Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer

Have you ever gotten up to exercise early in the morning and just can’t seem to get that little boost in you to get out the door?  You drink a little coffee to get the blood rushing and nothing?  Well have you ever tried a pre workout drink or supplement?

I typically like to stick with what I have tried and like.  I’m afraid to venture out and try new things especially supplements knowing my past heart issues (I’ve had Supraventricular Tachycardia in which I had a catheter ablation on back in 2007) and my sensitive stomach.

Well in my ambassadorship with Fit Approach and Sweat Pink, I was able to get the opportunity to try out Vega Sport Pre Workout Energizer in the Acai Berry.  This was in part of their FuelYourBetter campaign.  It is something that they set up to help athletes reach their goals, to push them past those road blocks and keep achieving their goals.

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I was extremely excited when my package arrived in the mail, however despite all the things going on with work and in my family life it was a few weeks before I was actually able to try it out.

So my first day I got to use my Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer I decided to give it a go as a pick me up in the afternoon before a long run was due.  Well I got my package out and mixed it with 8 oz of water like it instructed.  My first thought after looking at it as it didn’t mix well with the water by spoon was “this is going to be disgusting.”  I took a swig.  It was grainy and gritty.  I couldn’t do it.  I got out my Ninja blender and put it in there and blended it up.  It was better texture wise, but I just couldn’t get over the flavor.  I managed to get it down so that I could fully review it adequately.  My husband laughed at all of my faces that I made.  After I got it down, I changed to get ready to go out and run.  Well the Mom in me kicked in and I got sidetracked by my kids and what needed to be done around the house and let’s just say the running never happened that day.

So a few more days went by and I started rethinking this whole FuelYourBetter campaign and thinking I should give it another try.   So I decided to get up early one more as this isn’t something that I normally  do to go run.  In those few days, I had done my research on the product and came up with some other things to try to make it more manageable.  So I got up that morning, rolled out of bed and quickly got dressed as I had laid out all my stuff the night before as to try to not wake my husband up.  After I dressed I headed into the kitchen, got the glass out of the cupboard and poured the mix into the glass first thing.  Then I poured in about 6-8 oz of orange juice and mixed it with a spoon.   It was still somewhat gritty (I didn’t want to turn the Ninja on in afraid of waking the rest of the family up), but the taste was MUCH better.  I kept having to stir it up after every swig to keep it up off the bottom of the class, but the taste was actually good this time.  I think the mixture of the Acai Berry flavor and the OJ, they complimented each other well!

So after I downed my glass, I headed out the door and started out on my run.  I had 6 miles planned for the day and I still felt half awake.  The package said to drink 20 minutes prior to exercise, but I knew if I waited 20 minutes that early in the morning, then the run wouldn’t happen.  So I started out on my run and about 10-15 minutes later, I felt the energy release and my tiredness immediately went away.  Do you ever remember seeing The Hulk when you were a kid?  When he would change, he would rip his clothes off and the muscles would ripple out?  Well that’s how it hit me except I felt it in runner form.  I was able to complete my 6 miles and felt amazing.  I subsequently started getting up every morning early and started drinking my Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer every morning before my run.  For me, it made running even more addicting.  (This is dangerous territory for me! HA!)

If you are in the market for a new Pre-Workout supplement, I would highly suggest Vega Sports Pre-Workout Energizer.  Yes it took sometime finding a way for me to make it to accommodate my taste buds, but I’m glad I researched it and came up with some solutions.

 

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Vega Sport  and while I received a free sample to review, I received no other compensation for this post and my review is 100% my own, honest opinion.

Long “Monday” Back at Work

Well granted today isn’t Monday, but it WAS Monday for me today at work and boy was it a busy one! Today was one of the last FOUR days left of school for my daughter. This is the first year she has had to go AFTER Memorial Day. It was hard to get into the mindset that she wasn’t done with school yet. So we had to get up at our normal time and then head back home for my normal morning routine once the kids are taken care of.

I had a FULL day of patients lined up with no breaks in between. I failed to leave out that it was dreary and raining out so that just slowed everything down and made everyone SUPER groggy and tired, even myself! All I wanted to do until about noon was go back to bed! Oy vey! Well I finally made it through my day, got my son picked up and my daughter to gymnastics (Yes I even forgot about this because in my mind it is MONDAY! HA!) Got dinner cooked and took 3 kids to the library to get them signed up for the summer reading program from our local library. Yes even my 2-year-old son is participating this year! He was sooo excited! That took a little longer than I expected, but I think they all enjoyed it and the girls had a little friendly competition going on in the car. Taylor, well, he could have cared less! He was just wound up that he got to go with the BIG kids and get books about dinosaurs! They are so stinkin cute!

I did have one hiccup in my day though, okay well two. The first one, I don’t want to go into too much detail on, but I had a little rush of panic from someone close to me. It got me thinking and of course worried even if it turned out to be nothing, but it has me on a mission to change some things around. Second hiccup was check engine light came on in my car. Good and bad with that. Good, my husband knows what it is and has tried two different things, bad is the third option will be taking it back to the dealer to let them flash some computer jargon on it and hopes that it fixes it. We are taking it in first thing in the morning to the dealer so that they can get it worked on.

After all that today, I still managed to get day number two of my Runner’s World running streak in. I kept it short with one mile since I still had to fit in my T25 Total Body Cardio, but nonetheless it all got fit in AND I kept on track with the eating today! Kim 1 Bad Habits 0

How was your return to work after a holiday?

Ups and Downs and Fun Runs

So lots has been going on around our household.  I finally heard back from my ob/gyn about my lab results and ultrasound.  Lab came back okay, the ultrasound showed a small simple cyst inside my right ovary like the doctor was thinking.  I go back at the end of June for another ultrasound to check on the status of it.  So far the only issues I have been having, the birth control pill that the doctor put me on have fixed.  However it kind of stinks having to take something like that since after having Taylor I had my tubes tied.  I think my husband gets a good laugh at this every night!

Other than that, things have been going well!  Work has been fairly busy and Sofie has had a few more extra curricular activities with Girl Scouts and such.  They got to go a day camp for horses which I think the girls loved.  I know Sofie did!

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I also wanted to bring home this little guy, but my husband told me no….

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Now that you know what I have been busy with, I would also like to take a moment and talk about a fun run that is coming to our state that I have been wanting to do!  Run or Dye!  I have done the Color Run and earlier this year, my daughter and I got to do the Color Me Rad 5k.  Those are a lot of fun!  I love not having to worry about run times and PRs.  It’s all about having fun and getting friends and family involved and moving!

Run or Dye is coming to Oklahoma City July 26th at 9 a.m. at the Dead Woods Haunted Forest!!!  How cool is that?!?!   Run or Dye, is the world’s most colorful 5K.   Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy our world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun. Use the code: BLOGOKC to save another $5.  Don’t forget the code EXPIRES July 18th!  You can also form or  join a team and save another $5 for a total savings of $10!

Don’t worry, if you think you can’t do this, then THINK AGAIN!  Run or Dye is for absolutely everyone! Whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you’ll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye. You’re welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line. And Run or Dye is family-friendly — kids 6 and under participate for FREE and do not require registration!  It will be so much fun and you better believe I’m going to be there with my whole family!

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Enter below for your chance to win two codes for free admission to Run or Dye in Oklahoma City on July 26th, 2014. Giveaway ends 7/6/2014 at 11:59pm. Winner will be sent the codes via email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway.

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When REAL Life Interrupts Plans

So all the highly productive and successful people say to “make lists.”  I got that down fo’ sho!  But what happens when that thing called Life throws a monkey wrench in your plans?  You keep on going and do the best that you can, that’s what!

So the last couple of weeks have been busy with work and preparing my daughter for her Rooster Day 5k Run here in Broken Arrow, OK while still prepping myself for my 3rd half marathon coming up June 7th all the while starting Focus T25.  I’ve dealt with a sick husband and a sick toddler.  Not fun, I must say!

As for the Rooster Day 5k with Sofie.  I was feeling iffy going into it.  She was determined to place in her age group, however all of her runs were hit or miss.  I just let it be as she is only 8 years old, but she can be so competitive at times, and as any parent you hate to see their heart-break.

In the car headed to the 5k, you could tell she was excited.  We hadn’t run since Tuesday before with all of her extracurricular activities and my work schedule just left me drained, but we were determined to have fun.  We were the “Pink Divas” after all (her name choice not mine!  HA!).

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While we were in the small corral area waiting for the gun to go off.  She ran with this wand the whole time.  Lots of people were asking her if she had run before or if she was a runner.  I tell you this girl did NOT inherit her momma’s body!  She is long and lean with this mile long legs.  She puts on her running attire and she looks every bit of what most people in vision a runner to look like.  #jealousofherlegs My little brown-eyed beauty!  <3

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She may not have got her momma’s pale skin, or blue eyes, but she got every bit of my stubbornness and determination!  No wonder we butt heads on many occasions!  Pre-race photo!

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Post race picture!  Starting to get dark, so I apologize for the bad picture.  Super proud of her here.  She kept to herself the whole race.  Wouldn’t talk to me much.  Every time I looked at her to see how she was doing, she was in her “zone.”  She was focusing on her breathing.  I would ask her how she was doing and she would nod and tell me “good.”  She knew we had to push the pace if she wanted to pace, but I never told her how fast we were running compared to all of her training runs.  Every time we came up to another little girl or boy near her age, she would tell me we had to pass them.  This bolt of lightning came in 2nd place in her age group with 29:53.  Her and the first place girl were neck and neck the last 200 feet or so.  Super proud of her!  She is already asking when can we run again!  Hmm…sounds familiar…. 🙂

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Her with her very first medal!

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In between all of this and T25, I have been battling some health issues.  I won’t go into great detail, but will leave it as something only females will have to deal with.  But I have been having issues the last ~4-5 months.  First doctor I mentioned it too a couple of months of go, said it was no big deal, but this nagging thought in the back of my head told me to go see my primary care or my ob/gyn.  Well I went in last Thursday.  Got some blood drawn and examined and sent for further testing which I had today.  I’m not sure yet what any of it is, other than I “have something on my right ovary.”  So I had an ultrasound done today.  Granted she told me that in most cases that it’s a cyst, that still doesn’t eliminate the possibility of having to have surgery or more.  I’ve been trying to stay focused on my training and my family’s health and as always thinking positive.   I won’t say emotionally but I know mentally, my states have been all over the place between the positive mini talks and deep, inner focus.  Not sure how to describe it.  Lost in my thoughts and “zoned out” is the best way I can describe it.

As of right now, I know absolutely nothing other than even though I had a tubal ligation after having my son, I find myself now back on birth control pills trying to regulate hormones and decrease risk of cysts (if that is in fact what it is).  So if you find me quiet on here or on my Facebook page, this is most probably why.

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with my 3 favorite people and yes I made sure to call my momma and even my mother in law to wish them Happy Mother’s Day as well.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers til we figure out what this is exactly.