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Vega Sport Energy Bar Review!!!!

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity through Sweat Pink to try out Vega Sport Energy Bars. I was super excited about this. I have tried Vega products before but had never tried these before. I am always up to try new things that will help sustain my energy during runs and couldn’t wait for these to come!

For those of you that are not familiar with the Vega brand, all of their products are plant based, gluten free and non GMO. They have many products for sport but also for everyday use. They have smoothie mixes, energy bars, things to prepare for a sporting event, to having during and to help you recover after and many, many more products I am failing to mention. All their products are good for you and for the environment so I encourage you to go and check them out!

Moving onto the energy sports bars….When they came in the mail I was eager to try them, including the flavor Chocolate Coconut Almond and they also come in Apple Cherry!! I had one the next day for breakfast; I wanted to taste it first before I had it before running and I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted like a brownie, but a brownie that was good for you. You could see the coconut in it and the almonds which I liked. It had a bit of a crunch to it which was nice and was very moist. It is however very sweet. I love sweets so I was fine with this. My mom also had one and said she couldn’t finish it because it was too sweet. So if you like sweets you will love this but if you don’t then you might not like it so much but I thought it was delicious.

Moving onto the energy factor of this…After having this bar in the morning I did feel like I had a bit more energy then normal and it kept me full longer then my usual breakfast, but that is not exactly the point of this bar. I did eat a few of them while I was running Ragnar Cape Cod (stay tuned for my recap!). I had one before my first leg of the race which was just over 6 miles. I felt good during this leg and found I had more energy then normal. I had been up for several hours and had to get up super early and expected to be a bit tired while running but after eating this I didn’t. I checked my time after running and I ran a bit faster then normal. I had planned on taking it slow so that was a nice surprise and I felt good when I was done – not like I had over worked myself. I will credit this bar for that! I also had one before my second leg which was only four miles and felt the same way. I cruised through this leg and felt awesome. I will credit this feeling to the bar!

 

Final thoughts….I really liked this bar, I have a couple left and will most likely get them again! They were delicious, helped my performance, and made me feel good. I highly recommend these bars!

To learn more about these bars Click Here and to learn more about Vega Sport and Fuel Your Better Click Here

Disclaimer: Although this product was given to me, all opinions are my own.

QOTD: Have you tried any Vega products? If so, how do you like them?

 

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Take It To The Top!

I had SO much fun yesterday climbing Crowder’s Mountain with my friend Katelyn! We took the hard trail, which is pretty much straight up the whole way with a few breaks. We probably stopped five times on our way up just to catch our breath but eventually we made it to the top. One of the things that I love about hiking up the mountain is that I get so tired that I want to give up but I know that if I just keep pushing myself I will be able to see the amazing view at the top! It’s a lot like my journey through this weight-loss thing. I get tired, or sometimes just lazy, and want to quit but I know that after I reach my goal I will be so happy and relieved. It will be all downhill from there! Not easy, I have to tread carefully or else I’ll go tumbling to the bottom, but it will definitely be easier that the climb was!

Things to remember whenever going hiking:

1. Always go with a friend. Not only is it more fun when you go with someone, it is also safer. I love having someone there to help push me to the top! We both get tired as well, so it helps to know that I’m not so out of shape that I have to take all of these breaks, she’s getting tired too!

2. Take a break and don’t feel bad. I am a strong believer in pushing myself past my limits. but if I need to take a second to catch my breath, that’s what I do.

3. Don’t forget your water! It helps me to stay hydrated but it also helps me cool down a bit. Even on a cold day like yesterday my body gets hot fast. I don’t recommend chugging it because that can weigh you down or cause cramps, but a sip here-and-there helps a LOT

4. Zig-Zagging it. Sometimes when I’m walking down the mountain it can get to be overwhelming. Maybe just because I’m so tired from walking up it, or maybe because of how steep the trail is. Either way, zig-zagging from one side of the trail to the other tends to help me feel more in control.

5.Bring music! Most of us have smartphones that have tons of music on them anyways. Put that sucker on speaker and get to hiking! The right music can help motivate you right to the top. Katelyn and I were about 5 minutes from the peak and put on Britney Spears’ “Work B****” and it was like a second wind for us! Particularly, the part that says “Look hot in a bikini?” was enough to keep me going! Just have fun with it!

Those are my top 5 tips for going hiking. I also like to remember that if going on a long hike (over an hour), to bring a snack such as almonds or a protein bar. I have asthma so I always carry my inhaler on hikes just in case. I also keep a caribiner on my keys so that I can clip it to my sports bra (I hate carrying a bunch of stuff when I’m hiking). I also use an armband for my Iphone so that I don’t have to worry about it slipping out of my sweaty hands. :)

Do you want to go hiking but aren’t sure where any trails are? Just click here and visit Every Trail to find out where the nearest trails are closest to you. It will also tell you the difficulty and the distance of the trails! Hopefully this helps you out so that you can add some diversity to your workouts like I do. As always, if you have any comments or questions feel free to leave them below or visit Mini Me Wannabe. Have a fit day!

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My ‘AHA” Moment – 100 meter jog

In the past few years I have became a “yes man.” If someone asks me to try something new, the answer is almost always yes as long as the task is not dangerous. I even moved to Montana from New York because I was offered a job and really couldn’t see a reason why not.

One summer, my friends really wanted to run the ColorMeRad5k. It sounded like fun, you get covered in colors as you run. You only have to run 1 kilometer between stopping. So I registered.

I found out shortly after committing that I couldnt even run a quarter mile without stopping much less 1 kilometer or 5 kilometers. I was in over my head for sure. I only had 8 weeks to the race. I downloaded the couch to 5k app. That was still too tough. I couldnt set a PR rate for a quarter mile.

I sat down on the edge of the track and cried. Why was this so hard? Why couldn’t I do it while other people could? Everyone was going to see me on race day and I was going to have to walk. I was going to fail my friends. I was going to waste my money too.

My boyfriend who is a fantastic athlete helped me up and told me to get going, stop being so hard on myself, and try some 100 meter distances, that he would run with me.

That is where I started: 100 meter jogs. My ego was hurt. I was painfully aware of my poor cardiac health. I was determined to get better at this.

It is a year and a half later. I have run a half marathon since then and raced multiple 10k and 5k races. I have also learned to put my ego aside. I am not a pro runner, I have came in last in races, but I am trying. I am healthier than I have ever been. I am excited for running season to start as the snow melts. I am now setting my goal on an ultramarathon in the Rocky Mountains.

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