A Blog About Nothing

Hi! Long time no talk!

Here’s the deal: I really have nothing to blog about and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve been searching for some blog motivation for 2 weeks and couldn’t seem to think of anything worthy of a post. My Fitness Blender Challenge is going well. I’m feeling positive about my body right now (flaws and perfections alike!). My reduced grain (REDUCED!) diet feels great and everything is awesome.

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February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month . This is a great time to reflect on the past year’s challenges and victories on my recovery journey. I’ve had so many experiences (both positive and negative) this past year and my recovery is at a point where it feels better to just focus on the future instead of the past. I think I put too much emphasis on how I used to respond to challenging situations as opposed to moving on. So…I’m moving on. Recovery is something that I hold very sacred and it inundates every aspect of my life, as my eating disorder previously did. If you’re feeling like you want to see how I got here, here’s my recovery story that I wrote last year. My story is ever evolving, so it might feel a little outdated. Otherwise, let’s move forward together!

Anyway, today is my 4th snow day in 3 weeks. I’m binge watching my DVR, snuggling with Gloria, Charlie and Oliver, eating coconut pancakes, wearing the same pajamas that I’ve been in since Saturday night (no judgement) and feeling grateful that we’re going to Mexico next week. Life is feeling really nice right now. I don’t want to brag and I don’t want to complain. This is recovery. This is normalcy.

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No makeup. Dirty Hair. Kissing Dog. Life is good.

Have a fab day!

xoR

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The Fitness Games!

I am a HUGE Hunger Games fan, so when the Fit Approach offered the chance to review a new app called The Fitness Games, I was totally in. Ok, I was a little disappointed when no bow and arrow were required, but still pretty pumped.

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The Fitness Games is basically a super awesome marriage of social media and fitness. Here’s how it works:

When you join and make a profile then you have the opportunity to add friends. Since the app is relatively new, you should definitely demand your friends join too! That way you can complete against one other. However! Never fear: if you don’t have any friends (#suckstobeyou), you can compete against strangers or yourself!

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The app contains over 50 awesome workouts between strength, cardio, full body and cross training. Depending in the level of membership you purchase, you will have access to different numbers of workouts for free, but each additional workout is only $.99 and TOTALLY worth it! These workouts are awesome! They’re all written by real personal trainers and vary from beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. I tried a lot of the workouts including all four areas and can honestly say that they’re all really good!

I was able to compete against myself (which is actually really useful to measure progress) and against friends (which is really useful when you alike yourself to Katniss Everdeen).

There are a couple things I would change: the workouts themselves are not really visible while you’re working out. To see the sets, you have to click an external page, which stops the clock on the tracker. I learned that the hard way when it looked like my workout only took 3 minutes because I accidentally left the external page open. Obviously not a huge deal, though. Also, if someone does not accept your challenge, the workout does not go to your tracker…so you just have to trust that you did, indeed, workout. Again…not a huge thing.

All in all, I REALLY enjoy this app. It made me step outside my fitness comfort zone and try some new, awesome workouts! So go! Download the app here! You won’t regret it! Make sure to add me as a friend (Rebecca Mahoney), so that I can kick your little tushes!

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Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

xoR

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Fuel Your Better: Vega Sport Pre-Workout Review

Good morning! It’s a beautiful Tuesday here in MA! Let’s talk about energy.

In the summer, I definitely need an extra boost to get myself to the gym or out on a run. Plain and simple, it’s hot and I’m lazy. If I don’t get myself to the gym first thing in the morning, it’s REALLY tough to motivate myself later on in the heat. I’ve tried a lot of different options: waiting until the heat dissipates (even harder to motivate myself at night), drinking iced coffee (give me a tummy ache), or forcing myself to work out (feel weak and guilty for not listening to my body). So, these things haven’t been going so well…

So imagine my excitement when I was selected to review Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer! Vega is a pretty awesome, plant-based sport supplement company. This product is diary, gluten and soy free, and Vega does not use any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners in any of their products, which is fine by me! The pre-workout is acai berry flavored and comes in individual packets (no measuring required!) and claimed to “provide immediate and sustained energy”. Yeah, right. I’ll believe when I see it…and then I did. photo 1(11)

I decided to first try this product before a run. As we all know, running is still pretty new to me and still definitely not my favorite. I used a packet of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer in water about 20 minutes before my run as the directions suggested. I’ve used pre-workout supp’s before and usually after a few minutes I start to geek out a little. My fingers and toes start to tingle and then my heart starts to race. I’ve never done crack, but I imagine that’s what it feels like. Anyway, Vega didn’t do that at all. I was actually wondering if it was working because I didn’t feel much different. I headed out on my run and 30 minutes later realized I had ran 3 miles without stopping (which is a pretty huge accomplishment for this baby runner!). Sure, I was tired, but it definitely fueled me right through. I’ve since tried this pre-workout before lifting sessions and boot camp, and it definitely held up its end of the bargain by fueling me better.

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I really like that this produce provides a smooth, natural energy with no crash afterward. No belly ache or race for the bathroom (#sorrynotsorry). The supplement facts list all pronounceable ingredients including coconut, yerba mate, green tea, rhodiola, ginseng, tumeric and ginger as energy sources. No scary synthetics. You better believe I’ll be trying other Vega products. For more info click #fuelyourbetter!

That’s it for me! Have a fab day!

xoR

 

Disclaimer: I was provided with this product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

Summer So Far: Day 2

Hellooo,

It’s Tuesday and vacation day numero dos. This is pretty much what I’ve done with my vacation thus far:

unnamed  HUUUUUUUGE excitement around here.

But seriously. I really have been taking time to relax and not worry about what’s going to happen to me. I do not have a job lined up, which is definitely concerning, but also sort of exciting! Sure, I can sit here and panic about being jobless: How will I buy shoes? Will Chris’ paycheck be big enough to buy me champagne every Friday night?! Who will make sure I have expensive face cream and bi-weekly manicures?! AHHH!!!! I’m obviously joking (sorta), and the only actual concern I have is that we will not be approved for a mortgage until I get a job…otherwise we’ll be doomed to live in apartment-topia for the rest of our lives.

This is actually the first time in my life that I’ve gone without a job. In fact, I had a job waiting for me upon graduation from my graduate program. I had some resemblance of a job all through college and grad school, and even had weird jobs in high school and always worked through the summer. This is my first job-less summer EVER. Honestly…it’s kind of awesome. Sure, the lack of structure is a big daunting, but it’s also the first time that I’m able to take some solace in the idea of doing nothing. It feels really good. You should totally try it out 😉

Anyway: On Sunday I ran 3 miles! I did stop at 1.5 to walk for a minute or 2, but then ran all the way back! I’m averaging about 10 minute miles, so I’m feeling proud about that! My right foot continues to splay further out, and eventually I’ll have to stop ignoring it, but I am currently pain free. Yesterday I did the following full-body circuit that turned into a really serious and unexpected sweat-fest. I also eyed a woman doing squats with really scary form, so I approached her and gave her some pointers. She was super appreciative, so there’s one less scary squatter out there now.

Full Body Sweaty Circuit

Complete this circuit 4 times through with little rest between exercises and 1 full minute between circuits. Increase weight as reps decrease (number of reps per circuit is listed next to exercise).

  • Alternating Squat Press (20,15,12,10)
  • Push-up 15
  • Pull-up 15
  • Barbell Curls (15,12,10,8)
  • Overhead Tricep Extensions (15,12,10,8)
  • Jump Squat 10
  • Jump rope 1 minute

 

That’s it for me. My cleaning lady is in my bathroom right now and I really have to pee…so…that’s what I’m dealing with right now. #whitegirlproblems

xoR

Friday 5 and My Adventure Into the Unknown

Hi. It’s Friday. I’m pumped.

Today is a weird day for me. It’s my last day at the preschool and I will not be returning in the Fall. It’s a bittersweet goodbye, but I am excited to see what comes my way! Maybe Bravo will finally recognize Flex and Shout and give me a reality TV deal and I’ll be super rich and famous! Maybe I’ll move to Alaska and train sled dogs. Maybe I’ll find a job that needs a speech pathologist/fabulous personal trainer and all will be right in the world. The possibilities are endless.

Without further ado, here are my 5 favorites from this past week:

1. This bracelet:

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I’ve been eyeing that Pop, Fizz, Clink bangle from Kate Spade since December when it came out in stores. Then it showed up on Gilt a few weeks ago…and then somehow ended up on my wrist. Hooray! Love it! (the watch is Kate Spade too…and most likely the necklace and earrings).

2. This T-shirt:

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c/o Shameless Behavior

I toyed with the idea of posting a picture of me in 6th grade…but…yeeeash. Put it this way: I was a late bloomer…

3. This oatmeal:

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It came in my Bestowed Box and OH.EM.GEE it’s so tasty. I’m an oatmeal lover as it is, but this stuff is deeeeeelish. I top mine with banana, honey and PB and gobble it up!

4. This workout:

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c/o Pinterest/Popsugar

I did this on Monday, when I needed a more chill workout. I would not call this chill, but it was not super intense. It was a nice change of pace for me! I subbed battle ropes for the med ball burpees.

5. New friends:

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I was having a seriously bad day on Wednesday and my pal, Rachel (another Rachel!), really cheered me up! Rachel and I haven’t been friends for too long, but it goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter how long you know someone to truly know someone. Girlfriend knows how to give a kickass pep talk!

Alright. That’s it for me. I have to turn in my computer today (#sadface) so it might be radio silence over here for a little bit. Promise to come back ASAP! In the mean time, make sure to keep tabs on my Instagram and Twitter pages!

xoR

5k Foam Fest: photo evidence that I got muddy on purpose.

Wahoo! It’s Thursday. I’m having a wacky week, so I am READY for summer vacay. Like whoa.

As promised, here is my 5k Foam Fest Review! What an incredibly fun and filthy day! Chris and I had an absolute blast and will def be back next year! As a self-proclaimed girly girl and lover of all things pink, this was certainly outside of my comfort zone. When I told people that I was participating in this event, most reactions included a “why?”, but I’m so glad I did it!

We were signed up for the 12:30 heat, but being all the way up in Haverhill, MA, we gave ourselves tons of time to get there. We hit the road at 9:15 and go to the parking lot in about an hour. Once we got there, we learned why the race officials urged participants to arrive early…IMG_6031We were approximately 900th in line to get on the bus. Apparently there was a bus issue, but it didn’t really take away from the fun of the day. We met tons of crazies in line from all over New England. I loved that there were people of all different ages and levels of fitness. This was not a race (I use that term loosely here) for the elite. It was for everyone! Even a team made entirely of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Truly all inclusive.

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Anyway, once we got to the race location, we registered, got our bibs, and checked out the scene. There were games, amusements, contests, and refreshments available, which was super cool and fun for before and after the race. The race began with a foam covered start line, which was actually so silly and hilarious. It was like an old school frat foam party (I’m a state school girl, what can I say?!), so everyone got nice and dirty right off the line! When our heat began, Chris and I got right up to the front to ensure proper foamy-goodness.

According to the website, there were supposed to be 14 obstacles throughout the 3.1 mile run. I was a bit disappointed to find out that there were really only 7 or 8, and none of them were very challenging. I will say, the run itself was basically all uphill and SUPER hard. We found ourselves (and pretty much all other participants) walking a lot. We also had to wait in line at a few of the obstacles, so between that and walking, the race took a lot longer than expected. All that being said, we still got muddy, foamy and smiley! Here are my personal pics and some pro pics from throughout the race:

All in all, we had a kickass time. We were sweaty, foamy, muddy…all kinds of good stuff. This was my very first race, and I’m already signed up for another 5k in August (oy). I’m so glad I got to participate, it was truly a weird experience 😉 Check out 5k Foam Fest ‘s website and use my code FF6016 for $5 off your entry fee!

Have a good one!

xoR

Red Hair and a Labral Tear: my weekend in review

Hellooooo! It’s Tuesday and only 3 more days of school until summer can officially begin! This past weekend was super fun! I’m now a redhead:

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and Saturday was the 5k Foam Fest!:

IMG_6062I’m going to wait until the official pictures come out to give you a full recap, but that is a before and after shot from the run. There was a water slide at the end, so you can’t even tell how muddy we were! I literally had mud in and around my mouth and eyes for the majority of the run. Ew. There were also HUGE hills throughout the course, which I was not expecting. I also managed to absolutely mangle my legs in one of the mud pits…my preschoolers were so concerned about me yesterday and kept asking about my booboos!

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Shield your eyes from the whitest legs in the whole north east! Girlfriend needs some sun!

This week, I’m planning on taking it a little bit easier. My hip was unhappy with me following that uphill run and for wearing old sneakers. On Sunday I hit up an amazing yoga class at Sweat and Soul Yoga. Their classes tend to be more athletic and upbeat, which is perfect for me! Except I probably overdid it and my hip was even madder after class…ugh. I’ve written a little about my hip in the past, but to refresh you all: I have a labral tear in my left hip (possibly two tears), which happened about 4-5 years ago. I say 4-5 because there was not any one event that caused my tear, and it was probably a result of my forward facing hips and inward facing femurs (like a boy!).

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I’ve been told by several fitness and medical professionals that I have really narrow hips that don’t really move very well…thanks guys. Anyway, the labrum (also found in your shoulder), is a ring of cartilage that rims the outer portion of the hip joint. The labrum acts as a seal to hold the top of the femur into the pelvis. Labral tears are common in athletes, but can also be a result of anatomical weirdness (double whammy for me!). The treatment is usually cortisone injections and potentially surgery to repair the tear. At the time of my injury I was not a candidate for surgical repair because I was only 24 and my doctor explained that the success rate was very low for patients under 30…and I’d eventually probably need a hip replacement. Cool. I have had one cortisone injection and honestly it took the pain away for a really long time. I get flair ups every once in awhile when I do not stretch enough or when it rains for days on end (I’m an old man). I’ve been in a bit of a flair up for the past few weeks. I’ve also noticed that my right foot has been splaying out pretty remarkably, which can mean that I’m overcompensating with the right side of my body…not good. So I’m exploring some other remedies. I thought yoga might help…but all the hip opening activities actually made it worse. Has anyone else dealt with this before? Help!

Welp, I think that’s all the complaining I have in me today. Hope you all have a super fab week! ❤

xoR