You Pick It Giveaway!

Do you want to know something funny? Jaden wears his helmet just to play outside.

He’s not riding his bike or his skateboard. He’s just playing outside with the neighborhood kids. And he wears his helmet.

It reminds me of when I read Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs, and he wore a helmet walking around the city in an attempt to be as safe as he possibly could.

But for whatever reason, as soon as he goes outside, Jaden puts on his helmet. Maybe he plans to ride his bike at some point and doesn’t want to come back in for his helmet? I don’t know, but I think it’s funny. At least his head is protected.

Yesterday’s Evening Workout

  • LAST Biggest Loser Workout – 1 hr 45 min

Last night we walked the trail that we will be running for Saturday’s 5k, and we stopped every so often to use resistance tubes and do cardio exercises. Then we ran a mile and compared it to our mile time from the first day of the 5k prep.

Unfortunately, my shoulder is in some serious pain, and as soon as I took one step to run, I got a terrible shooting pain in my shoulder. I couldn’t run. At all. Instead I walked half a mile with a couple of the other ladies who are walking the 5k.

In fact, I couldn’t do half of the exercises that we did last night, and I am feeling very discouraged. This is the worst time to get an injury because I wanted to do really good at the 5k. When I had detached rib cartilage (it’s as painful as it sounds) my doctor told me to use the heating pad first thing in the morning and to ice the injury during the day.

So, I iced my shoulder yesterday, and this morning I used the heating pad and plan to ice it during the day. I also have been taking ibuprofen.

We did end the night with a super fun game! The instructor brought out balloons and told us to tie them to our ankles. As soon as she said this, I knew what we were doing – real life Mario Kart!

I made sure to make my enthusiasm known, although some people had no idea what I was talking about and thought I was crazy. There’s a game in Mario Kart where balloons surround the vehicle and you have to drive around trying to pop your opponents balloons.


Well, that’s what we did last night – we all ran around the parking lot with balloons tied to our ankles trying to pop each others. I didn’t last very long and my balloon was popped in the beginning of the game, but I had so much fun!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.1 miles treadmill – 50 minutes
  • 15 minutes stretching

I walked slowly on the treadmill this morning keeping my pace between 3.0 and 4.0 mph. I made sure to strecth really good afterwards.

Look what I saw at the grocery store today- Honeycrisp apples! Only the best apples ever. (Expensive, but totally worth it). Fall has officially arrived!

In other exciting news, I won thePlate Awards 2012 for Healthy Eating Champ of the Year! You can check it out here! And you can check out this article, if you want.

Thank you so much to all of you who voted for me! I really couldn’t have done it without you guys, and I appreciate it so much!

I wanted to show my appreciation by having my own giveaway. I’ve decided that I will pick one winner and give them their choice of a $10 gift card to Whole Foods, Starbucks, or Target (and maybe a couple other surprises!)

Once again, thank you so much! You guys are awesome!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know which gift card you would like to win: Whole Foods, Starbucks, or Target.

Giveaway will run though Monday night, and I will announce the winner on Tuesday morning. Don’t forget to check back to see if you’ve won!


Filed under Biggest Loser, Fitness, Fun, Giveaway, Working Out

58 Responses to You Pick It Giveaway!

  1. I would love a whole foods gift card!

  2. Marlene

    Congrats on winning Heather, that’s awesome! I like all three stores, but I’d have to go with Whole Food Gift card!

  3. allison

    I would love a starbucks gift card. I’m looking forward to a pumpkin space latte as soon as the weather cools down.

  4. Michele

    Target and Congratulations!!!

  5. Carol

    Congrats!! I hope your shoulder feels better soon.

    My choice would be Target.

  6. Fit Minded Mom

    Target!! I am always there so I know it will be well used!

    Sorry for the shoulder pain, that stinks!! Hopefully it heals up soon. My husband hurt his shoulder a few months ago and it has been very slow healing so hope that is not the case for you.

    Honey Crisp apples= SO GOOD!!!

  7. Jen

    I would LOVE a $10 giftcard to starbucks, free coffee always tastes better!

    I love that your little guy wears his heltmet, extra safety!! LOL! I hope your shoulder feels better soon!

  8. Fun giveaway! I’d definitely request the Whole Foods gift certificate! :)

  9. Meredith

    Congrats! Whole Foods :)

  10. lexi

    Heather, I have been wanting to tell you how exciting your blog is to me! I love reading stories of how people go from non-runners to runners! (although you weren’t really a ” non ” runner just not as into it as now) Your story is aspiring and I am really excited about your upcoming 5k myself! Ha. You probably are thinking what I creep I must be….. lol. I promise I’m just really into running and the way it makes you feel and I love reading/seeing that in other people too.

    Anyways! I would die for a starbucks giftcard! I live in such a small town that I would have to go make a trip to visit my mom just to even see a starbucks. lol.

  11. Sarah Royse

    A Whole Foods git card would be awesome!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  12. Jenn

    Congratulations Heather! I would like the Target, I don’t have a whole foods over here.

  13. That is a tough choice… but I think I would choose Starbucks, because it would be a treat for me! Whereas I would end up buying something for my family at Whole Foods or Target.

    Selfish, I know… :)

  14. Tracy

    I would go with Target…I feel like I am there everyday! I think that is so cute your little man wears a helmet to play. :)

  15. i would loveeeeee a starbucks giftcard!!!

  16. Jaime

    That’s awesome! Your blog has been such an inspiration for me since I found it from Skinny Runner! I would love a Target giftcard.

  17. runnergirl4jc

    First, Congratulations on winning!! You deserve it. I would really enjoy the Target giftcard. I teach K and I love the dollar aisle, all their cute clothes, and our SuperTarger has great deals on produce. :)

  18. That’s a tough one! They’re all great- but Starbucks sounds the best to me!

  19. reba

    Duh target you can get every thing u listed

  20. Lea Ann

    I wish there was a Whole Foods here, but a Target gift ward would be great!

  21. Hope your shoulder feels better! I picked up some Honeycrisps and they are SO flipping delicious!!!!

    Whole Foods card, love the hot/salad bar :)

  22. Target would be wonderful!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  23. elizabeth

    super congratulations on your well deserved award. i enjoy your humor + target gift cards are the best!!

  24. Congrats!! Well deserved. I would love a Whole Foods card!

  25. shannonjoe

    Congrats!!!!!! :)

    Target would be my choice if I am lucky enough to be the winner since those other 2 stores are MILES AWAY from me! :)


  26. kristen

    I would love to win a target gift card! Congrats!!

  27. Jordan D.

    I love all three, but Starbucks is such a treat…a peppermint mocha during the winter always cheers me up! Great giveaway :)

  28. I know kids who did that sometimes!
    And I’d love a starbucks card (:

  29. Janice

    Whole Foods please (and thanks for the giveaway!)

  30. congratulations! Any of those giftcards would be amazing. I have never played MarioKart, is it fun?

  31. Wen

    The Whole Foods gift card would be my choice. Congrats on your win!

  32. Danette

    Awesome win, Starbucks gift card would be the best!
    My kids love that MarioKart game (I’m terrible at it)

  33. I would love Starbucks!! I’m a Starbucks-aholic if there is such a thing. I also love Mario Kart! I never played it as a kid, but I had a Wii once and loved it with the real life wheels!

  34. Melanie

    Yay! You won! Congrats! You TOTALLY deserved to win. I voted of course! As for your giveaway…..Wholefoods baby! So I can eat like you :)

  35. Cindy

    Whole Foods. And good job!

  36. Congrats!!! I love mario kart and I would love a wholefoods gift card!!

  37. Shani

    Sorry your shoulder hurts and that the Bears lost thurs. Keeo up the great work!

    Target please….

  38. susie

    I have been reading your blog since the beginning and it just keeps getting better! Sometimes what you write makes me laugh out loud:) Best of luck with the upcoming 5K!!

  39. Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I hope you get the opportunity to KILL your 5K!! You have been training so hard, and you deserve to do well. I love that your so wears a helmet outside. I thought for sure my boys were the most random kids around, but now it sounds like they may have competition ;)

    I would LOVE a Starbucks card!

  40. Allison O

    i will have to remember the real life mario kart game for my kids. they would love that! As for the giftcard choice, I would have to go with Starbucks to help support my addiction to pumpkin spice lattes : )

  41. JIll

    congrats to you!! I would a Target gift card.

  42. Heather

    Aw, congrats to you! That is so awesome!! And seriously with the real life Mario?? Why have I never thought of that!?!?! I want to go home tonight and immediately play with my 6 year old daughter. yessssss!!!!!!!

  43. Amy

    Can’t wait to hear about your final weigh-in! I’d have to go with the Starbucks Card.

  44. Mindi

    I would love a Starbucks or target gift card.

  45. Wendy

    I would say Target. Congrats on making it through Biggest Loser (sorry about the pain though :( no bueno) Any other “competitions” coming up you are going to sign up for?

  46. I would love to win a Whole foods gift card

  47. Nancy

    Starbucks!! Great job on the 5k:)

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  49. Thanks for a great giveaway! I would love a Starbucks gift card as it’s usually on
    ly a treat for me!

  50. Starbucks! Love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Starbucks :) Thanks for the giveaway and congrats!

  52. Anna S.

    That real life version of Mario Kart sounds so fun! And a good workout! I would choose the Target gift card :)

  53. Skyler J

    I’d love a target gift card!

  54. Tough call, but I’d go with Whole Foods.

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