Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fitness Motivation with The Fitness Games App

**** This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own****

It's no secret that I lack motivation to cross train! I have been doing pretty well with PiYo, but even that doesn't get done every day, and I am a few weeks behind!
I am also competitive. I LOVE to win, just ask my kids! The Fitness Games is the perfect app for me.

The app provides you with workouts, and you can upgrade for 99 cents and get even more workouts! Once you do the workout, you can challenge your friends or even strangers from all over the world. You also earn points for your workouts, and you level up. Right now I am a rookie, but just give me some time, and I will level up.
You can enter your own workouts as well. When I do PiYo, for example, I enter the basics. Each segment of the DVD has a title (squats, lunges, stretch ands strength, etc) so I just add the basics of the workout. Once it is entered, you can start the timer and begin the DVD. When you are finished, you can challenge someone to do the same workout.

Totally missed a segment when I entered the workout, but you get the idea! You can also post pictures, workout updates, cheer on your friends through your feed, and finish it off with a nice, sweaty, post workout selfie.
With the upgrade, you can also do your training runs and races. You can set a goal time, and see how many miles you completed when the time is up.
There is also a monthly tracker that shows you how many days a month you have worked out.

I am really enjoying this app, and I cannot wait to try all of the workouts that they provide! They have abs, full body, circuit training, bodyweight, and so much more. Plus, there are workouts for every level!
The app is available for iPhones and on Google Play

Did you get the app yet? Look me up, I am BarkingMadRun!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flat Mama Friday, Rock n Roll Philly edition

This weekend I am doing the Rock n Roll Philly 5k and half marathon. Bonus bling!

5k outfit, Gigi and I will be matching for this race as ambassadors.

Half marathon, cannot wait to race in my special edition Sparkle Skirt! 

Are you racing this weekend?

Monday, September 15, 2014

ROC Race 5k recap

Saturday morning, the hubs and I left a little early to drive to Brooklyn for the ROC Race. Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge!

 The sky was looking a little ominous! We didn't hit any traffic until we got to Flatbush Avenue, but even that moved quickly.
We were directed to a spot pretty quickly, and we started to get out of the car but we were then told to leave that lot and move to the main lot. I was annoyed at first, but we ended up parking three cars in from the event! Score!
Packet pickup was fast and organized, I breezed through and then we went to the car to wait for Gigi and her friends!

Once everyone was assembled we took the obligatory before pictures!

We were quite the motley bunch! We entered the chute for our wave. And then we waited.
And waited.
And waited.
Our noon wave started just shy of 1:00. 
SO frustrating!

We finally started our wave and ran to he first obstacle, tightrope walk! What fun we had! I will never remember the order of the obstacles, but I will remember the Tarzan Swing for sure! It was one of the first few, and the one where I jammed my middle finger. It swelled right up and still hurts! Ouch!

The Giant Balls were fun! I failed epically but it was still fun! Very few of our group of 14 made it very far and I think only one got to the end! 
There were lots of fun obstacles and we started each obstacle together! Many of us ran from one obstacle to the next, some walked, some did a little of both. It was awesome!
There were slides, a slip and side, walls to climb, balance beams, monkey bars, and the giant ball swing. This was near the ends and the two balls swing like pendulums and you have to try and avoid them. I fell right in, a few of our team made it more than halfway! According to the scantily clad emcee only 5% make it across! Crazy!
The final obstacle was a super high water slide! It was crazy scary fun! While the team made their way through it, I ran to the medical tent for ice. They were super funny guys, and good sports when I showed off my social finger injury!
We all posed for our finisher photo and then ran to the starting area where the foam was.
These photos are by Gigi and random strangers helping us out! 
Running besties!!

My favorite picture!!

Group finisher photo!

Overall it was an amazing time! The volunteers were awesome! There was music on the course and some obstacles had emcees which was fun!
The tube slide was really fun, and one of my favorites!
I cannot wait to see the official photos!
The wait at the start was frustrating, but we did very little waiting at obstacles. Only a few had lines! That was a nice bonus.
I felt rushed at the ball swing, but I doubt I would have done well regardless, so it's no biggie!
I would definitely recommend this race to friends and families!
Other than my silly jammed finger, I have very few bruises. Score!

What is your favorite obstacle race?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#FlatMamaFriday ..... On Saturday!

Ok it is sideways and I have no idea how to fix that! Today I am joining my friend Gigi  and the Motley Shues at ROC Race NYC! We are all dressing as minions!
Tons of pictures tomorrow!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An Epiphany While Watching Biggest Loser

Last night was the season premiere of The Biggest Loser. I'm not gonna lie, I was apprehensive. I didn't really approve of the weight loss of last year's winner Rachel. She looked SO thin to me! I was also a little put off that all of the contestants would be pro athletes. 
I must admit, though, that I really enjoyed it! I love the Bob twist, it is very Survivor-like, and a fun surprise. I love that no one knows about him until elimination. 
What hit me the hardest was Lori telling Jessie about her multiple miscarriages. As I listened to her story I realized that my miscarriage was where all of my weight issues began.
In February of 1998, right around my daughter's first birthday, I found out I was  pregnant. We were surprised but very happy! Shortly after, I went to a birthday party for the son of a casual friend. It was at a sort of kid gym, and I climbed the ladders and ropes to the top and slid down the long slide with my daughter. 
At the bottom, the birthday boy's mom looked at me with disgust and said "you just killed your baby". 
Yeah. That happened. She said it, and it weighed on me.
Shortly after, I miscarried. 
I was devastated. Her words haunted me for weeks. I ate everything in sight. I went from 150 pounds to about 180 pounds in a matter of a few months.
The next time I saw that woman, she said  "I told you that you killed your baby."
I kid you not.
No matter that my doctor told me I absolutely did not kill my baby. 
No matter that the ultrasound showed the baby had died weeks before, and not the week of the party. 
No matter that I had fibroids and come from a family with a history of miscarriages. 
All that mattered were her words.
The baby would have been a Halloween baby, so that was not a fun holiday for me for a long time. It still sits wrong with me 16 years later, but now it takes me a few hours to figure out what is bothering me. 
I know that I am a stress eater, I know how to eat properly. I have lost the weight before, after the birth of my son, so I know that I can do it. 
I guess what I need to do now is face my demons and move on. Is that even possible? I'm not sure. 
Now that I have realized where the problem began, I am hoping this will help me take the steps to build a healthier me!
I think I need a little angel on my shoulder pin to keep me motivated and remind me that it wasn't my fault. 

Did you watch the Biggest Loser? What did you think? What do you think of the new trainers?

A Moment of Silence

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Ominous day of running

Mile one shin stretch 

Not a bad finish considering how sore I was.

Full moon during our nightly Dogwalk.