Five Fitness Faves & a Bondi Band Giveaway!

by agirlandhermutt on June 13, 2014

Hi there! Guess who doesn’t suck at swimming?! This girl! I finished up my 3rd week of classes last night and I’m pleased as punch at how well I am doing. I’m still swallowing a lot of water, but I’m getting better at not choking every single time I do that. Tips are welcome!

On the fitness front, I declared on Instagram earlier in the week that I would hit my goal of 150 miles for the Tone It Up #150bySummer BY THE END OF THE WEEK! I’m so close and only have 13 miles to go before Sunday night. Eek! I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday, but cheer me on virtually, ok?!

In other news, it is Friday and I love alliteration.


Friday Faves: Five Fun Fitness Finds! <—That has to be a record of some sort. Right?!

1. MyBand iPhone Armband

I was looking for something to wear on my forearm when I’m at the gym so that I could look at whatever workout routine I had for that day. The typical armbands that go around your bicep bothered me and were too far up for me to look at repeatedly. While this sucker isn’t the prettiest, it works and allows me to just save whatever PDF, word document, etc in Dropbox and then access from my phone. Perfect for strength training workouts and Tone It Up workouts.


2. FitPlusWear Sound Solution Capris

The folks at FitPlusWear sent me a pair of their capris to review. When I first put them on I was a bit skeptical because I typically only wear two different kinds of capris. Old Navy and Lululemon. Old Navy to workout in and Lululemon for yoga and everything else. I slipped on these capris and I my first impression was “whoa…these are tight”. Not gonna lie, my big butt could have used a XL. Typically I wear a L in almost everything.

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Despite my big butt problem, I really loved these capris! The “moisture wicking and antimicrobial slimming compression” fabric is nice, thick and sturdy. And it has a pocket! A POCKET! A “sweat-proof, bounce proof, fall proof pocket”!

(You are now looking at my whitest of white hip!)

When I’m running or on the elliptical, I hate wearing the above armband. I get way too sweaty to have things on my arms. These pants are perfect because I can just slip my phone in my pocket (with my ridiculous octopus case and all!) and not worry about it one bit. It doesn’t jiggle around and stays exactly where it should. Bonus…it doesn’t get all sweaty like it does when I hold it in my hand or in my bra. This pocket is the perfect workout pocket!

I haven’t worn these babies for long, but I have washed them a few times and the compression hasn’t faded. They kept their shape perfectly! I also really like that they are a bit higher waisted so I don’t feel like my butt is hanging out for everyone to see. Thankyouverymuch.

Definitely check out FitPlusWear and use the code 2HE90CGR5Y4U for 20% off any of the Fit Plus Wear clothing!

Oh, and here is an outtake photo. I have no idea what I was trying to do, but it cracks me up. Top Model here I come.


3. Asics Gel-Kayano 19

If you see me doing any high-impact activity like running, intense cardio or you know, laid out in the airport reading a magazing…I’m wearing my Asics.

I am a little late to the sneaker game. I’ve been going on looks for just about forever. If they looked cute, I bought them. However, after my most recent bout of plantar fasciitis I knew I had to switch it up. After a lot of investigation and a visit to a running shoe store, I am an Asics fan. I would have NEVER thought to look at Asics but I can tell ya…these suckers are just perfect. Fun Fact: I have overpronation (rolling in of the foot). Always the over-achiever! 😉

I know the Asics Gel-Kayano 20s are out already, but I’m not sneaker savvy enough to know the difference just quiet yet. Anyone else a fan?!


4. FitBit Zip

I’m a fan of fitness trackers. I used to wear my Nike FuelBand all of the time, but I can’t get it to keep a charge for longer than a few hours now. A few months back I decided to get a little FitBit Zip so I could have something that linked to MyFitnessPal and just give me the basics on how many steps I was doing.


I wear it all of the time! It is super discreet on the strap of my bra and I don’t have to worry about it matching my outfit like the armband. The minute I get home I take all my jewelry off and have made removing the FitBit part of that process. It is a little bitty guy so you can easily forget about it and just accidentally wash it. Don’t do that though. Ok?

I love to check in throughout the day to see how I am doing. I can also connect with friends who are also FitBit users on the FitBit site for some friendly competition. 😉

FitBit has a great app that shows all kinds of fun data and it links to MyFitnessPal seamlessly. Awesome little product for half of the price of the armband! If you aren’t into the wristbands, definitely give this little baby a look.


5. Bondi Bands

We all know I love a good headband. This hair has to be tamed! I also have a huge head so a lot of bands really put way too much pressure on my head and give me a headache quickly. Bondi Bands are the perfect solution to that problem.

They have all kinds of great colors, styles, sayings, etc to fit any type of workout and personality. They also have a variety of products like arm bands, skinny headbands, hair ties and wristbands.

I like wearing mine under my bike helmet to keep my hair from freaking out from all the friction and it helps minimize the sweat on my forehead because of the wicking fabric.

(Seriously. How cute is that little headband?!)

I’ve been rockin’ the Bondi Band since 2010 (see my first post here!) and it is one of my go-to solutions for keeping my hair out of my face when I’m sweating. It is light-weight and is super easy to wash with my workout clothes.

Just in case a really non-sweaty head and non-helmet hair aren’t enough to convince you that Bondi Bands are worth a try, they also give to charity.

Each year they pick a charity to donate 10% of their pretax profits. This year they have chosen Dana-Farber Cancer Institute located right here in Boston. YAY!

When I got back from Florida I had a package from Bondi Band waiting for me. They sent me a few more headbands to try out and I’m still in LOVE. They also sent me a few to do a giveaway with too! Boom.

Here are the two bands I’m giving away:

I’m trying out the whole Rafflecopter thing for this giveaway for the very first time. Eek! If you have any problems, let me know. And also let me know how to fix it. 😉 Kidding…kind of.

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Want your BondiBand now?! Use coupon code SWEATPINK at check out through June 28th for 10% off all items. (Does not apply to Bargain Bin, Design Your Own, or Custom Items).


Have a great Friday everyone! I’m looking forward to getting my miles in. See ya Monday for an update!




[Just a note: I was given three Bondi Bands to review through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship. I was also given the FitPlusWear capris to try out. I only review items I think readers might be interested in and you can always expect that I will give my honest thoughts and opinions As always, those thoughts and opinions are all my own. Armband, sneakers and FitBit were all purchased with my hard earned money.]


Catching Up

by agirlandhermutt on April 8, 2014

Hello there! These past few weeks have been NUTS. For the first time in what seems like forever I can take a deep breath and just relax. Over the past month I have been traveling (Joplin and Atlanta!), moving and of course, trying to keep up my workouts while surviving work. With a few weeks of nothing major on the calendar, it is time to get to business getting my life in order.

First…Boston locals, be sure to check out my giveaway for a JustAddCooking 3-meal box!

Next…Let’s have a quick chat about all those shenanigans I mentioned above.


A few weeks ago I flew out to Joplin, Missouri to meet up with my Dad to visit my Grandma.

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Flights are good for reading all the magazines that I buy and NEVER read when I’m at home. I also got new sneakers. LOVE THEM.

We like to fly into Springfield and drive from there. The airport there is just a bit busier. *sarcasm*

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The main purpose of the trip was to spend time with my Grandma, which we did a lot! But I also got to spend some quality time with my Dad. There is no one that can make my Dad laugh like me and vice versa. My Mom and BF do a lot of eye rolling when we are together.IMG_2860

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While in Joplin we also got a chance to check out how much they have rebuilt since the devastating tornado in 2011. The tornado killed 158 people and caused about $2.8 billion in damages. I’m so impressed by how many new buildings, parks, businesses and such have been repaired and/or opened since then. This picture was the sight of the church that my parents and I attended when in town. The cross and the priest who had taken shelter in a bathtub were literally the only thing standing after the storm. The church has since rebuilt on a new site, but this incredible reminder is still there.

Obviously I did a little indulinge (see drink photo above) while I was away, I also got sweaty in the hotel gym. I did a few HIIT workouts and lifted some weights. I love a good hotel gym!
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I came home from that trip to the final push for my move out of my apartment. This just wasn’t moving though. I was purging. The amount of garbage that came out of my house was unreal.


I lived in my apartment for 5 years. Everything about that apartment was perfect for me. However, when we decided that it was time for me to leave it also felt like it was the right time to go. Just like people serve a purpose in your life, this apartment served a purpose in mine. I lived on my own. I grew up (a little).

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I’m all moved into my new place with my permanent roommate (the fiancé!) and trying to resist the urge to just throw every box I brought with me away. I hate unpacking almost as much as I hate packing.

So what do you do when you are stressed from moving?! You work out more. I tried all kinds of workouts the week of the move thanks to my ClassPass (more on that later this week!), but the actual day after my move I was booking it over to Chestnut Hill for my VERY FIRST SOULCYCLE class with the Boston Bloggers!


I’m going to try out another class before I give it a full review. Stay tuned!

I had one week at the new place before hopping on another plane. During that week I did the Tone It Up 5 Day Slim Down. Nothing crazy, just getting my food back in order.


Random purchases over the week to make me feel better and less stressed included:

Athleta Purple Pants that I have no business wearing but I am absolutely in love with.

A manicure that included a little bling for my bling finger.

And a phone case that is in no way indicative of my age or maturity level. SHINY!

After a week of living in boxes and attempting to get my life back in order, it was time to fly down to Atlanta for my buddy, Allison’s, wedding.

There was food!

Grilled Chicken Salad at Tap

Chickpea Cake with eggs & grits at The Porter. GRITS!!!!

There was drink!
Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt and Fu Manbrew

There was laying around in the sun.
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There was working out.
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There was thrift shop looking. Not buying. I’m not good at thrift shop buying. IMG_3314

And there was lots of love…wedding style!
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Congrats Allison & Kevin!
Seriously. Wasn’t she just the best lookin’ bride?!


And that is that! Back to the real world, unpacking and the gym. See ya soon!

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Giveaway: Just Add Cooking Box!

by agirlandhermutt on April 3, 2014

Hi folks! Yesterday I talked about the great experience I had with the Just Add Cooking meal boxes for 2. (Psst…Use code SPRINGBLOG to get $20 off your first order!)

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Well, now is the chance for one of you lucky Boston readers to try Just Add Cooking yourself!

It has been a while since I’ve done a giveaway. It feels good! Ready?

Giveaway: One person will win a 2-person, 3-meal box worth $79. You will be able to select your choices of recipes that are available the week you get your delivery.

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How to win a 3-Meal Just Add Cooking box:

*You MUST be a first time customer of Just Add Cooking.

*Create an account for Just Add Cooking here. Signing up does NOT require you to buy anything. It just sets up an account and allows you to view the menus. It is about a two-minute process; entrants can do this by clicking “GetCooking” at the top right of the site.

*Leave a comment here saying that you signed up and which meal looks the best to you!

For an additional chance to win:

* Tweet the following: Giveaway and Discount code from @addcooking! Check it out here  #justaddcooking

Entries will be accepted until midnight Wednesday, April 9th.