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We Have a Winner!

Dr. Seuss Quotes

Before I announce the winner of the book giveaway, I would like to thank everyone who commented on yesterday’s post.  I truly appreciate all the kind, motivating, and helpful comments.  It is good to know that there is a light out there at the end of the tunnel, and you have all made me feel so much better about finding a way back into my running game.

Autographed Copy

The winner of the totally awesome AUTOGRAPHED copy of the New York Times Best Seller, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, is Mindy @ Road Runner Girl!!!  Look for an email from me today Mindy, so that I can get your address.  My email address is, andreach2@yahoo.com.

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For part of the Giveaway, I asked everyone to comment on what their favorite book or books are.  Here is what was listed, and I’m so glad everyone shared.  From everyone’s comments I was able to discover some great new books to read!

Since all of us don’t take enough time to just sit down and read, I’m keeping today’s post short.  Instead, I want you to take some time today to pick up a book and read!  Happy Reading!!

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Reading Month Giveaway!!

I had such a great weekend!  We had some amazing weekend weather here in North Dakota on Saturday, and I was living up every second of it.  Saturday was crystal clear, no wind, and 34 degrees, so it felt more like it was in the upper 40s.  Since, it was relatively warm for North Dakota, I decided to spend as much time outside as I could.

furbutt walk

First up were dog walks for the furbutts!  It has been over 2 months since we have been able to go for a walk with the dogs, so the minute I grabbed the leash there was a mad rush for the door to see who would be first in line to go for a walk.  Lady and I headed out for a nice fast paced 2 mile walk.  Then, Tilly drug me out of the house, down the front steps and down the road.  Sweet little Tilly forgot how to “heal”, and we spent our 2 miles remembering our training.  By this point I had shed my winter coat and was down to a light long sleeved shirt.  Next up was Hank.  Hank doesn’t go slower than a 6 minute mile, and the roads were still slick with snow, so I took him out to a field next to our house to run.  He had a blast and pointed 2 pheasants and a grouse.

Next up was a snowball fight with my son!  For a 7 year old, he has amazing aim and can form a snowball faster than I can!  Sorry for not having a picture to share with you.  We had quite the epic battle going on, and the dogs were taking his side!  I got tackled down by Hank while trying to retreat for cover!  Hank is my dog too…talk about a traitor!

The Fault in Our Stars

Sunday was a relaxing day.  I got up and started reading the greatest book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green .  I became engrossed from the first page, and I was quite upset when I had to set it down to drive to work and teach a Spinning class.  I always love teaching my classes, and look forward to teaching, but I really wanted to continue reading.  As a matter of fact, I’m trying to type as fast as I can here so that I can get back to reading.  Green’s style of writing and story line just pull you in.

Autographed Copy

Which brings me to the GIVEAWAY!!  February is Right-to-Read month, and since I’m a big fan of reading (see Must Read Before You Die and Good Read Suggestions ) I want to encourage you to read too.  Right now you can enter to win a free AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!!!  How awesome is that!?!  I’m a total dork, so I get really excited about signed copies, and I hope you do to.  Target is always selling autographed copies, and when I saw the autographed copies of The Fault in Our Stars I knew I had to grab one to giveaway.  Entries close at 11:59pm on February 21st.  I’ll announce the winner in Friday, the 22nds, post.  You can earn 5 entries towards the Gievaway, and here is how you earn them, make sure you leave a comment below for each entry you made:

A Smoothie and a Giveaway!

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Well, it is Monday.  Where in the world does the weekend go?  I hope everyone out there had a great weekend.  I was able to go outside for a run on Saturday and do one of my 13 in 2013 races.  We had quite the heat wave that day and got up to 27 degrees!  Did you run a race over the weekend?Picture

I also signed up for a new virtual 5K.  Fit, Fab, & Lean is hosting a virtual 5K or Half Marathon.  All the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  This medal looks awesome, and it has glitter and stained glass too!

This morning I made a new smoothie.  I tried adding frozen peaches to my smoothie and it came out great!  I was a little nervous, since we were out of Greek yogurt…a staple in all my smoothies.  I’m calling it my Rainbow Smoothie, since it looked like a rainbow before I blended it up.  Isn’t it pretty?

Rainbow Protein Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen diced strawberries
  • frozen banana slices
  • frozen diced peaches
  • protein powder
  • spinach
  • ground flax seed
  • skim milk

The Burpee Mile

Today I’m doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp workout.  Tina has really been giving us some amazing workouts this round, and I love it when I’m challenged!  I’m also adding some extra burpees in there for Rita’s Burpee Mile in the end of March.  Right now I can burpee my way across the length of our house.  I’m hoping to really increase my distance each day.

The Giveaway!!!

Real Women Do Burpees T-shirts

Quite a few of you commented on Rita’s Burpee Mile challenge and wished her luck.  She loved all your comments and says a big Thank You!  A lot of you also commented on the “Real Women Do Burpees” t-shirt too.  Well, guess what!?!  I’m gonna give one of those t-shirts away!  That is right, one lucky lady will win the burpee shirt!  Here is how you can win:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite exercise move is.
  2. Like From Florida to North Dakota on Facebook
  3. Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter.  Let me know that you tweeted in the comments section below too!  (optional)

You get a entry for each of the above that you do!  I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning’s post, February 1st, so have your entries in by 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 30th!  Good luck!

New Years Eve and an Elliptical Workout

I have to share a few quick things from our weekend before the workout portion of this post.

TRX

On Saturday my husband and I were doing a TRX workout, and our son joined in too.  He always likes working out with one of us, and I couldn’t be happier about this.  I was floored the whole time he was working out with the TRX system.  The kid has some amazing body strength and core strength!  He was holding planks and doing some advanced moves that I was having a very hard time with, and he did them with ease!  A mother has to bragWinking smile

Diggers

It is not a normal weekend if some kind of mischief doesn’t occur, so of course, Hank and Tilly had to do something to get themselves into trouble on Sunday.  I looked outside after I had let them out 5 minutes earlier to see them both digging a mammoth hole in the frozen ground.  When I called them, they nonchalantly turned around, sat down, and gave me that, “What!?! We aren’t doing anything wrong” look.  Like they are completely innocent and an asteroid crashed in our backyard and made the hole.

Today is New Year’s Eve and that means that tomorrow is the new year, and there is so much for everyone to look forward to.  In my case, I’m looking forward to summer and the disappearance of –20 degree temperatures, snow, and ice.  All joking aside, I hope you have a lot to look forward to in 2013 and that you make the most of your year!  And, have a great New Year’s Eve!!  What are you looking forward to in 2013?

I’ll be starting off my New Year with the For the Love of the Kids Virtual 5K.  This will be my first race to kick off my 13 races in 2013!!!  What race are you looking forward to this year?

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If you are looking for a bootcamp to help you get fit or continue staying fit, try Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  Registration closes for the next round (starts Jan 7th) today, so sign up now!!  There is also the 13 in 2013 running challenge that will begin on January 1st, so if you are a runner, walker, jogger, or beginner this is a great way to keep you fit and motivated all year, and the giveaways are already beginning.  The registration for 13 in 2013 also ends today!

I’m taking this New Year’s Eve day to relax and enjoy some time with my son.  We are heading out to see Rise of the Guardians today, and both of us have been looking forward to finally getting a chance to go see it, since we have been trying to for almost two months now.

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Don’t forget about the Giveaway I have going on along with your opportunity to post questions for Jill Conyers to answer in her guest post on January 7th!

Here is a 30 Minute Elliptical Workout to help you ring in a healthy New Year!!  Remember to stretch afterwards!

30 Minute Elliptical Star