Win-It Wednesday New Year’s Edition

Happy New Year, Friends! I was truly inspired by each of your giveaway entry comments…your goals and intentions for 2018 motivate me to move forward with similar aspirations. It’s time to announce the lucky winners for today’s New Year’s Win-It Wednesday!

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of our generous contributors; many thanks to our friends at:

Aurorae Yoga

OOFOS

Rollga

 

Our lucky winners are…

Aurorae Yoga mat, tote & beach towel: Tina 

OOFOS choice of one pair recovery footwear: Julie 

Black & Gold Mix Rollga Warrior foam roller: Missy

Congratulations, Winners! I will email each of you for contact information. Many thanks to all who entered.

Now let’s all get with it, to put in the strong work and focus it will take to achieve our goals and intentions for 2018…putting out Best Foot Forward!

Win-It New Years Edition

Happy Win-It New Years Edition, Friends! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for stopping by this year and hanging out with me at the blog! I’m so grateful to have partnered with some wonderful companies this year, which have enabled me to share a few of my favorite fitness/wellness products in the industry with you.

You may remember me mentioning them in past reviews, like how my love of yoga has been greatly enhanced by my friends at Aurorae…

 

You might recall how OOFOS recovery footwear has been my constant comfort companion throughout my running/marathon days and now well into my injury recovery and osteoarthritis management…

 

And who remembers my friend Tim of Rollga…the co-creator of my favorite foam roller I keep running into when I’m in dire need of relief? 

 

Friends, are you feeling lucky this New Year’s Weekend? I hope so, because there are some great prizes to be won from these fantastic companies…want to know what you could win?

The kind folks at Aurorae have generously contributed a prize pack including a yoga mat, tote and towel for one lucky winner. This will surely illuminate your life…namaste!

 

Those generous folks at OOFOS have decided one lucky reader will win a pair of OOFOS of their choice! Remember, they offer many options so my Midwestern readers in the deepfreeze may like OOcloogs or OOmgs over the OOlalas right now. The lucky OOFOS winner will, no doubt, feel the OO!

And last, but far from least, these genius, generous developers of Rollga would like to help one lucky winner find their Ahh-Spot with the awesome black and gold Rollga foam roller in Taggart’s hand on the right…you’ll be so grateful to roll with it!

Many, many thanks to my friends at Aurorae, OOFOS and Rollga for partnering with FIT BFFs for this fun!

Wondering how to win? To enter, simply leave a comment below mentioning what goal or intention you plan to work toward in 2018. That’s it!

Entries will be accepted between now and Tuesday, January 3rd, midnight central time. Three lucky winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Win-It Wednesday, January 4th.

Please note, this giveaway is open to US residents only. And remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter, so do it right away!

Good luck!!!

 

 

Carla’s Favorite Things…Rollga

Friends, the chase is still on for that perfect gift! And I am still not Oprah, but I will continue my favorite things theme today with something I would not want to live without. Need a gift for your favorite athlete, or an idea for yourself? Look no further than Rollga!

Nearly 18 months ago, I was picking up my race packet and attending the Med City Marathon Expo when I met Tim. I was instantly drawn to him, as he was rolling around on an intriguing new item. Before I even knew what happened, I was rolling around on one too!

Friends, I’d been no stranger to a foam roller, but we were far from friends. In my opinion they were torturous devices designed to prolong this runner’s agony, OOPS, I mean a tool to massage sore, tight muscles and promote recovery. I used them frequently, but OUCH! Anyway, there I am rolling on a Rollga Roller and look at my face…I’m not grimacing in pain. Why? The secret lies within those grooves. It actually felt GOOD!

Good enough to go home with one! Wow, did I use that thing often throughout the next six months of races. We were kind of inseparable…

It got to the point where I’d leave the gym following my workout and stretches and foam roll at home. Why? Because my gym doesn’t have Rollgas yet…but I think that’s about to change!

I should mention I was especially impressed that this crafty fitness gadget was developed right here in Minnesota!

This past summer I was out in Vegas at the IDEA Health and Fitness Association World Convention’s enormous expo. And who did I run into but Tim! Rollga’s unique design and comfort had caught on around the world…how fun is that?!?

By that time my Rollga and I had become one!

Earlier this fall I was in the area and decided to drop by the Rollga Headquarters in Sartell, MN. Not only did the generous creators Tim and Taggart roll out the welcome mat, they treated me to a tour, the history of Rollga’s evolution and some amazing product…a special green one for me and others to share, wink, wink!

And if that’s not cool enough, they introduced me to their latest creation…the Rollga Activator 3in1 Helo Massage Ball. This little guy travels with me all. the. time.

 

Friends, if you have pain anywhere or know someone that does, this little gizmo would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Why? Well I can’t explain everything it does, heck, I can’t explain it at all haha! All I know is this little miracle ball allows you to…”restore movement while trigger point locators relax unwanted tension.” And I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of tension to relax! The Activator has become a tool I don’t even think about using. It’s pretty mesmerizing and somehow seems to seek out tight spots all on it’s own. In my mind it could become the addictive fidget spinner for adults!

What a great opportunity it was to meet Taggart and see the Rollga operation in action. I continued on my way and spent the week doing some soulful, restorative yoga and Rollga off the end of a dock.

I’m glad to say that new Rollga and I are best buds. It has gently allowed me to roll lots of knee inflammation away. I discovered another great use on that trip. I had a pretty rotten headache off and on for a few days and the Rollga helped me suppress it simply by lying the back of my head against the center ridges. No medication necessary!

Tim and Taggart informed me of a fantastic tool to help make Rollga a part of my everyday routine…

The Rollga app is a valuable guide, almost like having a trainer right there with you at all times, demonstrating the many possible uses for optimal relief. You can find this handy tool in the app store for your smart devices.

If you are still looking for that perfect present for those fitness enthusiast friends and relatives, or someone who suffers from frequent muscle aches/tension/pain…take a moment to check out Rollga’s website for some amazing gift ideas!

Rollga, one of my favorite things…it’s one more way to put our Best Foot Forward!

FIT BFFs Goes to Vegas

Friends, I’ve been traveling quite often the past couple years in search of adventure, fitness and fun; I THRIVE on it!

I recently spent some time in Las Vegas attending IDEA World Convention, a four-day cutting-edge experience in fitness education, networking and motivation. I specifically attended to participate in BlogFest, in hopes of energizing my blog and reigniting that spark for my continued weight loss endeavors. I’m ecstatic to say I got that and SO MUCH MORE!

I was introduced to some fantastic motivators/fitness experts/authors Todd Durkin and Jorge Cruise. They were so generous with their inspiring messages and gift of their books!

 

I was starstruck coming face-to-face with Kathy Smith in my hotel lobby and later so excited to hear her message. Was amazing to see her in person after those step workouts we did together in the comfort of my living room all those years!

We were contantly on the go, even before BlogFest officially began, we met up for an early morning warm-up…seriously a hot mess sweatfest! July in Vegas, you know!

And that was just the beginning of the workouts because we were hopping all weekend!

 

I really enjoyed this Inner Idea Experience, four separate yoga threads woven together to produce a beautiful tapestry of profound namaste. I welcomed the delightful pause it provided.

 

The calm was very helpful because it was right back to high energy-activities like the mindblowing EXPO!

My most memorable experience was at the Reebok booth where I was fortunate to spend some time with Biggest Loser trainer, Jen Widerstrom. She gave me some much needed boxing tips and a gratitude rich experience I’ll cherish forever.

I LOVE a good expo because it brings me face-to-face with new experiences I’m dying to try…

A few minutes on that thing and my core had no idea what hit it! I will be begging and pleading with my gym to add these to their group fitness schedule!

It was fun to visit with the reps of some of my favorite products. LOVE the array of colors Bosu offers!

I had to do a double take when I spotted Tim, co-owner of my beloved Rollga. I couldn’t believe he was there, as he’s just up the road from me in St. Cloud, MN. But of course he was there, his invention deserves to be in every gym around the world and I’m so happy to witness it happening!

I’m thankful to have spent some time with the fine folks at Great Lakes Gelatin because in a week’s time of using, I’ve noticed a significant reduction in pain and increased mobility in my angry knee. WIN!!!

Throughout this wonderful conference I allowed myself a little me time. I got my recharged self to the gym…and I’m so glad I did. I built a little extra me time into the tail end of my trip too; I knew I would need to decompress and let my mind digest all it had taken in.

 

So I moved off the convention site for my last few days, but I didn’t sit still for long…

Because when in Vegas, there are far more things to digest than thoughts…

 

And I was even lucky enough to spend some time with my Cousin Bonnie as we attended a funny little show that reminds me it’s definitely time to keep moving!

 

Just ask its star, Cindy Williams (you know, Shirley from Luverne and Shirley!!!), we barely caught up with her after the show on our way out haha!

No, Friends, I will never stop moving…partially because I’m still wearing off that pot pie from Hash House a Go Go, but because I know there are so many more things I want to see and do!

What a fantastic treat BlogFest in Vegas was for me, and the experience just kept giving, like the first class upgrade I was awarded on the way home…aw, thanks, Delta!

And thank goodness, because the lightening in Minneapolis lengthened my time on that plane. Which made me miss my connecting flight home, but no worries…an overnight in Bloomington and right back to the airport for my plan B workout!

Because it’s all about putting our Best Foot Forward!