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We Tried a Bunch of CALIA by Carrie Underwood Apparel — Here’s What We Thought

Y’all know Carrie Underwood, right? via GIPHY And you know how she has a workout apparel line: CALIA by Carrie Underwood? Well, her company sent Kristen and me a few pieces to try. And here are our thoughts after putting them to the sweaty test. Women’s Inner Power Crossback Sports Bra ($42) This is a […]


Y’all know Carrie Underwood, right?

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And you know how she has a workout apparel line: CALIA by Carrie Underwood? Well, her company sent Kristen and me a few pieces to try. And here are our thoughts after putting them to the sweaty test.

Women’s Inner Power Crossback Sports Bra ($42)

This is a pretty good moderately supportive sports bra for the price. The fabric is smooth, so it’s comfy and there’s a foam liner that helps with coverage and support. Great for medium-impact activities and ideal for C cups or smaller, the back design is really fun — and the fabric has moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties for freshness. —Jenn

Women’s Four Strand Braided Headband ($12)

I had high hopes. It’s thick enough to look cool and funky and has a bit of grippy material on the backside to hold it in place. y first workout went well, but … during my second workout with it, however, it started to slip, and halfway through it was on the floor. It should be noted that this has been the case with every thick headband I’ve ever tried, so it was a valiant effort that I’m sure would work for people who don’t have a head shape that refuses to play nicely with cute headbands. —Kristen

Women’s Essential Crossover Fitted Capris ($60)

There are a million different kinds of workout capris out there — and the bar is set high when it comes to quality. And for the price, these are pretty much exactly what you pay for. They’re not quite as soft or luxurious feeling as say, a pair of Brooks or Athleta, BUT they, like, hold up way better than something you can pick up from Target. The length is flattering, they have a cool crossover hem that’s unique, and they have a flat seam that stays put so that you can focus on your workout — and not adjusting your pants. —Jenn

Wide Brim Floppy Hat ($30)

Love it, although the shape is quite different than what’s on the site — mine is much floppier. Obviously, it’s not a workout accessory, but I love having stylish hats available to throw on when I’m meeting friends and have little time to get ready post-workout, and this is definitely a fit for that. It’s great with a side braid or messy hair down. (Probably would also be great with non-messy hair down, but that’s not really my reality, so … ) —Kristen

Women’s Support Strap Back Double Layer Tank Top ($55) & Women’s Flow Loop Back Logo Graphic Tank Top ($35)

Both of these tops are winners. The one on the left is almost dressy with some structure to it and is great for a yoga or barre class or — let’s be honest — brunch (anything where you’re not getting too sweaty) and the top on the right is flowy, soft and more relaxed. I love wearing the graphic tank when lifting weights or walking — it’s got just the right mix of function and girliness. —Jenn

Have you tried any pieces from the CALIA by Carrie Underwood line? What did you think? —Jenn & Kristen



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5 Questions With Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, […]


Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth (AKA winner of the CrossFit Games) and all around badass, is currently recovering from a recent shoulder injury — but using that time to help with a cause that’s near and dear to her heart. We recently got to talk to her about all of that, plus more, in this quick (yet deep) rapid-fire interview, on behalf of Rehband and its awesome partnership with Barbells for Boobs (yep, you read that right).

FBG: Why was working with Rehband a good fit for you personally?

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: I believe in safe and smart training so I can continue to achieve my goals. I trust the quality of Rehband’s products because they are medically classified and patented designs. I’m confident that they will allow me to protect my body so I can continue to train and perform, especially while I rehab my recent shoulder surgery. Rehband collaborates with athletes to develop products we need. Last year I worked together with their R&D team to produce a wrist sleeve based on an idea of mine!

Can you talk a little about their support of Barbells for Boobs and what that means to you?

One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and 7 percent will be under the age of 40. That’s why this October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), Rehband is taking a stand against these statistics by supporting Barbells for Boobs, an organization that mobilizes and empowers people to take action in breast cancer. Through their programs, Barbells for Boobs has impacted over 1,000,000 people and counting, in the form of access to procedures, navigation, connections and support. I’m a large advocate of the importance of physical strength as well as wellness — which means advocating for yourself by taking action over your own health. Through the purchase of pink Rx line products from Rehband (knee, calf, wrist and elbow sleeves) during the month of October, you can not only promote your own physical support, but also sponsor wellness empowerment for women across the country through Barbells for Boobs.

After being named the fittest woman on Earth in 2014 — which is a HUGE accomplishment — how do you continue to stay motivated?

I think that the true challenge is finding the best version of yourself, and any title or prize can’t stop the search to become that. It’s exciting to have rewards and motivation, but I think when your focus is on constant progress and your focus changes to something that has nothing to do with fame or money, true happiness comes through and true enjoyment of the journey also comes through.

What fitness/personal goals are you working towards now?

Becoming the best me! With my business, as a graduated chemical engineer, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister and as an athlete. My goals right now are to go back to the CrossFit Games healthy and show what I am made of, to try to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo in weightlifting and to build my brand online.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about life? What’s the best piece of advice you can give?

Nothing is about you! That’s the best advice I got. We tend to think that the world is against or with us, or make story in our head about why something went a certain way, but the truth is that nothing is ever good or bad and it’s all about perspective. Stuck in traffic? Good, I got to practice my patience. Get injured? Good, I got a chance to learn to move even better, etc.

Now, we’ve heard some great gems of advice, but this one is fantastic, right?! SO, SO, SO true. —Jenn



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How an FBG Does Myrtle Beach

My husband and I have very different ideas of what constitutes a successful beach vacation. He sits squarely in the sit-on-the-beach-and-do-as-little-as-humanly-possible camp while I prefer something a little more active. The reality is that my body actually doesn’t feel refreshed and renewed after spending a week sitting or lying around (on the beach or otherwise). […]


My husband and I have very different ideas of what constitutes a successful beach vacation. He sits squarely in the sit-on-the-beach-and-do-as-little-as-humanly-possible camp while I prefer something a little more active.

The reality is that my body actually doesn’t feel refreshed and renewed after spending a week sitting or lying around (on the beach or otherwise). In fact, I often find myself feeling lethargic after too much do-nothing vacationing. This isn’t to discount my husband’s style of beach vacation as “bad” or “wrong”, it’s just not always for me. But I do it every once in a while for the sake of compromise and my marriage.

However, recently I was extended an invitation to go to Myrtle Beach and experience a different side of the area (they paid for all my travel, lodging, food and activities) — a wellness getaway. As you can probably imagine, I jumped all over the chance to take a beach trip that was more my speed … sans husband. Turns out Myrtle Beach is an FBG’s dream!

What Makes Myrtle Beach So FBG-Friendly?

Fall is a fabulous time to visit the Myrtle Beach area because during the months of September and October you’ll still experience awesome summer-like temperatures and warm ocean waters without the peak-season prices and large crowds. During these months, the area becomes far more peaceful, spacious, and affordable.

This place is full of active things to do for the adventure seeker in you who doesn’t want to sit still. You can take surfing lessons, practice yoga on the beach, tackle the tree-top ropes course, give cable wakeboarding a try, tour the area by bike, or jump into a kayak.

And when you do feel ready to settle down for some reflective time, Myrtle Beach offers 60 miles of beautiful beaches to catch a sunrise (like this one) and the most serene settings to take a stroll. Myrtle Beach also created five meditation zones throughout the area, each representing one of the five senses which you can visit while listening to this free 16-minute “Senses” guided meditation from their website.

So many great ways to move in new and interesting ways, celebrate all that hard-earned fitness and focus on your mental health. Here’s a look at how I spent my time in Myrtle Beach.

Hitting the Beach: FBG-Style

DAY ONE: I arrived at the airport in Myrtle Beach in the afternoon. A short drive later, I was sitting on the balcony of my room with an amazing view of the ocean at North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach.

That evening, we took a short drive to Conway, one of the oldest towns in South Carolina, for a walking tour along the Waccamaw River. I was immediately struck by the huge oak trees covered with Spanish Moss and Resurrection Ferns — little details you might miss if you weren’t walking it.

DAY TWO: I headed out early in the morning for a quick run around the neighborhood where I was staying. My running route was just off the beach so, of course, I made a few stops along the way to sneak another peak (and pics) of my gorgeous surroundings. After my run, it was time for yoga on the beach. Meditating on the sand to the sound of the ocean is sublime.

Then, we were off to see the Boardwalk and Sky Wheel. Normally the thought of the touristy sections of a beach town make me roll my eyes. But this time of the year, it wasn’t overcrowded and I even managed to snag a boardwalk handstand shot before going up on the Sky Wheel.

From the top of the 200-foot high observation wheel, we could see everything — including the storm clouds approaching from the west and knew that sadly, this meant our plan to go cable wakeboarding had to be scrapped. But no worries, there’s plenty to do here and Plan B would take us to a local winery.

After lunch, we headed to La Belle Amie Vineyard where we walked the vineyard with the owner Vicki and heard all about the rich family history. We even got to taste the grapes straight off the vine. Then it was inside to taste the wine. Not too shabby for a rainy and overcast afternoon.

DAY THREE: I’ve always wanted to try surfing and what better time? I arrived on the beach wondering if all that yoga and stability training I do regularly would pay off and it totally did … in a big way. Mad props to the awesome instructors at Jack’s Surf Lessons for their part in helping uncover this hidden talent of mine. It was such a blast!

After lunch, it was off to Brookgreen Gardens — home to a fantastic sculpture garden of more than 1,000 sculptures by American artists, a zoo for native SC species, walking trails, and a labyrinth. We started with a 45-minute boat tour of the historic rice fields where we were visited by a gator swimming along side our pontoon boat in the lagoon. Then, we walked the breath-taking grounds — all of which was so zen-like that I couldn’t help but handstand with joy.

The day ended with a nature walks through the marshes and trails of Huntington Beach State Park. There’s a long boardwalk that takes you straight out into the middle of the marsh where you can watch crabs, hundreds of species of birds, and all sorts of other interesting wildlife in their natural habitat. This was truly mesmerizing.

DAY FOUR: Up early to walk to the beach and watch the sunrise — that never gets old. Then it was off to Cinzia Spa for a Hot Lava Shell Massage and Micro-Collagen Facial which left my muscles relaxed and my face glowing. Just in time to pack and head to the airport. I left feeling refreshed, inspired and energized. Mission accomplished!

Thank you Myrtle Beach for showing this FBG such a fabulous time! Can’t wait to do it again!

For more reasons to book a trip or a complete listing of all the great stuff to do, check out this site.

What’s your favorite way to move on vacay? —Alison



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Save Time and Get Motivated By Signing Up for Our New Weekly Digests

You’re busy. We’re busy. We’re all busy! via GIPHY And we get it. Which is exactly why we’re making some changes around here: first, to our email newsletters. Probably like you, um, we don’t need MORE email in our lives. We need only the really, really good ones. Which is what we’re giving you. Instead […]


You’re busy. We’re busy. We’re all busy!

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And we get it. Which is exactly why we’re making some changes around here: first, to our email newsletters.

Probably like you, um, we don’t need MORE email in our lives. We need only the really, really good ones.

Which is what we’re giving you. Instead of sending out daily emails with posts from Fit Bottomed Girls, Mamas, Eats and/or Zen, you can now sign up for a weekly digest from each site. Delivered on Monday morning, it’ll give you all the deets from the past week so that you can start your week off with a motivational bang. (It’s almost as effective as that second cup of coffee, we think.)

And, for those of you who like your daily bit of Fit Bottomedness, have no fear! We still offer a daily (Monday through Friday) option to get everything that goes live in the entire Fit Bottomed World delivered straight to your inbox. Our Fit Bottomed Deals and FBG Life emails will remain unchanged and sent out occasionally about cool extra special stuff we’re doing.

Plus, all of our emails — no matter which ones you get — are all mobile- and tablet-friendly, so you can take them with you everywhere you go. We know you guys have important things to do, so pick which works best for your life and let’s be healthy together!

Sign up here or below!

Have other things you’d like to see changed here at FBG? Or want more of something? Do tell us. We’re here for YOU. —Jenn



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Get Your Healthy Habits Back on Track With the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge

The following post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals in recognition of September being National Whole Grains Month and the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Summer’s over and school is in session. Which — for you summer lovers (looking at ourselves here) — may be a bit of a bummer. I […]


The following post is sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals in recognition of September being National Whole Grains Month and the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

Summer’s over and school is in session. Which — for you summer lovers (looking at ourselves here) — may be a bit of a bummer. I mean, we do love our pool time. But, guys, if you’re in the same missing-summer boat, we have just the challenge for you! You know the whole “but first, coffee” joke? We’ve got a healthier twist on it that’s not only going to get you psyched for a new season but will also help you and your fam set healthy habits — starting with whole grains. Because, as you know, man we love our whole grains.

Not-so-fun fact: did you know that 99 percent of adult peeps and kiddos don’t get enough whole grains in their eats? Forty-eight grams of whole grains are recommended for adults daily and choosing foods made with whole grains is a key part of a healthy diet and has been linked to several health benefits, including: heart health, better weight maintenance, improved digestive health and reduced risk of certain cancers. Not to mention that whole grains are also a great source of energy and provide B vitamins and minerals (great for workouts!).

We think the best way to help people hit that goal of at least 48 grams of whole grain recommended daily is to put whole grains not just top of mind — but also top of plate or bowl (or hand!) with the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge. And with General Mills Big G Cereals.

Whole grain is the FIRST ingredient found in every box of General Mills Big G Cereals. So, besides being totally and absolutely delicious, you know that you’re getting in good stuff. (Plus, has there ever been an easier and more convenient way to snack or have breakfast than with cereal — especially for busy moms? We think not.)

And because September is National Whole Grains Month, we’re challenging you this week to …

Take the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge With Us & Win

We’re giving away four prize packs of our fave whole-grain first General Mills cereals to people who participate in the below on social media and/or comment on this post. So, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #ButFirstWholeGrain and tag us (@FitBottomedGirl) and @GeneralMillsCereal when replying! (U.S. only please — winners will be notified on social media and in the comments below in about a week.)

Monday (today): Munchable Monday
How can you get whole grains into your next snack?

Tuesday:  Take-It-Up-a-Notch Tuesday
How will you get your 48 grams of recommended whole grains today?

Wednesday: Ready, Set, Go! with the Grain Wednesday
Show us whole-grain breakfast!

Thursday: Thrilling Thursday
Since whole grains are great energy, tell us what fun activity your whole grains are giving you an energy boost for!

Friday: Finish Line Friday
What’s your best #ButFirstWholeGrain tip learned from the week?

General Mills Cereal believes in the power of whole-grain goodness and so do we. So, who’s in to take the #ButFirstWholeGrain Challenge with us? Leave a comment below to enter to win. We’re challenging our buds @carrotsncake, @hungryrunnergrl and @runeatrepeat to BRING IT! —Jenn



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6 Unexpected Truths About Your First SoulCycle Class

Interested in taking a SoulCycle class? Amy Williams has all the deets on what you can expect. As an attorney and freelance writer who’s curiously exploring ways to make healthy living more entertaining, Amy blogs at Bibsandblisters.com and Tweets from @aymer22. Be sure to check out her post on what to expect training for your […]


Interested in taking a SoulCycle class? Amy Williams has all the deets on what you can expect. As an attorney and freelance writer who’s curiously exploring ways to make healthy living more entertaining, Amy blogs at Bibsandblisters.com and Tweets from @aymer22. Be sure to check out her post on what to expect training for your first half marathon, too, here!

Preparing for your first SoulCycle class can feel a little intimidating, even for the most fitness-savvy gym rats. From rented shoes to dark rooms and candles, SoulCycle is an experience far beyond the typical group exercise class. Before you reserve a bike and commit to your first class, get up to speed on these unexpected truths about that first class.

1. You will sweat.

This may not seem like an unexpected truth; obviously you will sweat during a 45-minute cycling class. It’s actually the amount that you will sweat that is unexpected. Even after you wipe your face on the towel draped across the bike’s bars, you will feel the sweat running out of your pores. It’s a tight room, filled with others also gushing sweat, so leave your self-consciousness at the door. Just don’t plan to immediately head to brunch when class is over.

2. You may feel an urge to cry, shout or smile.

Even if you expect the physical workout to be a challenge, you may feel unprepared for the emotional workout. The SoulCycle instructors have a unique way of pulling you inside yourself in almost an aggressive meditation. Between cues to increase speed or resistance, the instructors also call out positive affirmations or challenge you to create something in this particular moment. Between bouts of utter physical exhaustion, there’s an emotional release that you might not expect, but don’t want to miss.

3. You feel like a member of the “pack.”

If you’ve tried group exercise before, you already know there’s a certain magic to the shared endorphin rush of a hard group exercise class, but this is different. After one visit to a SoulCycle class, I felt like I became part of the “pack.” From the instructors to the experienced participants to the friendly staff, newbies aren’t just welcomed, but are initiated and applauded. The round of applause at the end of class for the new members was a great pick-me-up after a challenging workout.

4. You don’t have to push yourself; the music does.

Don’t worry about being able to keep up with the pack during the class — the music has a way of forcing you to keep up. Once you click those rented shoes into the bike’s pedals, the beat of the music will be the push you need to go faster or push harder. Follow the music and don’t worry too much about pushing yourself.

5. Your arms will burn, too.

Obviously, you expect your legs and buns to burn after a SoulCycle class, but the added arm workout is an unexpected benefit. Don’t scoff at the two-pound weights on the back of each bike because it’s actuallu the number of reps — not the amount of the weight — that leaves your arms burning.

6. There’s no room for personal space.

The bikes are packed very tightly into an already small studio. If you’re at all claustrophobic, try to reserve a bike nearest the door and toward the back. Once the class gets going, you will probably be too busy to care that 45 strangers are packed around you — all sweating and cycling to the beat — but when you’re climbing over bikes to find yours, it can feel a little intense. Arrive early, find your bike and take advantage of the staff’s willingness to help you find just the right position for your body.

Despite the unfamiliarity you may initially feel when you enter your first SoulCycle, you’ll probably leave feeling eager to go back. Regardless of your fitness level, check it out and enjoy your experience! —Amy Williams



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Why You Should Walk Your Dog (or Someone Else’s) Today

Taking your dog (or someone else’s) for a walk is seriously awesome for the both of you. And this post written by Casey Dickson, community member at Rover.com — which is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers — breaks down why. These days exercise takes many forms, and many of […]


Taking your dog (or someone else’s) for a walk is seriously awesome for the both of you. And this post written by Casey Dickson, community member at Rover.com — which is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers — breaks down why.

These days exercise takes many forms, and many of them are expensive. From gym memberships to studio classes, it can be hard to find a consistent workout regimen that fits within a reasonable budget (and that you work into a long-term routine).

We all know that walking and moving around in general is good for us, but how good is it … really? And how do we implement it into our routine in a way that will allow us to consistently reap those benefits? How about with a good ol’ regular walk with a pup! Here are four reasons why walking the dog is truly awesome.

Improves Your Mood

Getting those muscles moving calms down your nervous system and leaves your mind free to wander, ponder or simply smile at the sweet friend trotting along next to you.

Boosts Creativity

Walking kicks your brain into a higher gear. Research has shown that walking gets those creative juices flowing much faster than sitting at a desk with a cup of coffee.

Gets You Fitter Without the Impact

Walking is an incredible way to boost your health and your fitness — with no added stress on the joints and extra equipment necessary!

You Can Make Some Movin’ Money

Many sources of income are earned from behind a desk under fluorescent lights — with a bottom firmly planted in a seat. Not the case with a dog-walking job. You can actually work as a dog walker — which you can sign up for easily on Rover.com. It’s a trifold kind of hustle: earning you extra cash and calories burned with a serious uptick in mood. And on your journey to better fitness and an improved mood, you get to make a whole host of sweet canine friends.

Have any good dog-walking stories to share? Leave them in a comment! Casey Dickson



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Fashion From the Depths of My Gym Bag

Over the course of four months, I’ll be flying from Florida to New York, Las Vegas, Michigan, California (for our retreat — will I see you there?) and Italy (by way of London). And, while it’s not unusual for me to travel a fair bit each year, this definitely exceeds my typical time above 10,000 […]


Over the course of four months, I’ll be flying from Florida to New York, Las Vegas, Michigan, California (for our retreat — will I see you there?) and Italy (by way of London). And, while it’s not unusual for me to travel a fair bit each year, this definitely exceeds my typical time above 10,000 feet … as well as the number of times I’ll be packing and repacking my bags.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m refusing to check a bag for any of these flights? Yep. So, my packing game has gotta be on point, which can be tricky because for most of these trips, I have at least one event where I need to look … nice. Not, like, athleisurely nice (because that’s a piece of cake for me!), but more on the dressed up end of the spectrum. Meaning a dress, and nice shoes and no wrinkles — which is tough because the only iron I wield with any competence is that of the curling variety. Well, and I guess also the iron you pump. But you get the idea.

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Happily, the universe seemed to hear my call and I’ve had a couple of super stylish product cross my desk in recent weeks — and you guys? They make packing so much easier. Get ready to fall a little bit in love with the two newest additions to my closet (and an oldie but goodie that I purchased years ago but can’t help but share here).

I love, love, love a wrap dress, but have historically had a tough time finding one that works for me — something about my broad shoulders and bust size generally leads to a lot more being on display than I intend. But this dress is a faux wrap, and while the v-neck comes low, after numerous wears, it’s never even hinted at showing my bra. And that’s not even the best thing about it. This dress is legitimately wrinkle-free. No, really. It was in a ball at the bottom of my bag, I pulled it out, put it on, and five minutes later went on a date with my husband where multiple people stopped me to compliment me on or ask me about my dress.

My thought is that, if you’re wearing a lovely dress in a bright color or bold print, you rarely need much more in terms of accessories, which is why I think the “perfect” part of this dress’ name is super accurate. Leota sent me the Alhambra Fern print, which I adore, but the brand is known for its bold prints that are hand-painted in house. If wrap dresses aren’t your jam, they have sheaths, rompers, caftans, maxis, shirt dresses, cocktail dresses and more (including maternity and styles designed for fuller figures). Also, if you’re on a budget, be sure to check the sale section — there are some pretty sweet options in there for an awesome deal.

Nobody gets more use than I do out of those cheap drawstring backpacks you get at races. I use them all the time. And when I’m not using one of those, I generally have either my backpack (because laptop = life) or just my small wallet, which, now that I have a big ol’ phone, just barely holds the essentials. If I need an extra lipstick or something? Totes out of luck. Which is why having a cool clutch is ideal (and if you need inspiration, here you go!). The one that Neely and Chloe sent me — No. 23 The Large Clutch Suede — is compact enough to fit in my backpack (or my suitcase without taking up much space) but has enough space to carry just about anything I might need for an evening or an event. This particular style has nice, sleek lines, so it’s dressy enough for a big night, but it’s not over the top, so it can easily be paired with jeans and a tee. And if I’m spending my money on something other than running shoes, I need it to be multi-purpose, you know?

And speaking of spending money on shoes …

In theory, I love a super high heel. But when it comes to me actually having to walk anywhere — or even stand on my feet for any period of time — I just can’t do it. Between my creaky knees and weak ankles, spending an evening solely in stilettos is a disaster waiting to happen. Plus, big heels take up a lot of space, so with the packing challenges I’m staring down, they’re just out. But what’s not out? Foldable flats, and happily, I invested in a pair of Tieks a few years ago — a move for which I’ve thanked myself over and over again. Now, these are a little on the high-end side, but I’d worn through so many pairs of lower quality foldy flats already that I felt it was money well-spent. These shoes are made to be comfortable and durable, and they come in 58 prints and colors, so you can opt for bright, neutral or shiny shiny (which I believe goes with everything — Metallic Pewter has yet to let me down).

What’s your biggest packing struggle? Overpacking? Forgetting things? I find overpacking incredibly easy to do, but I’m really working minimizing! Kristen



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How to Keep Your Metabolism Burning Long After You Leave the Gym

Love the feeling that comes with a really great workout? Hey, us, too! And today, in this guest post, Brent Frayser — a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in  business administration — is telling us how to get our burn on both in […]


Love the feeling that comes with a really great workout? Hey, us, too! And today, in this guest post, Brent Frayser — a media relations representative for Orangetheory Fitness and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in  business administration — is telling us how to get our burn on both in and out of the gym, all day long. Brent was born and raised in the South and is very outgoing, with a strong sense of determination. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, coaching baseball and football, and spending time with family and friends. Read on for his best metabolism-boosting tips!

To stay in good shape, most people need to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. But, most people do not have a lot of time to spend in the gym. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to stay active and get that metabolism going, even when you’re away from the gym!

Do High-Intensity Workouts

My first tip is to do high-intensity workouts. High-intensity workouts, such as those that are done in classes by Orangetheory Fitness, make your body work as hard as possible during a shorter exercise session. When doing a high-intensity workout, you will likely only have to exercise at a high intensity for 20 to 30 minutes, five days per week. This is much shorter than some workout routines that suggest doing more than one hour of exercise at a time at a lower intensity.

Lift Weights

Another tip that can keep you burning is to lift weights. The process of lifting weights can be intense, which leads to short bursts of hard activity. This process alone is considered a high-intensity workout. But, lifting weights regularly will help you to build lean muscle mass, which burns far more calories than fat. This means that the more muscle you build by lifting weights, the more you will burn fat once you are away from the gym. You should focus on lifting weights at least twice per week, hitting the major muscle groups (legs, back and chest).

Find Time to Move

Think outside the gym and find time to move during the day. While you will burn the most amount of calories during a good workout, most people can still find a few times throughout the rest of the day to bump up their activity. Ideally, you should find a way to go for a quick 5-minute walk or do another task, getting your heart rate up every hour. While these mini workouts may seem small, they really add up by the end of the day!

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important tips is to stay hydrated, both during your workout and afterward. All adults should try to get at least 64 ounces of water on a daily basis. This can help to prevent short-term dehydration, which has been shown to slow your metabolism. Furthermore, drinking water can help prevent you from feeling hungry, which can help you avoid snacking during the day.

Nail Your Nutrition

It’s also important that you follow a healthy diet. Focus on eating plenty of whole grains, proteins, and fruits and vegetables. This will give your body plenty of fiber, which will keep you feeling full and energized. Furthermore, avoid eating added sugar and processed carbs, particularly during the first hour after you have completed a workout.

What’s your favorite way to burn … and burn … and burn? Brent Frayser



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My Surprising Trip to Charleston

This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, the cat is out of the bag. But in case you haven’t (well, you should — follow us here!), I went on my Choose Surprise trip for Marshalls. And it was everything. EVERYTHING. The one […]


This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, the cat is out of the bag. But in case you haven’t (well, you should — follow us here!), I went on my Choose Surprise trip for Marshalls. And it was everything. EVERYTHING.

The one thing I love most about Marshalls is exactly what they are best known for — amazing surprises in each of their stores at incredible prices. That element of surprise makes shopping FUN, and I love knowing that even though I don’t know exactly what I might find, I definitely know that I’m going to walk away with something (or several things!) that I love. I took this state of mind with me to Charleston, and it inspired every aspect of my trip — from my shopping trip to Marshalls to get me packed and ready, to the amazing things I did/saw/ate over the course of the weekend (more on that below!). Trying new things and making surprise a choice is pretty liberating — and I actually learned a lot about myself after a weekend away with just me! And it all started with a little inspiration from Marshalls to find out what would happen when I really step out of my predictable routine.

Wanna hear the play-by-play? I thought you’d never ask!

First, as I headed to the airport, I opened my sealed Pack Up + Go envelope (at last!) and found out that I was going to — surprise — Charleston! I’ve been to a lot of U.S. cities before, but never had I been to Charleston. And I was pumped. I’ve watched travel programs and food shows all about Charleston’s beauty, charm and food scene. And, guys, it lived up to the hype.

So, on a plane I got with all my awesome Marshalls finds. Did you know they even have great deals on luggage, totes, accessories, beauty supplies and travel must-haves — like the eye pillow and headphones you see below? And that they get new stuff in all the time, so you never know exactly what you’re going to find — but you can be totally confident that you’re going to love it? True story!

After two quick flights, I landed in Charleston and immediately got that Southern hospitality that the town is known for. As I got off the plane, one airport employee asked me how I was doing. I said, “Good!” and asked him how he was. His response? “Ma’am, I am loving life,” with a huge smile on his face. I came *this close* to high-fiving him because that, my friends, is how to live.

That first night in, I got settled into my hotel room (I stayed at Belmond Charleston Place — so nice!), unpacked and then spent far too long figuring out what to wear to dinner at Prohibition (I had SO many great options from Marshalls that it was hard to choose, but I settled on a long, flowy black dress with sandals, jean jacket in case I got cold inside, hat and a clutch that was just the right mix of cute and comfy but also totally suitable for where I was going) and had to power walk down King Street to make my reservation time (bonus cardio!). There I had a great cocktail and some amazing roasted carrots and fresh grouper.

That next morning, I went for a leisurely jog down to the Battery and ran along the seawall, admiring both the views of the water and the gorgeous homes. Along the way, I took plenty of walk breaks, stopping to read about some of the historic buildings (and there are a lot of them!) or slowing down just to admire a beautiful garden, flowering tree or cool antique or hat shop. It was so fun to go jogging in a new place, but also to slow down and soak in the city. Charleston has the kind of beauty that just makes you want to stop and admire it. Truly, a surprise around every corner.

After my run, I cleaned up and went on a walking food tour. Charleston is known for being a foodie’s dream (and everywhere I went they had fantastic gluten-free options!), so I had mini meals or snacks at five awesome places. It was so fun, and I, quite literally, got a taste of what Charleston is all about, plus lots of history. From hash to pralines to grits to collard greens to spices and tea, it was delicious. (I’ll write all about that in a second post on Fit Bottomed Eats later, so stay tuned for that!)

And I knew exactly what I wanted to wear for the food tour. I picked up this romper at Marshalls before my trip and I knew it would be PERFECT for the hot, humid weather. It’s totally comfortable and can be dressed up or down depending on what shoes and accessories you wear with it. Seeing that I’m normally in running kicks, the gold wedges were quite the fashion departure for me, but it felt really, really good. I felt like a true Southern belle (and got lots of compliments on my outfit!).

After the food tour, my belly was full, and I headed back to the The Belmond for spa time. I had a massage, manicure and facial. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS. I hadn’t had my nails done in about a year, and I haven’t had a massage or facial since I was pregnant with Gwen … and she’ll be two-and-a-half in September, so, yeah. It was totally outside of my norm and absolutely amazing. The food tour filled my belly with goodness, and the spa filled my spirit with calm.

After getting my zen on, I put on another amazing find from Marshalls and went to one of the hottest restaurants in Charleston: Husk. The pink ruffles are perfectly Southern and perfectly right for a night out. This is yet another instance when I walked into Marshalls, tried on something new and was surprised with how much I LOVED it on. Paired with a cute little clutch I picked up at Marshalls, too, it was great for a night out on the town.

And the food did not disappoint. Oysters … tomato salad … Carolina Gold rice … catfish … peanut butter chocolate shake … bourbon. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. You know when they talk about being able to taste someone’s love or passion in the food? Husk has that. If you’re going to Charleston, book a reservation as soon as you know your dates (I was told by a number of locals that they couldn’t believe I got a reservation), get there early to sit on the gorgeous front porch, and order everything on the menu. You won’t regret it.

That next morning, I took a leisurely stroll down King Street to another recommended restaurant: Stars. I’d learned on my food tour that brunch was a big deal for Charleston folks — just about everyone goes after church (they don’t call it the Holy City for nothing!). So clearly I had to do brunch right. And Stars had a great buffet. It was a nice way to try a little of everything: local fresh fruit, shrimp and grits, kale salad, omelette, roasted potatoes, and sausage. Plus, coffee. Always coffee.

My last stop in Charleston was at Mira Winery. The wine is actually made in Napa, but one of the owners has a home in Charleston so they decided to open a tasting room. Lucky for me, I could get in a tasting just before my flight home. These are my kind of pours …

And it was great. I sat outside on their back patio, under the shade of a big umbrella and beautiful sprawling oaks, and leisurely sipped on some seriously GOOD vino.

And I mean leisurely. I sat there for almost two hours, and enjoyed every second.

And, to be honest, that really surprised me about the entire trip. I’ve flown alone plenty. But vacationed, fine-dined and wine-tasted alone? Not really. Not ever. I’ve always been with someone or going to visit someone or meeting up with someone. But it was really nice to just sit back and have a whole table to myself. Sometimes I’d chat with fellow diners or have a longer conversation with the server about the food or wine, but quite often, I’d just relax, enjoy and take it all in. I was surprised by how good that felt.

I was also surprised with how much fun I had dressing up for, really, no one else but myself. I was in a new place, doing new things, and it was freeing to wear clothes I didn’t normally wear. I saw myself in a new way. Not better — just different sides of myself. And, in a lot of ways, it was a total confidence booster. I liked spending time with myself. I liked looking good and dressing up. I liked treating myself to dessert and a glass of wine. I liked mixing things up. I liked slowing down. I chose surprise — and I saw myself in a new way.

A huge thanks to Marshalls for sending me on this amazing trip and helping me to break out of my everyday routine. A huge thanks to the people in Charleston for being so nice, welcoming and making some darn delicious food (and taking my photo so often!). And a huge thanks to — corny as it is — surprise itself. Surprise itself surprised me with how much one trip could make me see myself in a new way.

Have you ever been on a trip and found yourself changed from the experience? Did it surprise you, too? —Jenn



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How a Professional Snowboarder Strengthens Her Core

Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team. Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?! But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at […]


Professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien is a six-time X Games medalist, Olympian, FIS World Champion, TTR World Champion, Winter Dew Tour Champion and five-year veteran of the Canadian National Team.

Whoa, that’s quite the resume, right?!

But get this. She first learned to snowboard at age 11, and then turned pro just five years later at the age of 16. Her career hasn’t been without hardship though. In 2013, O’Brien was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis — just two months before the Sochi Winter Olympics. While dealing with pain and overcoming obstacles to identify the right course of treatment, O’Brien has kept kicking butt in the sport of snowboarding.

And today, we have the workout that helps to keep her core strong and her snowboarding tricks ON POINT.

Spencer O’Brien’s Core Workout

  1. Diagonal plank matrix, 3 x 12: Start in forearm plank position,. Reach out with your left hand, then your right, keeping your torso square. Then push up to full plank and do two mountain climbers. That’s one rep!
  2. Plank arcs, 3 x 6: Spencer’s tip: “Keep your torso square and your bum down.”
  3. Stability ball V-ups, 3 x 12. If you don’t have a ball, you can do these on the floor.
  4. TRX diagonal mountain climbers, 3 x 10: Make sure to do 10 on each side!

Spencer’s Core Workout Video

Kick-ass, right?! Right now Spencer is training to represent Canada at the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Games Olympics in 2018 in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. We wish her so much luck! —Jenn



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Do Expensive Skin Creams Really Work Better?

This post is sponsored by Olay. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that’s the truth. BUT. I wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t feel like my face just hit the jackpot every time I got carded or someone commented on me looking way younger than my age. I […]


This post is sponsored by Olay. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that’s the truth.

BUT. I wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t feel like my face just hit the jackpot every time I got carded or someone commented on me looking way younger than my age. I mean, I eat right, try to get eight hours of sleep a night, drink tons of water, do burpees, think positive thoughts — so I should look pretty fit and healthy, right?

Well, one area I’ve been totally ignoring is my face. I mean, I know it’s there. And I like it! But instead of me trying to do anything about those fine lines and wrinkles, I’ve kind of just been ignoring them. Because … A) I didn’t want to really think about getting older; B) Have you seen anti-aging creams and products lately? There are a million of them. And a lot of them are pricey; C) How the heck do you pick one — and actually know that it’s going to work?

And then I got the answer: science.

An independent test by the Good Housekeeping Institute showed that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams, including one with a $440 price tag. A 1.7-ounce container of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream goes for $26.99 sooo …

I decided to try it out for myself. Because — let’s be honest — no burpee (no matter how much I love doing ’em) is ever going to make the lines on my face disappear overnight. But this stuff? The reviews are SO good.

And, ladies, even if you’re not experiencing fine lines and wrinkles yet (high-five, right here), this is the kind of product that you want to start using no matter how many trips around the sun you’ve celebrated. Not only is it an anti-aging cream, but it’s also a moisturizing and plumping powerhouse that can help younger women to actually prevent those wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, it won’t break the bank!

You simply wash your face like you normally do in the morning and at night, then rub a thin layer of this skin cream gently in. As it goes on you can almost instantaneously feel the hydration. Which is SO important! Hydration is one of the ways you can fight aging when you’re younger, and its essential to having bright, full and beautiful skin. This skin cream is so rich and yet somehow it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy in the least — it absorbs really, really well. In just one day, you can start to see results. I know I did! (And, yeah, obviously no filters are used below and I have no make-up on. Just me right after I washed my face, and me again, three hours later. Same bathroom, same light … much smoother and brighter face!)

In fact, according to the aforementioned Good Housekeeping Institute study, at the three-hour mark, Olay moisturized 400 percent better than a cream nearly 18 times its price and beat all other products tested. It also increased moisture by 50 percent on average over a 24-hour period. Formulated with powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide, carob seed extract, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, Olay was found to improve skin’s texture by 10 percent in four weeks. Seeing how much it’s already changed my skin in just a few weeks of use, I cannot wait to see what it looks like in a month.

And it’s so great to put another Olay product into my life. I’ve been using Olay body wash and face cleansers since I was a teen, and now I’m thrilled to put Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream in my daily skincare rotation. Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for more than 60 years. Olay was founded on the philosophy to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology without premium prices. And you know what? I think this product embraces that perfectly. It’s made a believer out of me already!

Has your skincare routine changed as the years have passed? I really wish this had been around when I was in my 20s. No telling how young I’d look! —Jenn 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Glycerin 15 Giveaway and How You Can Score a Brooks Endorsement Deal

Ever thought it would be super duper cool to land an endorsement deal for running? Like, that would be the best gig ever, right? Get paid to run? Well, now you can brag to all of your friends and family that you’re officially an endorsed runner with Brooks Running through what’s being called the biggest […]


Ever thought it would be super duper cool to land an endorsement deal for running? Like, that would be the best gig ever, right? Get paid to run? Well, now you can brag to all of your friends and family that you’re officially an endorsed runner with Brooks Running through what’s being called the biggest endorsement deal in sports history: the Brooks Big Endorsement.

Brooks is inviting all runners to make their childhood dreams come true by signing up here. It costs nothing and — in addition to bragging rights — all Brooks-endorsed athletes will receive a $1 check and access to content from Brooks experts about training, nutrition and a variety of other running related topics. Plus, a super cool certificate that shows you have an official deal. It’s kind of amazing. So do it now and become part of a movement that shows that ALL runners (Olympics-level fast to turtle-paced) deserve support for getting out there — and that the coolest thing about running is the community of all kinds of runners!

Glycerin 15 Giveaway

Need more incentive to sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement? How about a free pair of Glycerin 15s for one lucky U.S. reader? Kristen just reviewed them, and we think it goes without saying that you want to win these. Enter to win a free pair in the color of your choosing by leaving a comment with what your running dreams are. Want a second entry? Tell a friend about this post and then leave a comment saying who you told. Want a third entry? Sign up for the Brooks Big Endorsement and leave another comment about how it makes you feel to be all official and stuff.

G’luck and happy running, all! —Jenn



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How I’m Preparing for My Surprise Getaway (Plus, My Best Packing Tips!)

This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. You know how we’re always talking about busting out of your comfort zone? Well, I am about to do just that by giving up all control, planning and logistics and just letting surprise take over. And you know what? Even though I’m […]


This post is sponsored by Marshalls. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

You know how we’re always talking about busting out of your comfort zone? Well, I am about to do just that by giving up all control, planning and logistics and just letting surprise take over. And you know what? Even though I’m a bit Type A (actually, probably mostly because I’m Type A), it feels awesome.

Wondering exactly what I’m talking about? I’m talking about choosing surprise!

We’ve partnered with Marshalls and they’re sending me on a surprise trip this weekend via Pack Up + Go. That’s right. I don’t know where I’m going or exactly what I’m going to be doing. NO IDEA. Total surprise. Ahhh!

But, I did get a list of what I should pack. Which required a little shopping …

This baby is about to get filled up!

Because — let’s be honest — my wardrobe consists of mostly workout clothes and running shoes. Which is great (and, for the record, Marshalls has a great selection of activewear), but this is all about choosing surprise.

For me, going shopping for dresses and wedges and sunglasses and beauty products and handbags is a serious fashion surprise. And, turns out, really, really fun.

It’s also heart-warming and nostalgic for me, as Marshalls has been a part of my shopping life since I was a little girl. My grandmother used to take me there when she’d go shopping, and I have so many fond memories of tagging along with her, searching for the best designer and brand name items at unbelievable prices. (If there’s anything that Grandma Shaver loved, it was scooping up a deal on the same quality stuff you’d see in the department store!) And, even cooler, Marshalls doesn’t just get its merchandise seasonally like a lot of stores — they get new items several times a week. So every time you go in there, you find something new and awesome.

My grandmother could shop like no other (like, for hours), and while normally I’m not a big shopper, I think she’d be proud. I really embraced the Choose Surprise feeling and tried on SO many styles that I normally wouldn’t. And I fell in love with so many things that, had I gone in with a different mindset, I’d have never considered putting on. It’s funny what happens when you try something new, huh?

And it felt really great. Almost like I was discovering a new side of myself. I love the side of me that’s active and sweaty and ready to move, but I also like the side that’s game to glam it up, be on trend and just have fun with my look. Just like trying a new workout, you ALWAYS feel awesome when you bust out of your shell and mix it up. And I was SO pleased with all of the amazing stuff I found!

And now overflowing with goodness!

I left that store with a cart filled with goodies. And not just sandals and dresses and jeans — I got headphones, a travel pillow, new suitcase, hat, headphones, snacks, relaxation and beauty products, a romper, a sleep mask and more (which I’ll be sharing with you in a post that recaps my surprise trip later!).

I cannot wait — not only to see where the heck I’m going, but also to wear all these outfits and put all of this new gear to use! I mean, where am I wearing the below (adorable) shooties to? I NEED TO KNOW!

Which leads me to my best packing tips! Because, of course, I’m already mostly packed. I’m just that excited for the surprise!

My 5 Best Packing Tips

1. Roll your clothes. I picked up a number of cute, flowy dresses and tops at Marshalls and there’s no way I want to arrive at my surprise destination and have to iron before I go out to do whatever amazing surprise things that are planned. I’ve found that if you roll your clothes (rather than fold), they not only take up less room in your suitcase, but also they really don’t wrinkle. Such an easy thing to do that makes unpacking a thousand times better when you land!

2. Choose your flight outfit strategically. There’s no way I’m going to crush that cute little hat I bought in my suitcase, so I’m going to wear it on the plane. I’m also going to wear comfy shoes and the bulkiest stuff I’m taking — jeans, jean jacket — and I’ll carry on my largest tote with a smaller bag inside.

3. Carry on your fave products in smaller sizes. I picked this up at Marshalls and will fill it up with my beauty essentials — including some new oils and bath products I found there, much to my relaxation-loving delight!

4. Pack earlier than later. Packing is the one thing you don’t want to procrastinate. I’m always afraid I’m going to forget something, so packing early gives my brain a little extra time to make sure I got it all.

5. Create your own zen on the plane. Traveling can be stressful, so make sure you’ve got what you need to enjoy the ride: snacks, a travel pillow, sleep mask, suitcase tags with your name and number in case something gets lost, chargers, sunglasses, headphones with chill tunes and — most importantly — a good attitude. You’re going on an adventure!

And then, just be ready to surprise yourself with how good it feels to try something new! How can you surprise yourself today? A trip to Marshalls might be in order, right?! I’ll get the reusable bags … —Jenn



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How to Successfully Transition From Road Running to Trail Running

Are you a road runner who wants to venture onto less-traveled trails? If running the same paved route is starting to feel monotonous, then developing your trail-running skills and spending more time in a natural environment could be your ticket to better — and happier — running and fitness. But many women view trail running […]


Are you a road runner who wants to venture onto less-traveled trails? If running the same paved route is starting to feel monotonous, then developing your trail-running skills and spending more time in a natural environment could be your ticket to better — and happier — running and fitness.

But many women view trail running with some apprehension, because they’re unsure of how to navigate the terrain, how to stay safe, and what trail-specific gear to get. A new book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras, delivers everything a gal (and guy) needs to know to hit the trail. Written by trail-running coach Sarah Lavender Smith — a 48-year-old working mom of two teens, whose running resume includes several top finishes at 70-plus marathons and ultras — the book is both a practical training guide and an inspiring read full of real-life trail tales. (For example, want to know what it’s like to get your period unexpectedly at Mile 12 of your first 50-mile race? Read the section, “How to Pee, Poop, and Deal With Your Period on the Trail.”)

The Trail Runner’s Companion goes beyond coaching technique; it also reveals the ethos and spirit of the sport. In this excerpt from Chapter 1, Sarah explains how to develop a trail runner’s mindset, to successfully transition from road to trail. (Excerpted with permission from The Trail Runner’s Companion, which can be purchased here. For more info on Sarah and trail running, check out her blog, TheRunnersTrip.com. )

The First Step: Think and Act Like a Trail Runner

The first thing to realize is this: Trail running is about more than the physical surface you’re running on and the environment surrounding you. It’s a mindset, an attitude, even a culture.

This mindset, and the culture around the sport of trail running, tends to be:

  • More flexible than prescribed about pace, elevation change, and terrain
  • More adventurous than cautious
  • More inclined to run by feel than by data output
  • More unplugged than attached to and distracted by devices
  • More interested in going long and steady than short and fast
  • More friendly than standoffish
  • More humble than arrogant

6 Ways to Adopt a Trail Runner’s Mindset

David Laney, of Ashland, Oregon, was named UltraRunning Magazine’s 2015 “Ultrarunner of the Year” because of his accomplishments at prestigious, ultra-distance trail races. But he also is a 2:17 road marathoner, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about crossing over from road racing to long-distance trail running.

When asked during an interview with UltraRunnerPodcast.com if he had any advice for runners who are just starting to get into trail running, his answer nicely captured the trail runner’s mindset:

“The biggest thing is to just kind of chill,” he said. “The trails are really, really different. The intensity is different, the way it beats you up is different; it’s really fun, but you have to take it slow at first.”

Beyond “chill,” how can you act and think more like a trail runner? Try these:

1. Be exploratory and even playful during your regular road runs. If you always run the same sidewalk on the same loop around your neighborhood, deviate from the route to explore a side street. Hop off the sidewalk, over the curb, and weave in and out of the street (avoiding traffic, of course) so your sidewalk run incorporates subtle shifts and movements in different directions, as in trail running. If you spot a grassy area, run across it just for fun. If you run past a parking structure, run up the stairwell and down the ramps. Even on a familiar road route, challenge yourself to try new things or go new places while running.

2. Make at least one of your weekly runs a trail run in a mostly natural environment. Over the weekend, plan your schedule of runs and workouts for the coming week; find a time and place to fit in a trail run. Research trails and choose a new one to explore. Make a commitment and look forward to this special run.

3. On both your road runs and trail runs, don’t be distracted by your phone. Turn off its notifications, and pack it away in a pocket or hydration pack rather than carrying it in your hand, so you’re not tempted to look at it and check messages or social media. Also, try running without music. You might find this boring at first. That’s the point: to develop patience and tune into your present surroundings, which can trigger some of your best thinking. Save your music and podcasts for extra-long, multi-hour runs when it’s okay to tune out for an hour or so.

4. Pay attention. Cultivate mindfulness — an awareness of your present surroundings. Open your ears and eyes to what’s around you. This is for your own safety, because on trail runs, paying attention is key to avoiding hazards. A keen awareness of your surroundings will help prevent you from bonking your head on a low tree limb or tripping over a root.

5. Minimize the amount you check your GPS during your run. Many runners become addicted to the pace and mileage settings on their high-tech watches. On trail terrain, measurements of average pace and cumulative distance are more likely to be inaccurate or lag behind real time. The signals that track your location and speed can be imprecise when you’re in a remote, woodsy environment with steep switchbacks, for example. You may find yourself frustrated if the pace and distance showing on your watch is noticeably different from what you feel to be accurate. Just chill out and ignore what your watch or smartphone GPS app says! Listen to your body instead. But keep your GPS running so that you have a general sense of how far you have gone, and at the end of your run, you’ll have a somewhat precise, but not perfect, tally of your miles and average pace. Don’t worry that you’re going “too slow” if your watch says your pace is a minute or more slower than you anticipated. Aim for less quantifiable, more intuitive efficiency and steadiness on the trail.

6. Smile. Seriously, smiling will help you feel better and run better! When you smile at others or just smile for the sake of smiling, even if you inwardly feel grumpy or fatigued and don’t genuinely want to smile, you are doing at least three beneficial things: spreading your joy and making other people more inclined to be friendly; improving your running form by relaxing your facial muscles and the tension in your upper body; and, increasing your odds of feeling and performing better for the remainder of your run. Think “fake it ’til you make it”; by smiling and acting positive, even if it’s somewhat faked or forced, you are increasing the likelihood that you actually will feel better. Trail runners “grin and bear it” — that is, they suffer discomfort during their runs with stoicism and humor — and by doing so, they work through those low points.

The only question is now, what trail will you hit first? —Jenn



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Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

It’s getting hot out there, and we thought, hey, why not do something extra cool (see what we did there?) … for you and your pup? Something like a special giveaway — for U.S. and Canadian readers! — from Kurgo! After all, they make some of our favorite doggie gear. Kurgo will give away one […]


It’s getting hot out there, and we thought, hey, why not do something extra cool (see what we did there?) … for you and your pup? Something like a special giveaway — for U.S. and Canadian readers! — from Kurgo! After all, they make some of our favorite doggie gear.

Kurgo will give away one Quantum Leash and Go-Tech Adventure Harness to one random U.S. or Canadian reader so that the winner can go on some epic active adventures with their pup this summer! Because, seriously, if you’ve never run with your dogs hands-free using a Quantum Leash and Go-Tech Adventure Harness, it’s the COOLEST!

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. No purchase is necessary to enter. Giveaway is only eligible to people residing in Canada and the USA. One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email after the giveaway has closed. By entering this giveaway, you subscribe to the Kurgo email newsletter.

Now that you’ve entered, tell us about your four-legged active buddy who you want to win this for! —Jenn



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Two Pieces of Apparel You’ll Feel Good In — and About

This post is sponsored by REPREVE. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. What’s the no. 1 thing we here at FBG look for in our apparel and swimwear? How it makes us feel. Because when we feel good, well, everything just seems to go a bit better. And here are two new pieces of […]


This post is sponsored by REPREVE. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

What’s the no. 1 thing we here at FBG look for in our apparel and swimwear? How it makes us feel. Because when we feel good, well, everything just seems to go a bit better. And here are two new pieces of apparel that are making us feel SO good, inside and out. You guys just gotta check them out!

Waterlust Cosmic Coral Legging

How fun are these Cosmic Coral Leggings from Waterlust ($65)? With this super fun pattern that’s inspired by soft coral and looks out of this world (because it’s cosmic, get it?), these are soft, stretchy and just perfect for your yoga mat. Or brunch after. Or a walk. Or at the gym or even in the water. Okay, they’re really great anywhere. They’re made of 86 percent REPREVE (more on that in a bit!) and 14 percent lycra with a 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor — so they’re great whether you’re being active inside or out. And besides being hella cute and way flattering (the waistband sits perfectly — not too high, not too low), 10 percent of profits from each pair sold goes to Coral Morphologic to continue their research into coral reefs and further inspire others through their unique marriage of art and science. Yay science!

Bare Beach Double Strap Top and String Bottom

It can be really hard to find the perfect swimsuit. If you’re like me, you want something that’s flattering and that you feel good in. But you also want something you can move in. And this is kind of the perfect swimsuit for that! First, let’s talk about the Double Strap Top from Bare Beach ($53). It comes in solid colors, so it’s easy to mix and match, has great support for active, small- to medium-chested ladies and has the coolest tie in the back. It’s just the right mix of fashion and function. Then, there’s the String Bottom ($53). These have fun ties on the sides and enough coverage to make you feel like you can move around while still getting plenty of sunshine on your fit bottom. Both pieces are a mix of 82 percent REPREVE and 18 percent Spandex. So, like the leggings, you’ve got just the right amount of stretch and REPREVE …

What’s REPREVE, you ask?

While all the above pieces make us feel awesome, we want to tell you guys more about what they’re made of — because it’s amazing. REPREVE is an eco-friendly fiber that’s made from recycled materials like plastic bottles. And it’s freakin’ changing the world. Already in a ton of products (like the awesome ones above, plus other clothes, footwear and auto interiors), the company that makes REPREVE — Unifi — has recycled and transformed more than 5 billion plastic bottles into this special fiber. So, when you support and wear this stuff, you’re not only hooking yourself up with awesome high-performance apparel, but you’re also saying: Hey, world, I care about you and I want to make you a better place!

And that feels pretty great inside and out, doesn’t it? We think so. It’s recycled bottles reborn!Jenn



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Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade

This post is sponsored by Wholesome. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. This spring, I’ve gotten really into gardening. And sunshine. Because it was really, really rainy here for a few weeks and OMG there is nothing better than basking in the sun and working in the yard after drizzle and cold temps have kept […]


This post is sponsored by Wholesome. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

This spring, I’ve gotten really into gardening. And sunshine.

Because it was really, really rainy here for a few weeks and OMG there is nothing better than basking in the sun and working in the yard after drizzle and cold temps have kept you inside with a toddler. Nothing.

And now that I’m spending lots of time outside on our back deck with my family and friends (seriously, outdoor gatherings are the best), I’m finding that I want something to sip on that’s as hydrating as water, but not, you know, water. I want something energizing. Something that screams spring fun. Something that’s refreshing and healthy … with just the right amount of sweetness.

Guys, I think I may have created just the perfect spring drink: Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade.

It’s light. It’s bright. I mean, it’s practically sunshine in a glass. And it’s perfection for springtime sippin’.

The fresh ginger and lemon juice is balanced out with savory rosemary (which I planted and was SO happy to harvest from my own garden for this recipe!) — and my new favorite ingredient: Wholesome Organic Stevia.

You know how some stevia has a bitter aftertaste? Not Wholesome Organic Stevia. It’s deliciously sweet with no bitter aftertaste, and it has zero calories and no glycemic impact, so it’s great if you’re watching your sugar intake or are controlling blood sugar spikes. It’s also organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher. Compared to those chemically derived pink, yellow and blue sweeteners? This stuff is a clean-eating dream!


Low-Sugar Rosemary Ginger Lemonade

Serves: 4

Ingredients
3 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
6 large fresh rosemary sprigs (reserve 2 for garnish)
1 inch section of ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon Wholesome Organic Stevia (or 4 packets)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup cold water

Directions
1. Bring water and pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add in 4 rosemary sprigs and ginger. Cover pan and let seep for 30 minutes or longer. Strain out rosemary and ginger, and cool until at room temperature (can also store in the fridge for 24 hours).

2. Once cool, combine in a pitcher with Wholesome Organic Stevia, lemon juice and cold water.

3. Chill until ready to serve and then garnish with rosemary sprigs. Cheers!

So, yeah, Wholesome Organic Stevia is basically the best ingredient for a healthy lifestyle! It easily lightens your fave recipes and drinks, and is great for coffee, tea, cereal, smoothies, Greek yogurt, oatmeal … anywhere you need a little healthy sweetness.

Wanna pick up some Wholesome Organic Stevia and sip on this lovely lemonade with us? Get a coupon for Wholesome Organic Stevia here and pick some up online here or at your local Whole Foods, Target, HEB (in Texas), Wegmans, Meijer, Sprouts, Amazon or in Wholesome’s online store. Come sip on sunshine with us! Jenn

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wholesome Stevia. The opinions and text are all mine.



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5 Tips to Make This Your Fittest and Most Feel-Good Summer Ever

This post is sponsored by Pure Protein. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. Summer has unofficially started, and, guys, we are PUMPED. And it’s not just because summer means sunshine and pools (although, yes, it does mean those things and that’s awesome). It’s also because we are determined to have our fittest — and […]


This post is sponsored by Pure Protein. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

Summer has unofficially started, and, guys, we are PUMPED.

And it’s not just because summer means sunshine and pools (although, yes, it does mean those things and that’s awesome). It’s also because we are determined to have our fittest — and most feel-good — summer ever here on FBG.

Sure, we want to look good but, really, that’s just a byproduct of us working towards our own personal health goals and actually feeling good in our own skin, no matter what we’re wearing. So, with that in mind, we wanted to share the five ways we’re making this summer totally and absolutely fabulous.

1. Make peace with your body.

The best thing you can do for yourself this summer is to make peace with your body. Make a vow to love it and respect it, unconditionally. That means that if you’re craving some downtime, make plans to chill it on out. If you’re jonesing for a run, hit the pavement! If you want some chocolate, eat a Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe bar and enjoy every protein-rich, gluten-free bite!

Life is too short and we all have too many things to be grateful for to let our self-perceived “flaws” stop us from doing what we really want to do. And definitely — we repeat definitely — don’t allow your body shape or size stop you from wearing the swimsuit you want and doing the active things you want. This summer is about YOU BEING YOU!

2. Try a new outdoor workout.

Make some memories this summer by doing an outdoor workout or activity that you’ve never tried before. I had the chance to get on a stand-up paddleboard with Kristen recently and it was such a beautiful experience (not to mention a great workout!). When you’re out in the nature, you just notice stuff you wouldn’t otherwise. Whether it’s stillness, a cool-looking bird or simply a greater appreciation for what your body can handle (I had a pretty epic almost-fall-in-the-water moment and it was hilarious how hard I worked to not fall in the water), getting outside is good for the mind, body and soul.

So this summer, why not try something new like kayaking, skiing, hiking, SUP, trail running, kick ball, snorkeling or sand volleyball (the list goes on and on!)? Even taking your usual workout outdoors can be a fun change of pace. Try it!

3. Be prepared for anything.

And while you’re out during your new summer activity or workout, make sure you’re fully prepared for whatever happens. That means always having the right gear and carrying sunscreen, a first aid kit, water, your cell for emergencies and yummy protein, of course! We don’t go anywhere without our favorite Pure Protein bars! They’re so easy to throw into a beach bag or backpack, and they’re totally delicious, gluten-free and have 19-21  grams of protein per bar! Talk about a summertime staple.

4. Set a hydration goal.

With summer comes rising temps, you want to make sure you’re getting your H20 in on the reg. One of our favorite ways to do this is to take our water bottle with us pretty much EVERYWHERE. (Honestly, I wish I’d brought it on my SUP above!) An easy way to make sure you’re drinking enough water is to set a goal — say two to three liters, depending on how active you are and how hot it is. Then, figure out how many water bottles it’ll take to reach that goal. For each water bottle you have a goal to drink, put a hair-tie over the top of your water bottle. Then, as you guzzle them down and finish a water bottle, either put the hair-tie on your wrist or move it down to the bottom of the bottle. That way you always have a visual reminder of your goal and never lose track of how much awesome water you’ve had!

5. Push yourself … then recover like a boss.

 

Recovery is always important, but it’s even more important when you’re trying new things and challenging yourself with new activities. So, after each workout, be sure you’re fueling up with plenty of protein (again, we LOVE Pure Protein bars for this — so convenient), using that foam roller, drinking lots of water and getting your zzzs. It’s seriously the difference between having a great workout or a not-so-great one the next day.

Fit Bottomed line: this summer should be all about feeling healthy and good. A mix of exercise and nutrition is key to a body you feel great about, inside and out. And Pure Protein is a perfect protein-packed snack that will keep you on track in reaching all of your summer goals!

What new outdoor activity will you try this summer? —Jenn

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Protein. The opinions and text are all mine.



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How to Build an Active Life That’ll Last a Lifetime

Today’s guest post on building an active life that’ll support you for a lifetime is from Kevin Jones, who shares his wisdom and expertise in the health and fitness industry for a number of sites across the web. He has written extensively for NordicTrack offering out-of-the-box workout plans and nutritional advice. During his free time, […]


Today’s guest post on building an active life that’ll support you for a lifetime is from Kevin Jones, who shares his wisdom and expertise in the health and fitness industry for a number of sites across the web. He has written extensively for NordicTrack offering out-of-the-box workout plans and nutritional advice. During his free time, he likes to be very active with his wife and two children hitting the slopes of Park City, Utah, or chasing down Salt Lake City’s Korean food trucks. Connect with him online on LinkedIn or Twitter​.

Aging may be an unavoidable fact of life, but there are plenty of ways you can prepare your body to age gracefully and stay fit.

Now, you might be thinking, “I don’t need to worry about this yet! I’m not an old person.” But actually, now is the perfect time to start working on this.

Did you know that muscle loss can start as early as 20 years old? If you aren’t proactive with your workouts, you could hit your 50s and already have 35 percent muscle loss. Also, muscle loss is linked to slowing metabolism. If you’re already feeling like your metabolism isn’t what it used to be, then you need to consider these tips on how to build up an active life that will keep you going for years to come.

Focus on Pain Reduction

A lot of our muscle tightness comes from a loss of flexibility. A simple fix for this would be to add yoga for 15 to 20 minutes, three days a week to your lifestyle. There are many styles to choose from, from popular Bikram to the more soothing Hatha style. Mix and match to find something you’re comfortable with.

Lower Risk of Injuries

Loss of balance is a contributor to fall risks. While taking a fall for most younger people is usually just considered embarrassing, as we age, the risks mount. According to the National Council on Aging, every 19 minutes an older adult dies from taking a fall. Regular activity like cycling can help maintain your coordination and limit your risks of accidents.

Support Your Wide Range of Activity

If you already are a fairly active person, congratulations! Many sports enthusiasts, from runners to basketball players, consider participation in their sport enough to get by. What they haven’t considered is that many injuries sustained in the course of their sport — from sprains to pulled muscles and more — might have been prevented with attention to their sleep schedule. Active adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep; so even if you can get by on less, you may end up paying for it in the end.

Impact Training Is Vital

Without mechanical stress (impact), our bones will weaken over time. This allows bone mineral leaching and creates an environment for more easily broken bones. By accustoming your bones to impact while you are younger, you can protect yourself from these effects of aging. A good source of impact training is running. To avoid some of the problems that come with running on hard surfaces, you may want to consider a low-impact treadmill.

For a more extensive breakdown of what happens to your body as you age, review the infographic below, made by the Breaking Muscle team and NordicTrack.

How will you keep your body young? —Kevin Jones



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10 Minutes With CrossFit Star Brooke Wells

She’s 21 and your typical college student at Mizzou. Except she’s not. She just landed a major deal with Cellucor and is one of the hottest uprising stars in CrossFit. We mean, how many college students can legit say that they’re the sixth fittest person on the planet? Um, yeah. Say hello to Brooke Wells! A […]


She’s 21 and your typical college student at Mizzou. Except she’s not. She just landed a major deal with Cellucor and is one of the hottest uprising stars in CrossFit. We mean, how many college students can legit say that they’re the sixth fittest person on the planet? Um, yeah. Say hello to Brooke Wells!

A two-time individual CrossFit Games athlete, Wells won the 2015 Central Regional at age 19 in her first appearance. A year later, she took third in her region, but vaulted to the top of the Games with six top-five finishes and one event win. And today, we’re sharing our convo with her!

How did this partnership with Cellucor come about?

I used their products even before I was CrossFitting — I mean who doesn’t love C4? They had approached me and it was an opportunity I was so excited about! Not only do I really love their products, but after talking to the company I knew it was a company I wanted to be a part of.

What’s your favorite product of theirs?

It’s hard to choose a favorite … but probably the casein protein! I make that into a “pudding” every night and it’s the best tasting casein I have ever had and mixes really well. I also love their BCAAs and whey protein — they have so many amazing and different flavors.

Can you tell us a little about your nutrition plan and how/if it differs when you’re competing?

I follow macros! I eat mostly paleo (or, in other words, just real foods) I guess, with the exception of rice and oatmeal. I’m thankful to get my meals all from Paleo Power Meals. In competition, my carbohydrates just increase.

In your first Open, you finished in 1,232nd place. Last year, you finished ninth. How did you do that?! What changed?

I would say just many small changes over the year. I think each year I dial something in and all the little things just add up! This year, I have started working with a new coach, Ben Bergeron, which has significantly benefited my performance — best change yet! I also have started working with Working Against Gravity to dial in my nutrition. I am also much more focused and mentally prepared than any year before.

How do the other students at Mizzou treat you? Any funny stories there with getting recognized or people just realizing you’re a badass?

I just get treated normally — haha. It’s nothing like CrossFit events where everyone knows who I am. It’s actually always super random when I get “noticed.” Most of the time it’s not even students on campus; it will be places like the Mizzou Football games or events like that! But I have had multiple students in class say “Are you Brooke Wells?” Haha.

What’s your major and what are you plans after school?

Business, but I plan to train and continue my CrossFit career, just focusing on CrossFit, for as long as I can. Then I will use the business degree as backup, haha.

Do you have a manta or phrase that motivates you?

I’ve held on to “Stay focused.” Just because, to me, it means no matter what’s going on around you, what your friends are doing on the weekends, whether you feel exhausted and don’t want to train that day … stay focused on the end goal, which is the Games.

What’s one thing most people don’t realize about you?

Some people still don’t realize I have a twin, haha! I’ll post a picture with her and always get comments like “there’s two of you?!” Yes! Also, I am a FULL-TIME student. Not just taking a couple classes. It is very challenging and difficult to balance at some times. Especially with as much travel as I do. I’ll come back from a trip and my friends will literally say “Are you still enrolled?!” Haha, yes! I just make it work, and no, teachers are not helpful in the least bit.

Any advice for women who are reluctant to pick up the heavy weights at the gym?

Haha, don’t be intimidated! All my friends think they could never even lift a barbell but everyone starts somewhere!

No doubt that we’ll be watching and cheering for Brooke as this year’s CrossFit Games. What about you? —Jenn



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How We’re Powering Up Our Brand One Charge at a Time

This post is sponsored by BIC Graphic. Find more on our sponsored post policy here. We’ve largely built our business and brand on word of mouth. Because, while we do have a massive mission to save the world from dieting and deprivation, we don’t have a massive advertising budget. So when we say you guys are […]


This post is sponsored by BIC Graphic. Find more on our sponsored post policy here.

We’ve largely built our business and brand on word of mouth. Because, while we do have a massive mission to save the world from dieting and deprivation, we don’t have a massive advertising budget. So when we say you guys are everything to us — it’s so true. You’ve been spreading the word about FBG since 2008!

As our brand has grown from one site to four, and a podcast, plus speaking events and an online weight-loss program, we’ve evolved in our business, too. No longer are Kristen and I just typing in front of a computer all day. We’re out at events, we’re networking and connecting with others in our field, and we’re meeting with readers, clients and people who want to live a more Fit Bottomed life. And we love that — and we want to make the most out of each and every one of those encounters.

And let’s get real. There is A LOT of noise out there. There are a lot of websites and products and programs and … OMG … how do you stand out!? How do you get people to not just smile at your name (thank you, Queen, for the name inspiration) but actually remember it, go home and then pull it up on their computer or device time and time again?

Here’s the answer: you put your brand top of mind by stamping it on something that they actually use. Something like a promotional product!

It was hard to pick a product to put our brand on because there are so many to choose from, but we settled on the Compact Aluminum Power Bank in the bright blue color you see above. While something like a branded water bottle or towel might seem like an obvious fitness choice (and those are awesome options), we went with the power bank because it’s just so darn useful. Not to mention powerful. (Get it? Of course you get it.)

All of us are so connected these days and we know for a fact that we’re not the only one cursing at our phones or laptops when we run out of power and can’t find an outlet. (I mean, it means you can miss out on taking notes from a great meeting or capturing an awesome Instagram story!)

This is the kind of promotional product that people will take with them EVERYWHERE. And every time they plug in for more power, they’ll be thanking us and seeing our brand and URL time and time again.

These even come pre-charged right out of the box. We’ve given these out at business meetings, coffee shops, at the gym, group runs … people take their devices everywhere they go and they are so happy to have our power bank save the low-battery day. It’s a promotional product that people don’t just use once or twice. They save it and it becomes one of those things that they always keep with them.

Also, the quality is great. It totally fits in our budget and helps us reach our goal to spread the word and make the world a more body positive place … one powered up charge at a time!

For more info, be sure to check out BIC Graphic’s website, and Instagram and Facebook page! And if you come to our retreat this summer, know that you’re getting one of these cool branded power banks just for you! —Jenn



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Friday Giveaway: Free ButcherBox (Plus Ribeye Steaks for All!)

What an epic week it’s been! Before we get into the tasty deets of today’s giveaway, let’s make sure you haven’t missed any of these amazing giveaways, shall we? And we are ending our nine-year celebration with something for EVERYONE! (Well, except vegetarians or vegans — unless you want to gift it to a meat-eater […]


What an epic week it’s been! Before we get into the tasty deets of today’s giveaway, let’s make sure you haven’t missed any of these amazing giveaways, shall we?

And we are ending our nine-year celebration with something for EVERYONE! (Well, except vegetarians or vegans — unless you want to gift it to a meat-eater you love!) It’s ButcherBox!

I shared on Fit Bottomed Eats exactly why I love it so much (and why we’re an affiliate), but here’s the gist: it’s basically a subscription service that sends AMAZING, high-quality, grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken and heritage breed pork directly to you house. No two boxes are the same and for $129 a month, you get 8 to 11 pounds of high-quality meat. That’s about enough for about 18 to 25 individual meals that each have around 6 to 8 oz. of meat. So, it’s a hearty amount!

And we’re giving away a free box to one of you (a $129 value)!

How to Enter to Win

Entering is easy! Simply leave us a comment and tell us what your favorite post from the past year on FBG has been (maybe it’s one of these?), and we’ll randomly select a continental U.S. reader in about a week and notify him/her in the comments and via email. Want a bonus comment? Tell someone about this post on social media and leave the link to your update in a second comment. Boom!

How You Can Win RIGHT NOW!

Bonus! Today through May 27, all FBG readers can get $10 off their first box and get free ribeye steaks by signing up here!

Seriously, the ButcherBox ribeye steaks are so good, you want to sign up now AND enter to win! —Jenn



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Editors’ Picks: Our 9 Favorite Posts

Yesterday you had your turn, and today it’s ours to share our favorite posts from the past year! Our picks are a mix of reflection, gratitude and body positivity. Because the last year brought some changes: Erin went on a new adventure, and we launched not only a podcast and an online weight-loss program but also announced […]


Yesterday you had your turn, and today it’s ours to share our favorite posts from the past year! Our picks are a mix of reflection, gratitude and body positivity. Because the last year brought some changes: Erin went on a new adventure, and we launched not only a podcast and an online weight-loss program but also announced that we’re hosting our first retreat in the California redwoods.

But it’s all occurred with the love-yourself vibe that we’ve always been about — and will always be about. Because, girl, you are more than the number on the scale. In case you missed any of these or simply need a refresher (they’re good enough to read again and again!), here are our favorite posts in no particular order.

weight loss with self love

self confidence

more cleavage

losing weight

yoga benefits

weight-loss secrets

9. A Note From the Heart (We’re so glad he’s feeling better!)

Runner-ups (because it was SO hard to narrow a year down to just nine posts): This guide to workout hair was epic, this podcast episode that started it all and, well, this needs no explanation, right? —Jenn & Kristen



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Thursday Giveaway: Case of Fawen Drinkable Soup for 3 Lucky Readers

It’s a new day … and a new giveaway for our birthday week! Just to recap what we’ve had thus far (because, OMG, it’s good and only getting even more awesome) … And today you can get in on one of the hottest healthy eating trends of the year: drinkable and delicious soup from Fawen! […]


It’s a new day … and a new giveaway for our birthday week! Just to recap what we’ve had thus far (because, OMG, it’s good and only getting even more awesome) …

And today you can get in on one of the hottest healthy eating trends of the year: drinkable and delicious soup from Fawen!

Photo: Courtesy of Fawen

In fact, Fawen is giving away a case in the flavor of your choice to three lucky U.S. readers! First time hearing about Fawen and this delicious new trend? Fawen is soup reinvented: chilled and drinkable on the go, perfect as a power-snack anytime and anywhere (at work, picnic, post-workout). Great nutritionally, it has 16 vitamins and minerals from vegan superfoods and 85 percent less sugar than veggie and fruit smoothies.

Fawen is great way to keep you happy and nourished in spring and summer. Say hello to your new everyday snack!

Courtesy of The Good Festival

How to Enter to Win

For this one, all we want to know is why you want to win this. So leave us a comment with why you want a case of Fawen, and we’ll randomly select a U.S. reader to win in about a week and notify him/her in the comments and via email. Sound delicious? We thought so!

Want a bonus entry? See what flavor you’ll pick if you win and then leave a second comment with your answer! —Jenn



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Our 9 Most Popular Posts

I feel like we say this every year for our birthday when we share the most popular posts from the year, but seriously: YOU GUYS HAVE THE BEST TASTE. The nine posts (nine to celebrate our nine years in the webosphere, obviously!) you read the most on FBG are everything we love about you and […]


I feel like we say this every year for our birthday when we share the most popular posts from the year, but seriously: YOU GUYS HAVE THE BEST TASTE. The nine posts (nine to celebrate our nine years in the webosphere, obviously!) you read the most on FBG are everything we love about you and what you’re into: embracing your awesomeness in and out of the gym, knowing you’re more than the number on the scale, and taking your health seriously — but never taking yourself too seriously. You guys are our shereos, yo.

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treadmill workouts

half marathon

flu

What was YOUR favorite post from FBG in the past year? —Jenn



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Wednesday Giveaway: Fit Goodies to Pimp Your Home Gym (and Life!)

On Monday we announced we were giving away a StandDesk. On Tuesday, it was a full outfit (including shoes!) from Brooks Running. So what could today be??? via GIPHY How about a whole host of goodies from ProSource that will not only pimp out your home gym to make it fantastically awesome, but also make […]


On Monday we announced we were giving away a StandDesk. On Tuesday, it was a full outfit (including shoes!) from Brooks Running. So what could today be???

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How about a whole host of goodies from ProSource that will not only pimp out your home gym to make it fantastically awesome, but also make your whole life fitter?

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Just check. this. out.

What You Can Win & How to Enter

This giveaway is being hosted on Rafflecopter. See below on all the ways you can enter this HUGE giveaway! This one closes on May 20, so get to entering now!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Which one of those are you most pumped about? SO many cool things! —Jenn



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The 9-9-9 Workout

They say it’s your birthday … via GIPHY Number 9 … Number 9 … via GIPHY Beatles fans, get the hints? In case you missed it, we’re celebrating our nine-year birthday this week! (You can see all the special posts here including — yes! — AWESOME giveaways.) And, of course, we’re going to celebrate with […]


They say it’s your birthday

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Number 9 … Number 9

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Beatles fans, get the hints? In case you missed it, we’re celebrating our nine-year birthday this week! (You can see all the special posts here including — yes! — AWESOME giveaways.) And, of course, we’re going to celebrate with you in the best way we know how: a killer workout. A workout that’s all based on the number — you guessed it — 9.

Here’s the basic idea: 9 moves. 9 reps. 9 rounds. Whether you’re an exercise newbie or been working out like a beast for years, you can do this workout and take it as fast or as slow as you need to (and, of course, modifying as necessary, too — taking high-impact moves to low-impact, push-ups from the knees, walking instead of jumping back for the burpees, etc.). It’s full-body and bodyweight only, so it’s a great one to do at home, when traveling, at the park — wherever!

Be sure to warm up with five minutes or so of marching or jogging in place and cool down with some stretching and more walking once you’re done.


The 9-9-9 Workout

9 moves, 9 reps, 9 rounds

  1. Jacks
  2. Squats
  3. Mountain Climbers
  4. Lunges
  5. Burpees
  6. Sit-Ups
  7. Push-Ups
  8. Plyo Jumps
  9. High Knees

How fast did you do it? And when are you going to do it again to try to beat your time? —Jenn



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