Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Zola Coconut Water Review

Recently I have been given the opportunity to work with Zola and try some of their products I have been hearing rave reviews about. I have never been a fan of anything coconut. I have always disliked the scent and taste of anything coconut except when it came to lip balm. Even though I am not a fan of anything coconut I am still adventurous and love to try new things. This was NOT a characteristic trait that I have always had. I have possessed this attitude from my hubby.

Zola sent me a box with products beautifully wrapped in tissue. I was so excited to open it! 

Products came nicely wrapped with tissue paper.

I received 3 different kinds of Zola beverages:

*100% Natural Coconut Water
*100% Natural Coconut Water with Pulp
*Organic Acai Juice - Original

Also, included was a cute pair of neon green sunglasses. Did I rock the green glasses or what?! I'd like to think so!

Enjoying a drink on one of my outings at Ka'ena Point State Park.

I tried the natural coconut water (blue can) first. I thought it had a very pleasant light taste to it. I thought it would have a heavy coconut taste, but turns out that wasn't the case at all. I enjoyed the taste a little bit. It's not something I would drink on a regular basis though.

The Acai juice was the product I tried next and I must confess that I am not a fan of the juice. I have never tried acai juice before so I didn't know what to expect when tasting it for the first time. I didn't like the taste in my mouth or the texture of the juice. It left my mouth even more dry than it was before. I suffer from dry mouth on a regular basis from medications and other unknown reasons and certain things can make it worse for me. The coconut water actually gave me relief from dry mouth and throat, but the acai juice made it worse. I know acai juice has many health benefits, but it is not for me.

The last product I tried was the coconut water with pulp. I must say that this happens to be my favorite of all the products. I love the texture and taste. I love that it has a light taste along with the texture of the pulp. I love pulp in my drinks (especially orange juice). I could probably drink this product on a regular basis considering the fact that it helps my dry mouth. I don't like to drink my calories on a regular basis so I might drink it here and there.

Thank you Zola for the awesome products and cute sunglasses. I highly recommend this beverage brand to anyone who loves coconut and/or Acai beverages and even people who are not huge fans of coconut (I'm not and I liked it). Just a little tip though to anyone who suffers from dry mouth for whatever reason..... drink the acai juice with caution. The coconut water really helps with dry mouth!

Disclosure: I have received these products free for product review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 2013 Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

The Lean Green Bean

I have come across an awesome program called "Foodie Pen Pals". When I read more information about the program I was instantly drawn in. I thought it would be fun to do something I have never done before. I have come across so many amazing opportunities, communities, people, and programs such as Foodie Pen Pals since I started blogging. I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to meet other bloggers, form new friendships, connections, and try new foods I have never tried before or even thought about trying. I thought I'd give this program a try and participate.

How does it work: You get matched up with another person to send them a box of goodies with a $15 limit. You won't receive a box from the same person you are sending a box to. Someone else will be matched up to you to send you a box. I will post more information at the bottom of this post.

Now that you are a little more familiar, let's get to the fun stuff!!!!!

My very first Foodie Pen Pal box came from Alex at Alex Tries It Out. I loved everything I received! She hit the spot with the items she choose for me.  

Goodies I received 

  • All Natural Popchips - Barbeque Potato
  • Kind Fruit & Nut bar - Fruit and nut delight
  • Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters - Turtle Sundae
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk - Milk Chocolate
  • Cookies Premium Salsa - Mild
  • Ginos Steak Seasoning 

The Kind Fruit & Nut bar was pretty good. Even though I prefer other brands of granola bars, this one was still pretty yummy. I am in LOVE with the Ginos Steak Seasoning. I have been using it on all of the boneless skinless chicken I have been making lately. I am absolutely in LOVE with the Popchips!!!!! They make a great snack, for me anyways. Only 120 calories for 28g/about 20 chips, 4g of fat. I have not been able to try the coffee roasters yet so I really can't say too much about those. The chocolate was delish and my husband really loved the chocolate! The Cookies salsa made a nice touch to the nachos my husband and I made. Probably some of the best salsa I have tasted so far. My husband said, "I have never heard of Cookie's Salsa and where is she getting all this good stuff with low calories?!" Lol!! Anyways.... Thank you so much Alex for my box. I really enjoyed everything.

To find out who I sent a box to and what I included check out Lauren's blog!

Can't wait for next month's Foodie Pen Pals!

Are you interested in joining us for Foodie Penpals next month? Here are some more details:
  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
You can click on the banner at the top of this post for more info.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Are you Spartan tough? -Race announcement and giveaway-

In May 2014 I will be attempting my FIRST Spartan Race (the Spartan Sprint).

Reebok Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Their events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Spartan Race events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone!

Personally, I have not attended a race like this because I felt that I was not ready and tough enough to complete a race of this type, but I will be experiencing one soon!! I am super excited! Spartan Race wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as their events have a challenge for everyone’s needs. 

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint (which is the one I will be participating in), intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race. Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.


I am excited to announce that I have ONE free race entry for the Spartan Race to giveaway to one lucky reader/follower. I can't wait to see who wins the race entry and I also want that lucky fan to share their experience and pictures with me and I will feature you on my blog and Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough facebook page. I love my readers and followers and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be able to offer this giveaway to you.

CLICK HERE to enter the giveaway. There are rules so please make sure you read everything.

If you do not win the free entry, don't worry. I have a code for 15% off of your registration fee! Just enter the code on this link http://bit.ly/spartanwarrior

I will see you at the Spartan Race my Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough Spartan warriors!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Get down with the sickness....

When it comes to my weight loss, life has been throwing me a lot of curve balls lately, but I am not breaking down and taking a few days off like I had planned. As of late I have been feeling all kinds of sick due to my medications. The side effects are pretty bad, but I have not let that get in the way of getting my workouts done. I may half ass some of them during the days I feel like crap, but at least I am still doing something instead of nothing at all. I have not had much of an appetite lately so I have been eating very little, but still eating seeing as how it's pretty important and skipping meals is not an option. With everything I eat making me sick I have been eating like a bird lately. I am really proud of myself that I continue to stay strong with all that is going on and still getting things done! I have been feeling extremely nauseous as well and during workouts it's even worse so when I am feeling that way I slow it down and let it pass before I pick up the pace.

I ask myself this question often!

On another note... I kept telling myself not too long ago that I would NOT own a scale for various reasons. I figured there was no point in owning one because I had frequent visits with my neurologist every month or so and had a routine weighing. Well........ I ended up buying a scale a few days ago. My appointments have slowed down and are less frequent currently and I am on meds which can cause weight changes and in my case I hope weight loss instead of weight gain. So I need to monitor my weight for changes other than weight loss. Sooo.... this is my current weight (pictured below) and I have lost 25 lbs so far. I plan to continue weighing myself once a month. I am not hung up on scale numbers. Its the measurements that count!!! Especially in the beginning! Weighing myself once a month is good enough for me!

25 lbs lighter! YES!!!!
Hubby was out of work all last week with a virus and it was making me lethargic. I am pretty sure my neurological symptoms are acting up and playing a role in it as well. However, it's usually not this bad when he is at work and I am home alone. I had to push myself to workout and push myself through the workouts. All in all.... last week and this week has been tough for me when it comes to having the motivation to workout. Motivation or no motivation... the workouts have to get done and if I can help it and I am still physically able to move around without any MAJOR issues then there is no excuse. Even when I do not want to workout, I still love it and its an addiction I am happy to have.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sweat Pink Ambassador

I am so ecstatic to announce that I have been accepted as a Sweat Pink Ambassador! What is a Sweat Pink Ambassador, you ask? A Sweat Pink Ambassador is someone who inspires others on their journey to fit and health. Sweat Pink Ambassadors are an awesome group of ladies who encourage and push others to be all they can be. They are passionate and enthusiastic about helping others on their journey, health, fitness, what they do and who they are. They play hard and train even harder!

I am very excited about this opportunity and extremely grateful to be apart of such an awesome kick ass group of ladies who work hard everyday to not only better themselves, but inspire others in the process. When I think about why I started my journey and the lifestyle in the first place I never thought that I would find myself putting myself out there through a blog and a facebook page for the world to see... especially seeing as how I suffer and deal with a condition called Social Anxiety Disorder and also deal with generalized anxiety and the fact that I don't like any kind of attention put on myself and feel embarrassed when it is. I feel that doing this actually helps just a little bit with my anxiety and it also makes me feel that I can do anything I put my mind to.

I never thought about all of the opportunities that could come knocking on my door when I started this and all the amazing people that I have met and have yet to meet throughout this journey of being a health and fitness nut and most importantly, a runner! I have never been one to hate running, but I have never been one to love running up until recently. Being a runner was another important reason why I started this journey and lifestyle. I love seeing where a beautiful trail/running path will take me, the feeling of putting on running shoes and lacing up, the races, the challenges... I love the feeling of setting goals and accomplishing those goals and having something to show for it is always a plus in my book.

I love inspiring others; I have no problem opening up about some things to others that are willing to listen, but don't get me wrong... I am by no means an open book and there are things that are hard for me to open up and talk about. I have battled with depression on and off pretty much my whole life, always struggling with my weight among many other issues and finding the motivation to continue living my life. I wanted to share my journey, story, joys, struggles, what I have learned and what works for me with others because the very first question people are asked is, "How did you do it?"... also, "Why did you do it?". If I can help even just one person and inspire them to make a change while making a change myself then I feel that I will be successful in what I am doing and one of the many things I am hoping to accomplish on my way to fit. I am an advocate. It's part of who I am. I love speaking out and standing up for causes that are important to me especially if it's something that hits close to home. I work hard, play hard, train even harder, and I sweat pink. I am #SweatPink.

To read more about my story (which will be posted by Fit Approach and featured on May 13th) you can visit


Monday, April 22, 2013

Stars and Sparks Summer Virtual Race - Registration is now open

I am hosting my first ever virtual race and I am very excited about the race and the benefiting charity because it hits very close to home. I hope you all are as excited as I am!! I am happy to announce that registration is now open and we are currently accepting registrations. For more information about the race and medal check out the virtual race tab.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Recap: Walk MS Honolulu 2013

My husband and I decided to do the WALK MS event this year because this hits very close to home for us. I would rather not get into a lot of details at the moment, but I will say that recently MS has affected our lives and family in more ways than we could have ever imagined and will continue to do so. Our fundraising goal was $100 and we... well... mainly my husband managed to raise $200. At first I had no ideas about how to fundraise other than just asking for donations. Since, I have discovered many fun ways of fundraising and I can promise that I will do a lot better when it comes to fundraising in the future. With only asking for donations, I felt that we didn't do too bad of a job with our fundraising total.The event was nice. Although I did run into a few problems. Finding the entrance to enter the event was annoying as we had to drive around the stadium twice to find the entrance. The event was held early in the morning as they know that heat affects those with MS. My husband and I checked in and went to the locker room for breakfast. Afterwards we ventured outside onto the stadium to a crowd on the other side doing zumba. By then the sun was rising higher into the sky making it very warm and uncomfortable.
We walked our mile (4 times around the track) and little did I know that sweat was showing through my gray capris! Oooopps!! My hubby claimed that nobody had seen the huge spot on my behind. So we stopped by a few sponsor tables and then we left. My hubby was a little sad because we were told medals would be distributed at this year's event, but nobody received medals and when I asked why I was told that the medal company had screwed up the order and sent them keychains instead. Hubby says this medal was going to be special to him so that made me a little sad. I told him there is always next year and we will be fundraising and participating in the Chicago event. Hawaii's event was laid back as I had expected it to be because it's Hawaii. Still fun nonetheless!