Congratulations to Roberta Hutcheon who was the randomly selected winner of the “Plus Up” Your Gym Bag giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered. I’m sorry to hear that so many of you do not have actual gym bags. I have at least 3 stuffed in my closet that I received as part of various promotions from different companies. I feel like I should launch some sort of gym bag relocation program.
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Disclosure: The cost of the “Plus Up” Your Gym Bag makeover for me and the upcoming winner was covered by Kellogg’s FiberPlus.
As I teased yesterday, I recently got the opportunity to “Plus Up” my gym bag from Kellogg’s FiberPlus. They gave me a coupon for a free box of FiberPlus bars and $75 in gift certificates to buy whatever else I wanted.
After putting off this makeover to the very last day and then reading Lanie’s comment that the bag “needs glitter,” I was momentarily tempted to run to Michael’s and spend $75 on a Bedazzler and glitter glue. Or I could have followed Lady Gaga’s lead and made myself a meat gym bag or meat sweat suit—made from lean cuts, of course.
Instead, I went to Target. I always end up buying stuff at Target that I didn’t know I needed. After cruising the aisles, this is what I threw in my cart:
Yoga mat sling
I’ve always wanted a yoga mat sling. I like how cool the yoga people look with their mats slung over their shoulders like backpacks. But I could never justify spending $9.84 on a piece of string and Velcro. I told myself I should make one myself, but now I don’t have to, which allows me to cross one item off my long list of craft projects I shall never complete. (It’s listed right after “Bedazzle gym bag.”)
Earbud headphones (nice ones)
I hate earbud headphones. They feel funny. They fall out easily. They get all gross and waxy. However, I must admit that I look like the Queen of Dorkitude wearing these bulky headphones while I’m walking:
The ear pads absorb sweat, so they get kind gross too. Now I bought a pair of earbud headphones that are designed more like earplugs. They fit snug in my ear, don’t fall out, and don’t make me look like a dork. The covers are washable, too. I’ve always wanted to get a pair of these, but I was never going to spend $18.99 on them for fear I’d hate how they felt. Luckily they fit great!
Finally, I got a new sports watch with lots of fancy sports functions, like memory recall, which I probably will never use but will enjoy knowing I could use if I wanted. It’s much smaller and cuter than my old watch, but again, I would never have splurged $39.99 on this when I could get my old watch at Big Lots for $5.00.
All together, that comes to $68.82. Add an additional 7.75% North Carolina sales tax and the grand total was: $74.16. Woot! Am I good, or what? I should totally be on The Price is Right. Of course, I also used my coupon to get a free box of FiberPlus bars. I went with the dark chocolate almond flavor and they were very tasty indeed. You can read about their nutritional information online.
Finally, here’s a shot of my gym bag now, all made over, though still lacking glitter:
Now you guys have a chance to “Plus Up” your gym bag. The official rules are available here (PDF) (I know! Official rules! So fancy!) Here’s the general gist: The contest starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, September 19, 2010. Only US
citizens residents are eligible. (Sorry, foreigners! Give us your huddled masses, but not for giveaways.) You may enter by 1) commenting below stating why you need to “Plus Up” your gym bag or 2) sending a message on Twitter to @pastaqueen about why you need to Plus Up your gym bag and including the #plusup hashtag. I’ll announce a winner by Wednesday, September 22.
Good luck, everybody!
I have never been on a makeover show, and I probably never will be, but my gym bag recently leaped at the opportunity to be made over (or would have if it weren’t an inanimate object). Here is the “before” photo:
Going clockwise from the left, we’ve got a towel which should make you happy the Internet doesn’t yet have smell-o-vision. There’s also a pink water bottle, deodorant, a lock, my pace/distance tracker, and a change of clothes which includes sports socks, a sports bra, and running pants all made from sweat-wicking materials. These are the basic things I use before, during and after my workouts.
That’s the gym bag as it is now, but tomorrow you will see it after the “Plus Up Your Gym Bag” makeover it got from Kellogg’s FiberPlus bars. Or you will as soon as I go and buy stuff for the makeover. Look at me, daring to put the “dead” in deadline! (If you have any ideas for what I should buy, do comment.) You’ll also have a chance to win your own gym bag makeover valued at $75.00. Stop by tomorrow at 8am EST for the scoop.
Disclosure: The cost of the “Plus Up Your Gym Bag” makeover was covered by Kellogg’s FiberPlus.
Disclosure: I received a free Omron GOsmart Pace/Distance tracker for this review, as well as a free t-shirt, water bottle and ear buds.
I figured if I walked up the big $&%^-ing hill to the bakery shop, I deserved to have a cupcake at the top, so I set off on my walk. Then I turned around on my front porch, went back inside and grabbed the Omron GOsmart Pace/Distance Tracker I was sent to review because this seemed like the perfect time to see if it could actually measure my pace, distance, steps, calories burned, and all that fancy stuff it claimed to do.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m not really a pedometer person, but I was interested in this device because it calculates your pace, which I *am* interested in. Over the past year I haven’t been running, but I’d like to get back into a run/walk routine now that I’ve moved to a walkable neighborhood. (
Yes, I know I made up the word “walkable.” I don’t care if Merriam-Webster gets pissed at me. Nevermind! Merriam-Webster says it *is* a word. Microsoft Word is in the wrong here, with its erroneous red squiggly.) It’s always encouraging to get positive feedback, so I wanted to track my pace and hopefully be encouraged when I get better and faster times.
When I turned on the
pedometer pace/distance tracker, I had to go through a quick setup where I entered the time, my height, weight and other info which helps the pedometer tracker estimate how many calories I’ve burned. What I loved was that by entering my height, it estimated my stride length for me automatically. I really don’t have the patience to get out a measuring tape and try to calculate the length of my average pace. It makes me have flashbacks to marching band where I had to learn eight-by-ten and six-by-ten stride lengths and no amount of practicing in a marked-off section of my basement could make me get it right. Marching band is hardcore y’all! Don’t be fooled by the silly tassels on the hats!
Once all that info was entered, I had the option of using the device as a straight-up pedometer that would track my steps, distance traveled and calories burned. But, if you hold down the “Mode” button for two seconds, you go into workout mode where it will also track the amount of time you’ve been walking and calculates your pace for you. It’s got a clip so you can attach it to your waist, or you can just put it in your pocket and pull it out occasionally to check your results as you’re walking. There’s a 7-day memory too which saves your previous workouts so you can compare your results.
So, I huffed and puffed and made it to the top of the hill, which my
pedometer tracker said was 1.3 miles. I checked later with my car’s odometer and this seems to be a fairly accurate measurement. However, I probably should have paid less attention to my pedometer tracker and more attention to the red exclamation mark that popped up on the weather app on my new smartphone. It started to get dark on my walk up the hill. I heard the crash of thunder in the distance and the winds started whipping up so hard I got smacked with a dry leaf right in the eye. OUCH! All of which meant—horror of horrors—I had to turn around before I made it to the cupcake shop. IT WAS AWFUL!! I walked up this huge $%&^-ing hill thinking I’d get a hit of frosting and moist, velvety cake as a reward, and all I got was a chance to do my pedometer pace/distance tracker review. *sigh* I made it back down the hill safely, and was able to note my pace time increased because going down a hill is much easier than going up it. I was also motivated to walk faster when I feared an imminent lightning strike. Luckily, I made it back to my apartment literally right as the rain began to fall.
Overall, the Omron Pace/Distance Tracker is a handy little device. I had to refer to the manual to complete the setup, but I was able to figure out the device pretty quickly after that. You can also visit TeamGOsmart.com, a site that’s designed to be community for their users. They’re pitching their other new product there too, the Omrom Pocket Pedometer with Activity Tracker. If you buy a device, you get a free 8-week training program too that you can use on the Active Trainer web site. I signed up for one and it sends you e-mail reminders of your scheduled exercise for the day, and also lets you enter your results online. I wasn’t a huge fan of the site’s interface, which could have been cleaner and a bit better organized, but hey, it’s free, so I shouldn’t complain.
Ok, now as a reward for reading to the bottom of the review, here’s the information regarding the giveaway. You can win your own pace/distance tracker, which retails for $49.99, as well as an Omron T-shirt, water bottle and earbuds. To enter, leave a comment on this entry telling me where you’d walk with your pace/distance tracker. Contest ends at 11:59pm on Sunday,
August 1 July 25, 2010. Winner will be chosen randomly. Only one entry per person.
So, wow, the Bertolli Giveaway got 319 entries, which is the most comments I’ve received on a blog entry EVER. That includes the posts I wrote about quitting my job and my two book announcements. I guess the moral of this story is that the next time I have any big news to share, I should also give away an ice cream maker.
Seriously though, I must have spent an hour or two (grand total) approving all the first-time commenters that entered. I am grateful for all my readers and I thank you for visiting the site, but that didn’t stop me from crawling out of bed at 12:30am last night to turn off comments on the post after the entry deadline because I didn’t want to find 30 more emails in my inbox the next morning. Congratulations to Amy from Michigan who was the randomly drawn winner this morning! She has already accepted her prize. And thanks to Bertolli too!
In other news, look at the mutant, monster, strawberries I got at the grocery store yesterday. (Penny included for size comparison.)
I am almost frightened to eat them because I am 95% sure they must have been irradiated to reach such an awesome size.