Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MealEnders Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of MealEnders?  I hadn't until recently.  As a Fit Approach-Sweat Pink Ambassador I was asked to try these out, and tell you what I think about them.  I also get to give some away!  How fun is that?

I received four bags of MealEnders.  Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Citrus and Mocha.  At first I really questioned this product simply by the name "MealEnders"  I am not a fan of any "diet" "fad" "supplement" at all!  Before trying the product I read up on it and found out some really good things! 

~MealEnders are stimulant-free
~MealEnders have only 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories
~MealEnders are Drug free, Kosher free, Gluten free and Herb free

This made me feel much better about trying the product!

As I share more, note that all opinions are my own.  I was not paid for this review.

I am a house-cleaner and a runner. I am often on-the-go! I started taking the lozenges with me to work, and have one in-between houses or if I get a little hungry. I really enjoy having these available when it's not quite time to eat yet.  My favorite flavor is Mocha.  I also tried Citrus, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Mint. I don't recommend storing them in your jean pockets.  The outer layer will melt.  My purse or my van worked better for having them on hand while out of the house. 

I really like how MealEnders has two layers or "components."  The first is a sweet, outer layer.  It reminded me of chocolate.  I would call it, the feel good layer!  It melts in your mouth and tastes wonderful.  As that melts away, you come to the center.  As it dissolves in your mouth you start to feel a tingle.  It makes you feel like your really getting a special "treat." 

Do MealEnders work?  I say, yes to that one!  They worked for me because they helped keep my mind off "food" when I wasn't really hungry.   They helped me not to overeat in between meals.  I think the way the layers work together make it work. I felt as if I was getting a treat too.

Why MealEnders Work (facts):
~Duo-Sensory Taste System;  Active-taste formula deliciously rewards & resets taste buds, freeing you from the temptation to overindulge.
~Engages Brain + Body;  Relies on behavioral and sensory science to cue the end of eating.
~Fits into Everyday Life;  Integrates easily into your existing routine, helping you learn healthy portion control in a sustainable way.   

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Review and Giveaway

     As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I was asked to sample  Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and write a review!  I love trying new healthy foods so I was happy to say "yes" to this one! All opinions are my own.  I was not paid.  A free sample will be sent to one lucky reader.  Enter at the end of this blog!
I tried the Hemp Hearts on a lot of my normal favorite foods.  They can be added to just about anything.  They are also good just to eat out of your hand!  They have a nutty taste to them. 
Some facts about
 Hemp Hearts!
~They tastes Great!
~Easy to Use, sprinkle on anything!
~Nutritious! 10 grams of protein and
 10 grams of omegas per 10 gram serving! WOW!
~They are raw

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Upcoming Luckython 2015

This years Uberthons Luckython will be head again at
4805 SW 229th Ave, Aloha, Oregon 97007
on Saturday March 14th

Events include a 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, 15k Relay, a Kidathon, and Kids 1-Mile run

The Event will start at 8:30 am this year for the 5k, 10k, 15k and 15k Relay
At 9:00 am the Potato Bar will open.  It's open to all participants. You may purchase extra tickets to the potato bar when you register.
At 10:30 am the Kidathon and Kids 1-Miler will start. 
Don't delay registering for this fun run, price goes up March 1st!  
Register here for the 5k, $30, March 1st, $35.  
10k, $35, March 1st $40.  
15k, $40, March 1st $45. 
 15k Relay, $30, March 1st $35.

         Kids mile run is $10 (for ages 12 and under, your child will                                                         receive a medal) 
    The Kidathon Non-timed run is free~You may purchase a medal 
                                           for $10.00

       Uberthons uses Jaguar Timing for chip timing for this event. 
There will be a water and a Gatorade station out on the course and 
    at the finish line.  Everyone will pass the aid station every 1.55 
miles running/walking the 5k, 10k 15k or Relay.  Feel free to bring
    your little ones in strollers.  You will just be asked to start in the 
       back.  Please leave dogs home for this race.  No dogs will be 

     I have run this race the last couple years.  I always bring friends
  and we have a blast.  It's a very fun atmosphere with great food at 
   the end.  Uberthons also has really cool medals.  They will be 
          handed out to all finishers!

Tonya and me having a blast, Luckython '14

These are some fun 
times from last year! 
 Hope to see you this 
year on March 14th!

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See you on the 14th!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Run Your Tutu Off 2015

Stacy, Erika, Lucy and me
Saturday February 21st I headed to Chrystal Lake Park in Corvallis OR to run "Run your tutu off 5k"
I got to the park at 9:30 to meet my friends.  We went and got our running bibs and still had time to go back to our cars to get rid of jackets/etc.  I was really glad parking was so close.  

Shortly after 10:00 we lined up on the paved walking path to hear instructions and get started.  There were men, women, walkers, runners, children and doggies all dressed in colorful tutu's ready to get moving. My friend brought her little Boston Lucy.  Lucy was the cutest little thing out there!  Lucy even won a trophy and was the first dog to cross the finish line!  She is a master dog runner!!!!

Lucy the winner!
We were off, along with 105 other walker/runners.  My friend Erica and I ran together with Lucy the dog.  We started about half way back into the pack.  We should of started up front.  We had to make our way around walkers.  I know better than this, but forgot to get up towards the front this day.

We ran on a smooth paved path the whole 3.1 miles.  We ran along part of the Willamette River.  It was a chilly but sunny beautiful Oregon morning.  Perfect running weather. There were people along the course holding signs, cheering us on as we ran by.  

About mile 1.5 or 2 we came to some rolling hills.  At the top of the last hill was a water station and the turn-a-round.  The turn-a-round was a little over half way.  I loved turning around.  We got to see all the other runners, walkers and doggies go by.  It was a fun atmosphere. 

The finish line was about a quarter mile from where we started from.  We got a little cool down walk back to the vendor/registration area.  It was nice and relaxing at this park so I didn't mind at all.  
Goody Bags for everyone

We were handed a goody bag and checked to see if our bib number won any prizes.  There were prizes like gift cards to sports authority.  There were some prize trophies too.  They were handmade and super cute.

Doggy Treat Station 
 Erika gave Lucy a dog treat from the doggie station.  We went over to the Zoup table for free samples of three different kinds of delicious soups.  We got a bowl of whatever kind we liked best.  There was also a table with bagels, bananas and blueberries.  Dutch Bros had some drinks available too.  

Emily did a fantastic job making this a fun event to come walk, or run with friends.  I like that anyone could do this one.  Men, women, children, doggies, walk or run!  Everyone was welcome!

It was held on Saturday February 21st at Chrystal Lake Park in Corvallis OR. at 10:00 am

Next year mark your calender for the third Saturday in February.  This event will most likely be held at the same spot.

Adults $25.00
Children $10.00
Children under 5 were free
Registration was available on line before the race, and the morning of the race from 9:00-9:45 am

$1900 was raised and went to benefit the Benton Furniture Share.

I recommend this race for 2016 if your looking for a very fun 5k to run or walk with a friend or your dog!  I had a blast running with my friends and I know they feel the same way.  

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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Roaring Run at Roaring River, Half Marathon Review 1/31/2015

Erika, Emily, and me (Julie)
The Roaring Run at Roaring River was held this year on Saturday January 31st at Roaring River Country Park, Scio, OR

They offered a Half Marathon, a 10k and a 5k.  

The half marathon started at 9:00 am or you could chose to start at 8:30 (early start).  
The Half started off at $30 if you registered by Dec 1st and gradually went up to $50.00 day of race.

The 10k started at 9:30 am.  It was $25 and went up to $45 if you waited till race day to register.

The 5k started at 10:00 and was $20.  It went up to $40 if you waited till race day.

There was special pricing for youth ages 7-18.  Any event started at only $7 (before Dec 1st) and went up to $30 the day of the race. 

Eric won 3rd in the 10k
Awards were promptly at 11:00 am.  There were age group winners who received 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons.  There were fun prizes given out if your bib number was on a mile marker or if you guess the "theme" of the music playing at each mile maker.  The theme was "weather."  Whoever guessed got put into a drawing and a winner was picked.  They won an I pod shuffle.   My friends bib number was out on a mile maker.  They were giving out t-shirts but didn't have her size.  She ended up with a entry for next years race....nice, very very nice!!!!

The course was chip timed and the Half Marathon Course was USTF certified!

There was limited parking at the park so they offered parking at Lacomb School.  At least two buses were going back and forth (every 15 mins) before and after the race.  I parked at the school and road the shuttle to the park.  It was very cold that morning and the bus was nice and warm!

A bag check was offered near the finish line.

All finishers received a finishers medal and got to enjoy Dutch Bros. chocolate milk, a hot potato bar, orange slices and bagels. 

A big fire was burning keeping us cold runners warm after the race. 


My side of the race!
It was a very cold foggy morning.  It was colder than I expected it to be but I run better in colder weather, so maybe that's a plus!  My husband and I both were going to run the half marathon.  We parked at the school and rode the shuttle over to the park.  Our friends got there early and parked in the park.  The shuttle bus ride was a few miles.  We were dropped off in time to use the port a potties before taking off.
 Packet pick up was going on over near the finish line.  My friends had already picked up our packet, so we were good to go!  
9:00 am came quickly.  My friends Erika, John and Emily were also running the half with Jerry (my husband) and I.  
Eric was running the 10k a half hour later so he took all our extra layers back to the car before he started at 10.  It was so cold the tips of my toes felt frozen.
As soon as we started running I forgot about my cold toes.  We started on Fish Hatchery Road.  It was calm and beautiful.  We ran about 3/4 of a mile out, then ran back to where we started.  Then kept going out from there.  It was a very large loop course.  I was worried the short out-and-back may get congested but it didn't at all.  The road was plenty wide.  As the other runners went by I looked for my friends and gave them all a thumbs up!  We were just getting started!!!
I planned on using this race as a faster "tempo" run.  I wanted to hold a 8:00-8:10 pace for the first 10 miles, then see how the last 3.1 miles goes when I get there!  There was a few inclines in the road but I was doing well.  My pace was under an 8:00 and I was feeling pretty good.  
About mile 4 there was a water station.  I chose not to stop for water.  I ran on wondering how long I could keep up this pace.  
About mile 7 we turned onto Richardson Gap Road.  I felt like there was a slight headwind on the road and I also felt like the elevation was starting to go up.  In other words, it was starting to feel hard to keep up my tempo pace.  
It was very foggy but that didn't bother me.  I just took it mile by mile.  Looking for my bib number at every mile marker to see if I won a prize.  It was how I kept my brain busy out there all alone.  I didn't have anyone close with me this time to pace with.  I will typically pick a person or two to pace with during half marathons, but the others were too far ahead or behind for that to work this time.
I saw several farm animals out, even in the foggy coldness!  I just kept moving forward.  Finally I got to mile marker 10.  My tempo run was done.  Now I took a minute to talk to myself.  Was I going to speed up, slow down, or just maintain the pace into the finish line.  I had just over 3 miles left to go.  
Since it felt as if we were going uphill slightly, I decided maintaining was the best I could do at the moment.
About mile 11.5 or 12 I took my gloves off.  I needed some fresh air to finish strong (I know this sounds silly, but that's how I felt at the time).  Soon I saw Eric.  He has finished his 10k and was looking for his wife Erika.  He took my gloves and I found out he ran his best 10k ever (a PR for Eric)!!!  He ran on to find Erika.  It was just the boost I needed to finish with a little more kick!  Seeing a friend on the course is such a nice thing when you are getting tired!
I went over a beautiful covered bride.  A school band was playing and the beat of the drums helped me speed up.  I was feeling really good!  
Then the last little hill came.  There was no more music, my friend was gone...just me and a line of parked cars and a hill!!!!  I could hear the announcer at the finish line.  Soon, I took a right into the park. There it was, the finish line!  Still very foggy and very cold, I was done!  I had just PRed by 3.5 minutes! My husband was waiting for me!
He got my jacket and we grabbed an orange and some water.  Off we went to look for Erika and John who were hoping to break 2 hrs today for the first time!  
I ran into Susan (another running friend) who had finished the half.  I always love seeing her at races!
Erika and John
Erika's Sub 2 hr Half Marathon!
Soon I saw Erika coming around the parking lot!  She was MOVING, but I couldn't see the clock to know if she was under 2 hrs or not!  
I headed to the finish line and sure enough, she made it, just under 2 hrs.  So did her brother John!  GREAT job you guys!

Waiting for awards!  I got a 2nd pace ribbon, whoot whoot!

Eating potatoes with friends! 
This is a race I would recommend for your 2016 race calender.  The price is affordable, its a fundraiser for Lebanon Cross Country team.  Its a great country course.  It's got a fun finisher atmosphere with fun prizes.  It even ends with a meal!  The hot potatoes and chili was a nice bonus!  This is already on my list for next year with my friends! Hope you can join us!

Race photos can be found here. 
Race results can be found here.

Follow me at ZaoFit. If your in the Dallas/Salem area, we often have free group long runs on the weekend.  

Happy Running! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Run your Tutu off 5k 2015

Join me for the 3rd annual Run your Tutu off 5k
 Saturday February 21, 2015!  
This will be my first time at this event. I am going with a fun group of friends.  I am ready to have a great time! Please join us!  If your from the Dallas/Salem area, you are welcome to join our car pool to the event.  Just e-mail me at jerrysgirlruns@gmail.com. 

Run your Tutu off 5k information:
Saturday 2/21/15
10:00 am 5k Starts
If you need to register the day of the event, that will be going on from 9:00-9:45 am.

Register for $25.00 (adults) and $10.00 (kids).  Children under 5 years of age will be free.
The funds raised at this event will go towards providing beds, pillows, sheets, and blanket sets to children within the community.
You can register online through 9:45 am on 2/21/15 here (adults) here (kids). 

Check out past years photos and more here.

Chrystal Lake Park-Corvallis
100 SE Fischer Lane.

This event is put on by Fitness By Emily to raise funds to benefit the Benton Furniture Share.  The 5k is designed for beginners to advanced runners and walkers. Come, have fun and help support a great cause!  Oh, and don't forget to wear a tutu (Men are welcome too!)  Lets have some FUN! 

If you would like to support this event but don't want to walk or run, you can volunteer before, during, or after the event.  Contact Michelle at 541-754-9511 for any questions you may have.

Hope to see you on the 21st! 

~Julie at ZaoFit

Friday, January 9, 2015

Uberthons NewYearathon 2015

I picked Uberthons NewYearathon to be my first race of 2015.  I love Uberthons events.  I rounded up several Dallas, OR area friends and we headed to the race on January 3rd.

Runners warming themselves with the
nice heaters.
The race was held at Cook Park in Tigard OR.  It was very easy to find and there was plenty of parking.  It was a cold morning.  We had picked up our race bibs the night before, but race day pick up was going on over near the starting line. There were two nice large warming heaters for runners and walkers to huddle around.  My friends and I headed off to find the restrooms and to get warmed up.  There were several restrooms all over the park.  I saw a few people I knew and got ready to start the race.

Jerry and me with our cool new bling!
First was the 1 mile warm up.  I was going to run this with my 10 year old but he didn't end up coming.  I watched two friends run this!  I was getting excited for the 5k.  I have never run a race this close to the beginning of the year.  Typically over November and December I am not in training so I'm not excited to race in January.  This year, I did a November running challenge and ended up stretching it to Christmas.  I felt I was in better shape this January and was excited to start the year with a good 5k!

The 5k started about 9 am.  Darwin from Uberthons let the kids come up front to start the race with a 30 second head start.  I love how Uberthons promotes active lifestyle for the whole family.  This race was chip timed so we took off in waves.  I left in the 3rd wave of runners.  It was pretty packed at first.  Some of the path was a little narrow.  It was a beautiful safe path through the park, mostly paved, partly trail.  Around mile two we had to go up and down a small but challenging hill.  The rest of the course was fairly flat.  Part of the course we came back around and could see other runners/walkers going out.  I like races where you can see other runners coming and going in all different pace groups.  

Eric and Erika after the race, great job!!!
As we came back into the main part of Cook Park we did a short out and back before coming into the finish line.  This was a fun part for me because I got to see all my friends who were in front of me and behind me!  So much fun!  I came into the finish line to start off my 2015 with a nice 5k PR!

After the race my friends and I went for a short cool down run and then got bananas and hot chocolate provided by Uberthons!  We were able to get a print up of our race times but had to wait to find out if we placed in our age group. Age group winners were announced after the kidathon race.  Alan from Uberthons lead the kids in a loop around the park.  It was really fun to watch!

My Husband ran a PR time today too! Great job Jerry!
Check out these AWESOME medals!

My friends and I had a wonderful morning running and hanging out at the Uberthons Newyearathon.  This is a race I would definitely run again.  It was a fairly fast course.  There was one small hill and several turns that made it not the fastest course.  I like that it was off road, in a park.  I like that it was family friendly but competitive if you want to race.  
Found more friends! Great job Sheila and Brittany! 
Newyearsathon was open to 400 people.  330 people finished the race. 
Uberthons offered a 1 mile race for $14 
5k for $22
Both the 1 mile and 5k for $25
Kidathon for FREE ($10 for a kids medal)

Something extra:  On my facebook page I have done two Uberthons I CAN DO THIS Challenge's.  My last challenge ended the end of December and one of the bonus challenges was signing up for an Uberthons race in 2015.  My winner, Betsy Seth was there, running the 1 mile and 5k.  I was able to present her with a Uberthons shirt after the race was over.  This was so much fun. I love how Uberthons encourages a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.

I highly recommend Uberthons races.  They are family friendly but also competitive.  Darwin, Alan and their crew are some of the best I have meet.  They put on quality fun events and do so much for the communities they work with.  Check out these upcoming races.  Most of them I will be at and look forward to seeing you!


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Happy Running!!!