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Beauty Time Out: 5 Reasons You'll Love Body Glide

Disclaimer: I received a stick of Body Glide to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm just going to cut to the chase here: I love Body Glide! Seriously!

This stuff is seriously amazing and has not only helped my summer running, but has also enhanced my sweaty summer life in general. I tested it out while going for track workouts, tempo runs, playing volleyball, hiking, and even just on particularly hot days at work when I was wearing a skirt or shorter dress

There are so many great things about Body Glide, so I thought I'd narrow it down to my five favorite things about this product in order to save you from some of my typical long-winded ranting and raving.

Before I jump into my list, I should probably tell you what Body Glide is, right? According to their website, Body Glide is officially, "The original anti chafing, anti blister balm™." It is clear and odorless, and glides on like deodorant. The company has several other products, but the one I tested out was the original Body Glide. Now, let's jump in!

Groupon Coupons for Your Travel Needs

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, of course. Gotta keep it real!

Update: Boyfriend got his luggage delivered at 3 a.m. today. Hallelujah! 

As I sit here at the baggage claim in LAX, waiting for my boyfriend's bags to arrive from his layover in Nashville (they didn't make it onto his flight, unfortunately), I start going through a list of what we'll need for our hiking adventures in Sedona and the Grand Canyon this week. I want to be certain we didn't forget anything important! In about 16 hours or so, we fly out to Phoenix for a week in the Grand Canyon State. I know the ol' bf is going to be jet lagged in a few hours, so I want to figure out if we’re missing anything before that happens!

I'm on the A Team! PLUS: 2016 Annapolis Running Classic Discount Code

Hello there, friends! I've been running around like crazy, preparing for BlogFest, working out, starting my marathon training, and doing regular stuff like, ya know, going to work and sleeping! This is just a quick check in so that you know that I'm alive and well (and almost 10 pounds lighter!).

I cannot believe BlogFest is less than a week away! I have my business cards ordered, I've started planning out my outfits (shout out to Coach Debbie for this awesome post on what to pack!), and I have some Shower Pill wipes (affiliate link) en route from Amazon so I can wipe the stank off of me in between sessions. I am so excited and nervous at the same time! I cannot get over the fact that I was selected for this amazing opportunity!

Another amazing opportunity: I'm on the A Team for the 2016 Annapolis Running Classic! This will be my third year running the race (10k once, half marathon twice), and my second year as a race ambassador. This is hands down my favorite race. It has all of the elements that make it the perfect race for me, and I will get a chance to run it this year stronger, more prepared, and just a few weeks after my first marathon. As an A Team member, I get to run the race for free, but I also get to share a sweet discount with all of you! If you register before July 15, you can get a 15% off discount on the 2016 Annapolis Running Classic with the code ALEXIS16. If you register after July 15, you can get 10% off with the same race discount code. What are you waiting for?! Register now for this amazing race before it sells out!  

DIY Weight Loss Jars

Greetings, friends!

I come to you today with a little DIY project. I know I don't post these very often (mostly because I don't have a lot of time for DIY projects these days), but I thought this one was fun, and could be a little motivational nudge for those of us out there who are looking for a fun way to continue losing weight -- especially since we're officially into the summer!

This is a super easy, cheap, and quick DIY project. In fact, most of the supplies for this project were purchased at the dollar store (or 99 cent store, for my NYC friends)!

What is the purpose of these weight loss jars? Well, there are a few answers to this question. First and foremost, I have found that it is a lot more motivating for me to continue my weight loss journey when I can actually see results. With these jars, you can see the marbles disappear from the "Weight To Lose" jar while you fill up your "Weight Lost" jar!

Another good use for the jars is to encourage your friends, family, and/or colleagues to join you. Just use a different color for each participant! Another way I'm using the jars is to have a little healthy competition with friends. We all have the same weight loss goal through the end of the year, and it's fun to see who has the most marbles in which jar.

My Favorite Summer Activities

Oh, hello summer! I can't believe you're finally here!

It's that time of the week where I link up with Sarah and Tamieka! This week, we're talking about our favorite summer activities.

For me, fitness is easiest to incorporate into my routine in the summer. Yes, I know that the seasons shouldn't matter, but the reality is that they do! I am not a cold weather person, so winter is a real struggle for me. Spring and fall are great seasons for fitness too, but there's something about the summer that makes fitness -- especially with friends -- so much easier! In the DC area, it seems like just about everyone is doing something outdoors at least once a week. It's great!

Okay, so I don't just do all fitness all the time (I'd have a 6 pack and killer traps if I did). I love doing all types of activities during the summer, and most of them are outdoors. My summers have been a mixed bag the last decade or so. No summer is the same, which is just fine by me! I love mixing things up in general, but the summer seems like an apt time to try something new.

There are a lot of things I like to do in the summer, so I'll narrow it down to five activities for the sake of you wonderful readers of this blog. 

The Hardest Race I've Ever Run (So Far)

It's the start of a new week! Are you excited? I know I am! I have a challenging week up ahead, but I'm ready to be back into my regular schedule, with some hot yoga with friends sprinkled in throughout the week.

I've been getting in my marathon training runs, and this heat wave we're beginning to experience in the DC Area isn't making that any easier!

It's been just about a week since running the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as a BibRave Pro, and while I've been training and playing volleyball and all that jazz, parts of me are still in recovery. Those parts include my poor left foot, one of my toes, and my dignity. :-| In case you couldn't tell from my post image on the left here, this was not my best race ever. I did not PR. I did not smile at the finish line. I did finish, however, and sampled a lot of wine at the finish line. As an athlete, I have known the old adage that, "you win some, you lose some," for quite some time, and I definitely felt that this was true with last week's race. I learned a lot from this race, and I'm taking those lessons with me into my continued marathon training.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Thursday Throwdown: Summer Vacation Plans

Happy Thursday, everyone!

This week has shaped up to be an excellent week for fitness for me! I'm down a few pounds since this time last month, and my body is finally feeling ready to really get into my marathon training. This week, I've played a volleyball double header (I subbed one match for my friend's team after my game on Monday), I did some hot yoga with my friend Jackie on Tuesday (our first time at Pure Om Bethesda), and on Wednesday I hit up Sarah's yoga class after work, followed by an interval workout at a local track. I've been stretching and foam rolling, hydrating, weight lifting, and eating much healthier, and I feel GREAT!

Since it's Thursday, that means I'm throwing down my thoughts on my summer vacation plans as part of the Thursday Throwdown! This is where you get a chance to link up with Tamieka, Sarah, and me each Thursday!

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