to determine any specific needs or issues. He is talented in multiple massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports specific, myofascial release, and hot stone.

 

Cody and Matt were recently featured in Rochester Woman Magazine for their incredible work at A New Beginning and, incidentally, you might recognize that calm, peaceful gal on the table! Check out their website for the full array of their products and services.

3 One-Day Guest Passes to the RAC

The Rochester Athletic Club is literally my home away from home! I remember feeling so intimidated the day I walked in the door, but that quickly faded away, replaced by empowerment and newfound confidence. I’m grateful to have such a beautiful facility so close to home with an endless list of equipment, classes, ammenities and services…a person could literally walk through that door every day for a year and not do the same thing twice! That’s what keeps me coming back for more, I’m never bored or stuck because there’s always someone with words of encouragement or something new to inspire me. The staff treat you like family which makes a person want to return again and again. Check out the RAC’s website for all the great things they offer!

Many thanks to these generous folks & businesses for providing such great gifts, time and talent!

This giveaway is for local residents of Southeastern Minnesota. If you live close enough to make use of one of these prizes, you are eligible!

To enter, simply leave a comment below with a topic you’d like to read more about in FIT BFFs 4th year between now and midnight Tuesday evening, July 25th.

Want extra entries? You can earn an additional entry for:

Six randomly selected winners with be announced on Win-It Wednesday, July 26th. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Win-It Wednesday Aurorae Yoga

Yeah, I know it’s Thursday, I’m running a little late. I couldn’t let FIT BFFs 3rd Blogiversary pass without giving away some gifts.

So here’s the plan…let’s do some fun giveaways for the next few weeks! We’ll start with an incredible yoga gift package from the generous folks at Aurorae. I was so excited when they agreed to provide a prize pack for the occasion, but when they sent me one too, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. I’ve reviewed some of their amazing products before; you can check that out here.

Because I’ve had the pleasure of using Aurorae’s yoga gear in the past, I knew I was in for more of the same. Check out this gorgeous mat I took to a mindful location yesterday…

I enjoyed a peaceful meditation and some sun salutations on cushioned luxury. Aurorae also provided me with their delightful Hawaiian Island Afternoon Aromatherapy Spritz. The delectable scent had me wishing I could drink it…it smelled that delish! A few squirts of the spritz brought me back to the swaying palms and trade winds; the island was calling, Friends!

The experience was exquisite, and when I was finished, I slid into this divine pair of flip flops. These are designed by Aurorae, “… to make your walk as peaceful and mindful as your yoga practice.”

As promised, walking was as if I had never left my yoga mat…ahhh, the comfort!

Friends, here’s the great news, you can enter to win an Aurorae prize package including the yoga mat, aromatherapy spritz, yoga flip flops and one of these fantastic mat saks to make your practice conveniently mobile!

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US. To enter, simply leave a comment below mentioning a topic you’d like me to discuss in an upcoming post. Want more entries? You can:

Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, July 18th at midnight Central Time. One winner will be randomly drawn and announced Wednesday, July 19th. Good luck, Friends, and NAMASTE!

 

Having My Cake and Eating it Too!

I nervously wrote my first blog post three years ago. I had no idea what people would think of my frequent doses of humor, sarcasm and (hopefully) useful information as I apprehensively hit publish. I wasn’t sure people would take me seriously in my pursuit to live and share my healthy lifestyle. I wasn’t a professional anything, simply a gal on a journey to improve her health and pass on what she learned along the way.

See, my goal in blogging was to inspire others who may have considered adopting a healthier lifestyle, to encourage them in knowing if I could do it, anyone could. I aimed to share thoughts and ideas I experienced so others might feel less alone. I realized many of my posts may have lacked relavance to many, yet I felt led to put them out there anyway,  hoping my honesty touched someone struggling with similar issues. This blogging gig has always been my desire and intention to help others.

But friends, I never expected what FITBFFs would do for me, no idea what an accountability tool blogging would become. Remember, the vast majority of people who lose a significant amount of weight soon gain it back and more. I’m beyond five years from the beginning of my weight loss and I’m determined to never write that apology post to you, Readers. EVER!

Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I predict what else would happen as I shared a few photos of my progress, some helpful products, a new favorite food or recipe, a few strategies to stay motivated, etc. I never imagined the incredible people I would be introduced to, the generous companies I would partner with, the ideas it would place before me, and the places it would take me. This blogging adventure has turned out to be a most amazing blessing, a fountain of opportunity that continues to wash over me with surprise after remarkable surprise.

Not a day goes by without a kind message from one of my readers, or being approached in public, an email from someone reaching out seeking help to begin their own transformation, a company wishing to share their great products or services with you! One word sums up what all this means to me. Gratitude.

One more thing I’m grateful for, Friends…I’ve learned how to have my cake and eat it too on this Blogiversary!

Thanks for reading, fellow FIT BFFs; let’s keep putting our Best Foot Forward!