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And You Call Yourself a Mechanic

Today’s Workout

  • Biggest Loser Boot Camp

This mornings Biggest Loser boot camp was moved indoors because there is still a heat advisory in Chicagoland. I was happy because it was a tough workout, and I sweat like crazy. Classy, huh?

Afterwards, I was super hungry so I made toast with peanut butter, egg whites, and peach Greek yogurt. And coffee. There’s always coffee.

I’ve been writing down everything I eat in a full size notebook (compared to the little one that I usually use) because I have to turn it in each week for the Biggest Loser contest.

Forget computers and apps to track what I eat, I’m so high-tech, I use a four-color pen. Must be the 90′s lover in me.

Late this morning, we went to hang out at the pool while the air conditioning in my car was being fixed at the car place. I have been borrowing my brother’s car for a few days to drive the kids around because it’s been so hot.

We swam at the pool for a few hours. Well, I mostly lounged at the pool and read magazines while Danny and the kids swam.

 Doesn’t Danny look like he’s dying?

A little ducky found his way into the pool, and decided to take a quick dip to cool off.

I liked watching the duck. I am easily amused by such things.

After the pool, we stopped by the store to grab a few things for dinner, and then went to pick up my car. The ride home from the car place is about 10 minutes long, and the car DID NOT blow cold air once. The air conditioning is still not working. I was so mad. We just paid $950 for nothing.

Danny called, and of course they’re closed until Monday. I’m going to have to bring the car back in which is going to be a problem because I have to give my brother his car back tomorrow. This sucks, and I’m not happy.

I did get a little good news today, though. I finally got my check from the Spring Weight Loss Challenge that I did.

It’s for $125. I paid $80 to join, so that’s a $45 profit just for losing weight. Not bad.

We’re off to try a new frozen yogurt place tonight. Maybe that will make me feel better about my car problems. Probably not.

Don’t forget to enter my Cheribundi cherry juice giveaway! Ends tomorrow night.

Questions of the day:

  • Have you ever wanted to punch a mechanic in the face?

That’s all.



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Cheribundi Cherry Juice Giveaway

I have been hearing a lot about the benefits of cherry juice lately. Most recently, I was reading Self magazine and came across this little blurb on cherry juice.

Cherry juice is great for runners because it has anthocyanins which reduce inflammation.

I was pretty intrigued by cherry juice because I have never really heard about its benefits until recently. I contacted Cheribundi, and they agreed to send me a case of their different varieties of cherry juice.

Ever Dr. Oz featured cherry juice on his show.

Cherry juice is a great antioxidant drink, and  it helps with pain relief, acts as a sleep aid, and fights heart disease. I already love cherries, so I had no problem jumping on the cherry juice wagon.

The first flavor that I tried was the Skinny Cherry. I drank it along side my bagelwich and watermelon. As someone who is trying to lose those last few pounds, I love that there is only 90 calories in the whole bottle.

My favorite cherry juice to try was the Whey Cherry flavor, because I’m always looking for ways to get extra protein. I drank this one after a BodyPump workout.

8 grams of protein in 8 ounces! Perfect for an after workout snack. I love that it tastes good and has that tart flavor. I often find that most juices are too sweet, so I love the tartness of this cherry juice.

The Cheribundi flavors include:

  • Whey Cherry
  • Ginger Cherry
  • Tru Cherry
  • Skinny Cherry
  • Cacao Cherry

Cheribundi is also giving one reader their own 12 pack sampler of cherry juice to try!

To Win:

  • Tell me what flavor of Cheribundi cherry juice you look forward to trying.
  • Like Cheribundi on Facebook. Comment and let me know you did.
  • Follow Cherbundi on Twitter. Comment and let me know you did.
  • Like Run Eat Play on Facebook. Comment and let me know you did.

Lots of ways to win!

Giveaway will run through Sunday July, 8th. I will post winners Monday morning. US residents only, please.


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Stretch Island Fruit and Skeeter Snacks Giveaway

I’m always looking for new and healthy snacks for my kids to eat, especially during the summer when we’re always on the go, and I need easy, yet healthy, snacks to throw in my purse. Recently, Stretch Island Fruit sent me some fruit rolls and fruit strips to try out.

When the box arrived, Jacob and Jaden were super excited to dig into the snacks (especially Jaden!)

As a mom, I love that the Stretch Island Fruit products are made of all-natural fruit and contain 1/2 to 1 full serving of fruit each. The kids just love them because they taste good.

And they’re not just good for kids. I love to throw a few of these in my purse for a snack for myself, especially when I’m craving something sweet, which is, let’s face it, all the time.

In addition to the Stretch Fruit Island snacks, I also received some cookies from a new company called Skeeter Snacks. These are great for a pre-portioned dessert and the best part is that they are completely peanut-free. Every cookie is peanut-free and the Skeeter Snacks facility is completely nut-free. The company was started by two dads with nut-allergic kids. You go, dads!

These cookies are perfect for Jacob because he is allergic to peanuts. Luckily, his allergy isn’t extremely severe, but they are a lot of kid’s whose peanut allergies are severe. But these cookies are made in a completely peanut-free facility. I love it! Maybe if my brother’s lucky, I’ll share some with him because he’s allergic to nuts too.

I actually plan on hiding the SkeeterDoodle cookies for myself. Snickerdoodles are one of my all time favorite cookies! And despite the name, the don’t contain any Snickers or nuts. And the nutrition facts really aren’t that bad. 170 calories for two cookies – perfect for an after dinner treat.

The kid’s ate the chocolate chunk cookies and loved them. I may have taken a bite…

The best part? How about a giveaway so that you can try your own Stretch Island Fruit and Skeeter Snacks?!

There will be three winners.

  • One person will win an assortment of Skeeter cookies
  • Another person will win an assortment of Skeeter cookies
  • One person will win an assortment of Stretch Island Fruit rolls and strips.

To win:

  • Comment and tell me what your favorite cookie is.

Extra Entries:

  • Subscribe to Run Eat Play and tell me in the comments.
  • “Like” Run Eat Play on Facebook. Tell me you did.
  • “Like” Stretch Island Fruit on Facebook. Tell me in the comments.

It’ that easy!

The giveaway will run through Thursday night, and I will post winners on Friday. US only please.



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Nuun Giveaway

As I mentioned before, Danny and I are doing the Muddy Buddy in July. I also mentioned that I was applying to represent Nuun in this year’s Muddy Buddy.

Previous Muddy Buddy pics:

Nuun is a tab that you add to your water that is full of electrolytes but has no sugar or carbs and is only around 4 calories.

I recently found out that Danny and I were selected to represent Nuun this year! Yay!

Unfortunately, since we were already signed up for the Muddy Buddy, Nuun was unable to reimburse our fee. (Darn!) But I still received a box of Nuun goodies and shirts to wear for the Muddy Buddy.

We received two water bottles, two technical shirt, and eight tubes of Nuun.

I actually really love that my shirt is pink. Our team name is the Dirty Swines. Get it? Swines. Pigs. Mud. Muddy Buddy. Yeah, I thought it was clever too.

So, it works out that the shirt is pink. I love that it’s a technical shirt, and luckily, it fits perfectly.

The package from Nuun included eight tubes with 12 tabs each, and I still have Nuun at home that I purchased. That’s a lot of Nuun, so I decided to have a giveaway with two tubes of the Nuun. I believe in sharing the wealth, and will ship out one tube of Nuun to two winners!

To Enter:

  • Tell me in the comments which flavor you would love to try: Citrus Fruit or Tropical?

Optional Entries:

  • Like Run Eat Play on Facebook. Comment telling me you did.
  • Like Nuun on Facebook. Comment telling me you did.

The giveaway will go through Monday, and I will post the winners on Tuesday. US residents only please. Good luck!

Stay tuned for some more fun giveaways coming soon!


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Mix1 Protein Shake Giveaway

Good Evening!

Recently, I was contacted by Mix1 to try out their all-natural protein shakes. I’m always looking for ways to add protein to my diet and for a post-workout snack.

What really sold me on these shakes is that they just came out with a lean performance shake that has only 90 calories and 9 grams of protein! That’s better nutritional stats than my normal post-workout chocolate milk.

Ftom the Mix1 website:

mix1 products contain only the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients including whey protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants, soluble fiber and healthy fat. We use the right balance of these ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body before a workout, after a workout, or throughout your day.

I had the vanilla mix1 lean performance drink after BodyPump this morning, and not only is it low-cal and high protein, but it actually taste good. I don’t care if something has a bunch of protein and low calories, if it doesn’t taste good, I don’t want to eat or drink it.

The regular mix1 shake has 190 calories and 15 grams of protein. Danny drank the chocolate flavor after his workout, and he said he liked it.

Now on to the fun stuff! The nice people at Mix1 are giving away a four pack of mix1 protein shakes and a t-shirt to two lucky winners!

To enter:

  •  Tweet something along the lines of “I can’t wait to try out @mix1″ Comment and let me know you did.
  • Like Mix1 on Facebook and comment on their with something like “RunEatPlay sent me over to check out Mix1!” Comment and let me know you did.


  • Comment below and let me know what your favorite thing to drink is. It could be anything: water, Powerade, soda, etc.

Other stuff:

  • Giveaway only open to residents of the continental US.
  • Giveaway runs until Monday.
  • If you’re a winner, please contact me within 2-3 days after winners are posted.


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Van’s Power Grains Waffles + A Giveaway!

It’s no surprise how much I love Van’s blueberry waffles. I eat them all the time.


Well, I recently discovered that Van’s just came out with a Power Grains waffle that has 10 grams of protein per serving! That’s great for someone like me who doesn’t eat meat (I do eat fish occasionally), and is looking for ways to add more protein to my diet.

Van’s was nice enough to send me some coupons so I could try out their Power Grains waffles, as well as their new English muffins and muffin crowns.

You better believe that I hauled my butt to the store asap to pick those up. I was able to find the Power Grain waffles and English muffins at Dominick’s.

I went to Target to get the wild blueberry muffin crowns. I love muffins (especially blueberry!) but I don’t always love all the calories in a normal size muffin. The Van’s blueberry muffin crowns only have 110 calories.

On Friday morning, I made the Power Grains waffles for breakfast. I added a tablespoon of low-cal sugar on top.

180 calories and 10 grams of protein for two waffles! 205 calories with the syrup.

While they were cooking, I smelled cinnamon. I checked the ingredients, and sure enough, cinnamon was listed. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. I was kind of expecting these to taste “healthy”, but they were good. They didn’t have an overpowering cinnamon taste, which I liked. I like cinnamon, but only a slight cinnamon flavor. And they were nice and thick like the blueberry waffles.

I think these would be awesome with peanut butter and fresh blueberries. I’m going to try that out next time.

I was also super excited to try the honey wheat English muffins.

Nutrition Facts:

I made mine a sandwich with two egg whites, a slice of provolone cheese, and some raspberry fruit spread. Delicious!

This sandwich will definitely be making its way into my daily breakfast rotation.

I’ll be trying the muffins soon, and will let you know how they are.


Van’s was nice enough to send a lot of coupons, and I believe in sharing the wealth, so I will be choosing two lucky winners to win a coupon good for a free Van’s product.

The first winner will get a coupon good for one free Van’s 6 or 8-count Waffle Sticks, Pancake, or French Toast Sticks.

The second winner will get a coupon good for any one Van’s 4-count Muffin Crowns.

How to Enter:


  • Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite breakfast food is.


  • Like Run Eat Play on Facebook. Leave me a comment saying you did.
  • Follow me on Twitter. Leave me a comment saying you did.

That’s it! Three easy ways to enter!

Other stuff:

Giveaway runs until Wednesday night. Winners will be posted on Thursday. Please contact me within 2-3 days if you’re a winner. These coupons expire at the end of June, so I want to get them mailed out asap. US residents only please.

Good Luck!


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Skinny Pop PopCorn Giveaway

Last week at my weight loss challenge meeting, one of the other women mentioned Skinny Pop Popcorn. Being a huge popcorn lover (Danny and I eat popcorn almost every night), I had to check it out.

Skinny Pop has no artificial anything and only 39 calories per cup!

For a serving of three and a half cups, that’s only 135 calories. And it’s healthier than microwave popcorn. It only has three ingredients: all natural popcorn, sunflower oil, and salt.

The best part: it tastes delicious. I will definitely being switching from my almost nightly microwave popcorn to Skinny Pop.

Skinny Pop was generous enough to send me some Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Lots of Skinny Pop Popcorn. And I believe in sharing the wealth, so I am going to personally send three bags to three lucky readers. (US only, please).

All you have to do to win is comment on this post and tell me what your favorite snack is. It’s that easy! So comment and enter. I will pick three winners on Monday!

Don’t forget to check out the Skinny Pop Facebook page and my Facebook page!


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