Biggest Giveaway EVER!

You guys will never believe it. Not only do I have another FREE RACE ENTRY for a Spartan race to give away… they’re also giving you a chance to win the trip of a lifetime!

But more on that later. First, did you know that Spartan Races are getting more and more popular? Did you know they have at TV show on NBC Sports featuring the races themselves? The final episode will cover the World Championship race in Killington, VT this Sept 20th.


And then, if that’s not enough… this is something I am *REALLY* excited about. Really, really, really. 

“Sand, surf and obstacles await you on this one of a kind Spartan adventure. Join fellow Spartans March 6-9, 2015 when you’ll be taken on a cruise liner from the Port of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for a first of it’s kind Spartan Sprint! Can you say, “Best. Vacation. EVER!?”

That’s right. A BAHAMAS CRUISE, complete with a Spartan race. Can you even? Here’s the details of the trip if you just can’t wait to see if you win the lottery and want to sign up to go anyway:

So here’s what you have to do to enter these two giveaways.

 #1: to enter to win the cruise giveaway (for 2 including airfare and the cruise out of Miami (US residents only)), click here and enter your information into the form.

#2: to enter to win a FREE RACE ENTRY, simply comment on this blog post and tell me what your favorite sport is. To play, to watch, or both! 

I will draw the free race entry winner next Friday, August 22. Good luck!


Spartan Up!

The guy behind the Spartan races wrote a book!

It got a great review from one of my heroes, Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author of Ultra Marathon Man): “If there’s anyone out there who has taken extreme to a new level, its Joe De Sena – in adventure racing, in business, and ultimately in the business of adventure. Spartan Up! is a must-read.”

Spartan Up! is more than an insider’s view of the world of obstacle racing –it’s a manual for the Spartan way of life, including:

■ Finding the will to succeed: The first half of a race you run with your legs; the second half you run with your mind. Turn your pain into an outboard motor to drive you forward.

■ Tossing your cookies: The Cookie Test can teach you how to overcome the need for immediate gratification and help you prosper in the long term.

■ Getting Spartan fit: Survival of the Fittest means training outside the gym for strength, endurance and flexibility for your entire body—and don’t forget those burpees!

■ Moving mountains: Whether metaphorical mountains or the ones on which Spartans race, what you think of as your limitations can actually be a mere starting point for transformation.

I can’t wait to get my copy — order yours today!

Kiss Looks So Natural false lashes

I was provided a set of KISS lashes from Influenster to review on my blog. I’ve never used false lashes before, so I knew this would be fun!


I enlisted the help of my friend to out them on, which is good — I don’t think I could have done it myself! I’m not talented at makeup, so this was definitely something I needed assistance with.

[applying the glue]

[putting them on]

Each eye needed two tries at application, to get them close enough to the lash line. Once on, from above you could see that they were fake, but straight on they looked really natural.



I then put on makeup and wore them to the Oscar party I attended. Not one person noticed they were fake! Also a BIG plus was that I didn’t feel them at all once the glue had dried!

The inner corners of my eyes were not very secure, however. By the end of the evening, they were lifting (and I swear I never rubbed them!)


[end of the night eyes]

Overall, I thought they were a great product and I would try them again for a special occasion — adding more glue on the inner corners!

Red Rose Tea

Something calorie-free to curb those cravings and give you a caffeine boost mid afternoon? Tea!

I tried out some “Simply Indulgent” Red Rose Tea in Creme Caramel this afternoon.


It was a strong black tea, but yet was swet enough/sophisticated enough flavor that I was able to drink it plain! No cream in my cup!

I also got a decaffeinated Lemon Chiffon Flavor to try in the evening. This is a tea I would definitely spend my own money on.

*I was provided 4 tea packets free from for testing and review purposes.

Mobile posting

I put the wordpress app on my phone! Maybe that will help me with posting. But probably not.

So here’s the thing. I had that thyroid surgery. And then I just kept getting bigger. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do. It’s now hard to do any type of exercise. I ran a leg in the CIM relay like I’ve done many times, and I was limping for a week afterward. This is NOT me. This isn’t right. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I don’t have health insurance yet, but I will soon. It starts Jan 1st and I have an appointment Jan 6th for a full physical, thyroid eval and bloodwork, all of it.

In the meantime, I paid out of picket for some thyroid labs, and my previous doctor did let me refill my Levothyroxine and Cytomel prescriptions.

Here are my labs:

However…I know something’s not right. Not just the weight gain…I sleep 10 hours and can barely get up, I’m freezing half the time, I’m living life like a slug!

And I don’t like it one bit.


Spartan Giveaway #2 winner!

Sorry that took an extra week folks – out of town, sick, all the excuses. I just remembered to run the random number generator and we have a winner!




Look for an email from me with the code to enter your Spartan race of choice. 

Thanks for entering, everyone!

Spartan Race Giveaway #2!

And now for a totally different topic. I have some amazing news to share – Spartan Race has partnered with NBC Sports to bring obstacle racing to television. NBC will be filming 8 professional athletes and 4 everyday Spartans at the Spartan Race World Championships in Killington, Vermont next month on September 21st for a 90 minute TV special.

Spartan Race has launched a Get On TV campaign in which people will submit a story about how training and racing in a Spartan Race has transformed their life for a chance to be featured on this special.

So, I’ve got another Spartan Race code to give away! Just like in this post, the rules are simple.

Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Share the link to this blog post on your social media of choice (facebook, twitter, pinterest, anything goes)

2. Comment back here to tell me where you shared the link.

3. Tell me which Spartan Race event you would enter if you won.

BONUS ENTRY: LIKE Spartan Races on Facebook and leave me a second comment saying you did so.

I’ll be away for the weekend, so I’ll pick the winner next Thursday, Sept 5th. See you then!

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