Bon Voyage… I’m off to Fitcation!

Hello everybody! Here we are, one day before Friday! You’re almost there! I, on the otherhand, have been in blissfully happy “It’s my friday mode” all day, and as I’m writing this, it’s only Wednesday. Tomorrow I’m picking up my pal Simply Junebug and we’re off to beautiful Paso Robles, a lovely little wine town nestled in the coastal hills of San Luis Obispo, 230 miles north of Los Angeles. That area happens to be one of my very favorite places in California, as the husband and I have spent many weekends at the kitschy and totally amazing themed Madonna Inn, guzzling wine at the drive-in-theatre double feature, and exploring the salt water taffy shops along Avalon Beach.

Paso Robles, from Zillow.com

I’m excited for this blogging event because it’s less “conferency” with panels and such, and more “activity”, with winetasting, kayaking, hiking and even, my very favorite, olive oil tasting at places like Pasolivo. I’ve been pulling some crazy hours lately with last minute writing projects, so I’m looking forward to decompressing, tasting wines, meeting friendly new blogger faces, and enjoying awesome swag like FIT Protein Brownies from my homies at Lenny & Larry’sĀ  and Nux Vomica in-case I over-wine it, from Boiron USA.

Events like these help rank high on the reasons of why I love to blog. I had a meeting with a client last week, and I was surprised that they spent a large part of our meeting asking why I wasn’t doing this and that on my blog to make lots of money. I do make a little bit of money from this blog, and certainly enjoy bountiful swag and freebies from this site, but if someone asked the number one reason why I blog, it wouldn’t be to make money. First and foremost, I’m a writer, and writers write. It’s what we do, and I’d write even if no one read it. The fact that you’re here, reading, is just a major perk for which I’m infinitely grateful. THANKS šŸ™‚

Speaking of swag and freebies, We have a winner for the Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free Giveaway! Congratulations to KRISTINE! Thanks to everyone who entered, and watch for more giveaways soon.

There’s one last thing on my bloggy-to-d0-list — letting you know that I now have a snazzy badge! If you want to link up, just copy and paste the code to the right of this post (looks like the picture below) into your html widgets or body text on your website. Let me know if you do!

Also, here’s my confession. I have been super totally lazy about working out this week. As in, like almost no exercise at all. Eeeek. Not ok. However, I plan to make up for it with bootcamp, yoga, kayaking, hiking and crossfit this weekend. Thank goodness.

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I’m out! I’ll try to check in from the road this weekend and April might be around on Friday, but have an awesome end of the week, and thank you, as always, for stopping by the DCD! šŸ™‚

 

 

New Week, New News!

Hi Everybody, Hope you had a great weekend! While my weekend was kind of an unproductive bummer because I had a cold that kept me pretty much incapacitated, I do have a couple exciting bits o’ news to share with you. šŸ™‚

The first is that I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador! In the past few months my focus has really changed from weight loss to fitness, and being accepted into this group is AWESOME for my new goals of being fit and in shape – the weight loss will follow suit!

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What this means is that I’m joining a community that’s over 800 fitness oriented women bloggers who are all about educating the world that strong is the new skinny – meaning you don’t have to be a stick, you just have to be healthy! Part of the sweat pink lifestyle is making fitness fun – which is why I’m scoring these awesome neon pink shoelaces to send to you! If you want a pair (Free), leave me a comment. All I ask if that if I send you a pair, you tweet, Facebook or instagram a post of yourself wearing them so I can share our Sweat Pink message. Yay!

 

Borrowed from fellow SPA fromfltond.com

The second is that I’m now helping with social media at the totally delicious and super fun Lenny and Larry’s! They make “muscle brownies” which are protein brownies, and complete cookies, which are vegan cookies. They’re all about delicious snacks with NO JUNK. This company really jives with my philosophy about life- having fun, eating yummy things, but always with a focus on health! I am continuing to work part-time with my current job, and I’m thrilled to be making a living in social media and blogging which I love, love, love. Check out Lenny and Larry’s on twitter here and Facebook here – and stay tuned for a new giveaway so I can have you try out some of their products. Their lemon poppy seed complete cookie is vegan and has 15 grams of protein and is OFF THE HOOK.

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Lastly, the Double Chin Diary DietBet has ended!! CONGRATULATIONS to everybody who lost their 4%. Sadly, I was a couple pounds away from meeting my 4%, but I feel proud about what I did manage to lose. I’m not sure if April made it – will check in with her shortly. However, we will be hosting another DietBet in a few months, but in the meantime, I’m super proud of everybody who participated. Even if you didn’t “win”, you made strides towards a more healthful you, and that’s something to brag about.Now I am starting my “no weigh” month where I completely focus on fitness and nutrition, and measurements. I’ll have more info about that for you shortly.

Well Chinners, that’s all I’ve got for now! I hope you have an amazing week!
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