Pickled Peppered Turkey Recipe + Winner

Posted September 27, 2013 By electrafi

With no further a’do, the winner of the Sports Bra Giveaway is ….

Kerri Olkjer! (For following @UAWomen on Instagram) Congratulations!

Please email me at electraliontis@gmail.com with your preferred bra, bra size (cup and band and S/M/L/XL), address and excitement! Open-mouthed smile

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Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…. Winking smile

Who else did all those silly tongue twisters when they were younger? That’s exactly what I think of when I say Pickled, Peppered Turkey!

Some of the best recipes I’ve come up with were recipes with odd combination ingredients put together when I was missing ingredients for one of my go-to recipes. I was missing my usual zucchini or celery that I add to ground turkey. What did that lead me to find out? Sweet peppers, pickles, and spicy mustard flavors REALLY, really complement each other! Accidental awesome anyone??

Pickled Peppered Turkey

Makes four servings:

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz ground turkey (I use 93% lean)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2-4 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • Spices to taste: Sea-Salt, Pepper, White Pepper, Dill, Italian Seasoning Blend, Dried onions
  • 2 pickles
  • 4 mini sweet peppers
  • Non-stick spray or oil

Directions:

  1. Mix ground turkey, egg, spicy mustard, mustard, spices together.
  2. Cut up pickles & sweet peppers.
  3. Add pickles & peppers to ground turkey mix.
  4. Spray or oil pan and put mixture into pan on medium high heat.
  5. Cook until browned.
  6. Makes four 4-oz servings.
  7. Serve with sides (Pictured here with green bean “fries” and a sweet potato with coconut oil.)

Note – Cooking covered with a lid leads to meat that is slightly more moist, cooking uncovered leads to meat that is slightly more browned. I personally prefer cooking this recipe uncovered!

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Muscle Ropes Workout

Posted September 23, 2013 By electrafi

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend so you’re ready to kick off this week with a bang Muscles Ropes Workout! Winking smile If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you  know that through my relationship with FitFluential, Muscle Ropes sent me the Cyclone Muscle Ropes to enjoy, and enjoying them I am!

As a side note before I get into the nitty gritty about the muscle ropes and share my killer workout with you, I was super impressed by how the rope was coiled up in the box when I received it. As a test, I tried to put it back in the box after using it to see if I could neatly coil it up like they did, and let’s just say it looked like the box shrunk and didn’t fit the rope in it anymore! Those are some talented distributors! They sent me a Cyclone rope, but they have many different ropes (all made in the good ‘ole USA – which is a huge deal for me!), including different size muscle ropes (for all ages and athletic abilities), climbing ropes, giant jumping ropes. I can only imagine jumping rope with a giant rope! Muscle Ropes is a small business that sells almost 30 miles of rope every year. 30 MILES OF ROPE!? More than a marathon of rope every single year! The rope has held up to the workouts I’ve done, and the handles seem to be very high quality, which is huge since many ropes lose their handles quick.

Anyone who has done a high intensity workout knows that 30 seconds – 1 minute isn’t a quick as it seems. This rope takes that to an entirely different level. 20-30 seconds flies by you say? Grab a muscle rope and you might think differently! Winking smile That’s not to say it’s not a blast, because I’ve had fun incorporating this piece of equipment into my workouts. I’m guessing you’ve seen a rope, often called battle ropes, lying around your gym or fitness studio, or being used in a crossfit box or on TV. The Biggest Loser uses muscle ropes, as do many branches of the military. It’s fun to watch someone utilize this piece of equipment, but until you try it, you don’t realize how deceivingly challenging they are. It’s like a pistol squat or some of the interesting core exercises I’ve posted. They don’t look too challenging until you actually do them and FEEL. THE. BURN. right away! It’s fun to incorporate something like this into your workouts every now and again because it challenges you, recruits different muscles, makes you more functional, and brings in variety, which keeps working out and sweating fun!

All of you know I am a total glutton for punishment, and I’ve taken it to an entirely differently level with this exercise above. What could get better than muscle rope burpee slams!?!

Now tell me that doesn’t look like a blast! Sweating and working out can be quick and fun. I am a huge proponent of being able to get a good sweat in almost ANYWHERE. This piece of equipment has been added to my “home gym,” which is mainly all functional workout pieces – I’ll do a post on my favorite at-home workout equipment soon! It’s a great addition to many workouts and can be used pretty much anywhere there is a pole or steak that you can wind the rope around. I am not a proponent of no-option workouts. I do have some gym-specific workouts, but the majority of the workouts I create and share with all of you are workouts that you can pretty much take and do anywhere with just your bodyweight or minimal equipment. Living a healthy, fit, active lifestyle shouldn’t be a chore or something that has to be rigid. It should be fun, and incorporate different ways of getting into shape.

All of that being said, let’s get down to the workout so you can get sweaty and get on with your day! This workout requires a space you can stretch the rope out, and some good ‘ole determination! Open-mouthed smile Make sure you get a really good warm-up in, and make sure to focus on form. With the muscle ropes, form is especially important, and it’s important to make sure you protect your back and joints. Anything high impact can effect your joints and back, and yes – you want to do the exercises quick, but you want to make sure you focus on doing the exercises CORRECTLY first. Form always comes before speed. Keep yourself in good alignment and THEN rock some quick reps out!

Ready to go?!

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Muscle Ropes Mash-Up Workout

12 x 30/30

(12 Rounds with 30 second intervals – 30 seconds all out back to back with 30 seconds of rest)

Alternating Waves

Rope Slams

Reverse Lunge Waves

Jumping Slams

Jumping Jack Squats

Burpee Slams

There are 6 exercises, all exercises are to go in order of the circuit with the timer 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest, and will all be repeated twice. You may think you won’t need 30 seconds of rest, but even after the first exercise, you’ll appreciate the equal rest to exertion!

Explanation of exercises:

  • Alternating waves: Overhand grip. Alternate waves on from each hand, keep back straight, head in neutral position, slightly squatted down with your glutes engaged, weight on your heels.
  • Rope Slams: Overhand grip. Slam ropes down – both hands together, same position as above.
  • Reverse Lunge Waves: Overhand grip. Alternating waves with alternating reverse lunges. Keep good form as stated above, if you have to slow your waves down some that’s ok!
  • Jumping Slams: Overhand grip. Jump squats with a rope slam when landing, same form as above.
  • Jumping Jack Squats: Underhand grip, jumping jacks with ropes coming up while landing in an wide squat, jump back up and into standing position, same form as above.
  • Burpee Slams: Burpee down to your belly, jump up and do a rope slam on your way down landing from the jump up after the burpee, same form as above.

Equipment Used:

Muscle Ropes has more fun workouts for you, and you can ask them any questions on their Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. I’m always up for questions too, and LOVE hearing from all of you! Jess created her own Muscle Ropes Workout, and Kasey created another Muscle Ropes workout as well. They’re both fun and it’s nice to know you have a lot of places to get inspired, both of those ladies rock! P.S. Even if you don’t have muscle ropes, you can do this workout by modifying it to the simpler exercises without the ropes! Don’t feel left out! Open-mouthed smile

Mondays are always magical, a new beginning. MAKE your monday a wonderful day, smile at someone random, help someone out, get your sweat on! And as always, I love to hear from you!

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Favorite Workout Style

Posted September 20, 2013 By electrafi

Do you know about the Sports Bra Giveaway I have going on that ends tonight? Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a free sports bra OF YOUR CHOICE from Under Armour!

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You all know I LOVE quick and sweaty workouts! Quick, intense, sweaty, and I’m ALL over it.

Do you prefer to have a specific prescribed workout like this one …

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Or mix-it-up, pick-your-own type workouts like this one…

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Like I’ve said, I have some awesome things coming your way in october and just want to make sure you’re loving it as much as I think you will!

I’ve done a 5 minute count down of burpees, and I’ve done a 600 burpees in 6 days challenge. Loved every second. BUT I am definitely a self proclaimed glutton for punishment! ;-)

P.S. Try those workouts above and give me some times & reps!!

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  • Do you prefer specific prescribed workouts or mix-it-up, pick your own type workouts? Or a mix of both?
  • Are you a glutton for punishment too?
  • What are some of your favorite exercises you can’t live without?
  • Any fun plans for this weekend?
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Best Sports Bra

Posted September 15, 2013 By electrafi

Ready to talk boobies? First I just want to tell you quickly how proud I am of all of you that are killing the workouts I’ve been posting here but mainly on Instagram. I am honored you let me into your lives and homes and gyms and work so hard at these quick and sweaty workouts. Keep rockin’ it, september is just a warm-up. I’ve got some AMAZING stuff in the works for october with tons of goodies for all of you – you’re going to love it!!

I posted a shout-out to a few rockstars who have been giving it their all. I am proud of each and every one of you. Keep doing your best! Open-mouthed smile

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Let’s talk about the tatas. Let’s talk about them bouncing. And let’s talk about how it’s so hard to find a sports bra that gives you the right support, no matter what size you are.

Through my years of playing competitive sports and working out, I have tried many-a-sports bra. Heck, my teammates and I in high school used to compare sweat marks on our sports bras to decide how hard we worked that day. I’ve talked about sports bras with many ladies at many different stages of life doing many different workouts. What comes up in every conversation? It’s so hard to find a bra that’s cute AND holds the ladies in. It doesn’t matter if you’re barely an A, somewhere in the middle, or tipping over the D sizes, you HAVE to support the ladies. Working out does SO many good things for your body, your health, and your life. Working out also puts stress on the tatas. And supporting them is MAJORLY essential if you don’t want to have to support them even more as time goes on, if you catch my drift. Winking smile

While I was in Baltimore at Under Armour headquarters, I was lucky enough to meet the lady behind the bras. Holy moly, she is awesome. She’s totally gorgeous, fashionable and gets that us women love cute bras, but she doesn’t care how cute a bra is if it doesn’t function as well. She said our tatas health is her MO. I can get on board with that. She explained that every style bra she makes is made specifically for a type of movement, there is low-impact, mid-impact, and high-impact. She was adamant that low-impact sports bras are ONLY for yoga, pilates and sleeping, no matter how small you think you might be. I’ve been wearing a lot of low-impact style bras for plyos. EEK! That has stopped. She said mid-impact is for lifting, group classes, and high-impact is for running, jumping, plyometrics. We can all guess which levels I should wear – I LOVE my plyometrics. Which level should you be wearing? Even though you know a certain brand has quality bras, that doesn’t mean you know which style, cut, or cup style is best for you (I didn’t!).

That’s where The Sports Bra Quiz comes in.

I took the quiz a couple times, because I wish they had more options for the type of exercise you do (ie: plyos/circuit/cross-training option) – but I found that I fall into a mid-impact or high-impact sports bra, depending on my exercise for the day. Two of my favorite sports bras are the mid-impact that I’m wearing here during my Under Armour Workout:

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It’s called the HeatGear Sonic Bra – who else loves that bright lime color? The other is the Armour Bra or Armour Protegee Bra. I tried the Armour Protegee bra (which is Miss Kelly O’s favorite bra in the world) for the first time at the headquarters, and to be completely honest with all of you, I saw the bra and was like NO. WAY. Zip up front? For working out? Um. Not a fan. At all. Ick. But fine, I’ll try it. I’ll be a good sport.

Then I wore it to work out in.

Then I decided it’s majorly awesome. And then decided I need not judge a sports bra by its cover. Both the armour bra and the armour protegee bra lift the tatas up, no smashing noted <—thank goodness hm?

Sometimes my ladies get sore after working out if I’ve done a lot of high-impact plyometrics or sprints – anyone else? <—hope I’m not the only one! I put these two high-impact bras through the ringer and back, and my ladies felt like I was taking a walk in the park. Are they the cutest bras in the whole world? No, but they’re classic and THEY WORK. When I’m looking for a little more fashionable workout spunk, I turn down the plyos a touch, and wear my HeatGear Sonic mid-impact that comes in tons of prints and colors.

P.S. I’m always transparent & honest: My friends at Under Armour sent me a bra free of charge. Don’t you worry – all opinions are my own – I have a very firm disclosure policy and I never work with anyone or share anything with you that I don’t believe in 100%. Promise!!

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My friends at Under Armour love all my readers so much that they want to give the chance to win a sports bra OF YOUR CHOICE to one of you! Now that’s what I’m talking about. I know that’ll light a fire under your behinds to go take that quiz – it’s super short – only three clicks!

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(P.S. Don’t forget to come visit me every day this week and tweet about the giveaway… you’ll get an extra chance to win! Yippeeee!)

This giveaway starts on Sunday, September 15th and will end at midnight CST on Friday, September 20th. A winner will be announced the week of Monday, September 23rd. There will only be one winner. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their style selection, size and shipping information, otherwise I reserve the right to pick a new winner.

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9/11 Remember Workout

Posted September 11, 2013 By electrafi

9/11 Remember Workout is a full body workout with 9 reps of 11 exercises. Normally I prescribe a certain number of rounds, but today I want you to do as many rounds as you feel it takes to push yourself and to make yourself better while remembering those that cannot do the same today. The anniversary of 9/11 is a great reminder to tell those you love what they mean to you. Working in the ER I am reminded daily that life is uncertain at times. Today is a global reminder not to take anything for granted. Motivation and inspiration for me changes depending on where I am in my life. One thing that never stops motivating me is the thought of someone who lost a part of their body or function of a part of their body helping others, and thinking of this never fails to motivate me to do more. There are people wishing and praying they could move the way you can – makes me remember not to take our functional ability for granted, and to push harder!

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter , or Pinterest , TAG @electrafi & #911RememberWorkout today after doing this workout or moving in whatever way you do today! Let’s remember and support together today, I’m looking forward to all of you joining me!

Today’s Takeaway?

Remind those you love what they mean to you & don’t waste a minute – be what you dream of, starting NOW! Open-mouthed smile

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  • If time and money were of no constraint – what is your biggest dream?
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Move and Eat Whole Foods

Posted September 10, 2013 By electrafi

In my opinion, through my research, from experience, I believe that inactivity and overfeeding are two of the worst things for your health and body composition.

  • Keep yourself active – in a way that’s enjoyable to you.
  • Eat enough, but not too much.

There is no one that can be inactive and overfeed and stay healthy. The body is meant to maintain, to survive. It is very possible to change that set-point through proper exercise and nutrition. If you’re worried about your health AND what you look like – some of my BEST advice is just to go get out there, move around, and make sure you don’t stuff yourself so you feel like it’s thanksgiving dinner every day. Eat whole foods with a lot of nutrients.

If you move and you eat truly healthy, your body will help you self-regulate. Your hormones will work back into a better pattern. You will make yourself a more well-oiled machine.

Need some inspiration?

Today’s Takeaway?

Move in a way that’s enjoyable to you & eat nutrient dense whole food.

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Quick Sweaty Labor Day Workout

Posted September 2, 2013 By electrafi

One of the things I’ve learned best from being an ER nurse, working crazy hours, having family & house responsibilities, having a website, working in the fitness industry all at the same time is how to fit in a good, quick sweat most days and how it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. I am happier, feel better physically and mentally, and am a better person to be around when I take even 12 minutes to sweat most days. My goal is to get in at least 20 minutes of sweating daily. Some days I compromise and it’s 12. Some days it’s an hour or hour and a half. Set yourself an approximate goal you know you can fit in. With the amount of time we spend on our computers and in front of the TV, I have found that finding 20 minutes to sweat it out is very do-able for almost everyone.

That being said, I work today so I’ve got to get sweating, and I know you want your quick and sweaty Labor Day workout so you can go #sweatitout before your holiday plans take place!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this when I posted it this morning. One of my favorite fitness gals, She Rocks Fitness said “40 burpees??? Seriously? Winking smile“. I love the online fitness community! We all know I’m a glutton for punishment, especially when it’s a quick, down and dirty workout. My take on it: If it’s going to be short, it’s got to be intense.

Post your times below!!

(P.S. If you join me this month with all the workouts I post, there may be some winners or featured friends! Stay posted! )

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  • Post your times from the workout above!
  • What are your labor day plans?
  • Do you prefer short or long workouts? Moderate or high intensity workouts?
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Live Your Passion

Posted August 30, 2013 By electrafi

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“Our intention creates our reality.” -Wayne Dyer.

I truly believe that if you are passionate about what you do, work hard, and give the best of yourself, you will be able to live the reality you desire. I believe that positivity, determination and love will take you far. I believe that a smile can make all the difference in the world. Embracing and respecting yourself while moving forward to better yourself is an amazing portrayal of strength.

Take action, know your intention, and make your passion your reality! If you don’t know where to start … let me help you. What is your intention in life? What do you feel your purpose and passions are all about? What would you love to spend your time doing if you had no responsibilities? You can make that your reality. First ask yourself that question, and then don’t sit idle. Take steps every day to make that intention your reality!

What is your biggest dream? It’s never to late to start! I believe you can do it!

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  • What is your biggest dream?
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Under Armour Workout

Posted August 27, 2013 By electrafi

Going into the amazing trip at Under Armour headquarters (If you haven’t read that post – start there!), I had no idea what to expect. The one thing I DID know was that we were scheduled for a workout first thing when we got there. THAT I was excited about. Under Armour has an awesome training facility (Combine Training) where we witnessed their employees coming in for workouts at all times of day – before work, during work, after work. I know I keep saying this, but the atmosphere they have cultivated at Under Armour is so inspiring, so healthy. Seems like every one of their employees took advantage of the killer facilities they have to put you through a sweat-fest!

They decked us out in UA gear for the workout (I can’t wait to tell you all about my favorite pieces!!)

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Chris Welch was our trainer. In his past life he was a motocross racer. Have I ever told you all I had about 3 years of my early teenage years where motocross racing was my dream? Well, if not – there’s a fun fact for you! Winking smile From everything we heard until we met him, we knew we were going to work our tails off. And that we did! But you all know I wouldn’t have it ANY other way! Maybe it’s my athlete days, or just that I am a competitive glutton for punishment, but if I’m working until I have no gas left in the tank, sweating into my eyeballs with every muscle burning – you know I’m having the time of my life!

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We slipped on Armour 39 bands. I have used polar heart rate monitors and a Garmin in the past, and holy moly. NOTHING compares to this bad boy. I am psyched to get my own. This workout monitor puts you through an assessment so you can find your maximum heart rate. We all know the “how to find your max HR” calculation: 220-age. This would put me in the 190’s. After doing my assessment, mine is actually 211. WAY off. Just not even 10 minutes into working with the Armour 39 monitor and it’s given me more information than any other workout gadget I’ve ever used has. Individualization is my MO, and this is going to blow the fitness world out of the water. I’ll have more info on all that later. Back to the sweat dripping into my eyeballs! Winking smile

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Kasey & I sprinting – LOVE the matching shoes & ponytails!Winking smile

The first 8-10 minutes left my legs feeling a little like jello. Even when I work out alone, I push myself hard. There is just a little extra in that tank though when you’re being motivated by an awesome trainer, your fitness girls, and a killer environment. I have bottled up that “little extra” motivation and brought it home to make sure my workouts here contain that “little extra.” Open-mouthed smile

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After our assessment and 1 minute 30 second ALL OUT SPRINT on the treadmills – I know, you’re saying 1 minute 30 seconds? That is NOTHING. Try it. Go 100000% and that “little extra” for 90 seconds & come back and tell me how those legs feel! – we went outdoors (MY FAVORITE!) to the turf outside of the UA Combine Training Center on a beautiful sunny day right on the harbor and got started on our circuit workouts. Like I said in my previous post, the sweaty circuit, interval, high intensity, sprints thrown in workout was right up my alley and I loved it! Ladder work (hadn’t done that since volleyball!), renegade rows, dumbbell swings (like kettle bell swings with a DB), sprints, bicycle abs, squats, rows, trx bands thrown in there, lunges, step-ups – you name it, we did it!!

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Grit through it! LOVE that feeling!!!

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PUSHHHH! Open-mouthed smile

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Surreal!

We finished it off with a little sprint football catches, what a fun way to cool down!

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It was amazing. We high-fived, boosted each other up, pushed each other harder than we thought we could go, it was both an individual and team effort and it reminded me how much I love being around like-minded people and being around the athletic team atmosphere. My entire life my best friends and I played sports and sweated together. I am so thankful that I still get to spend time sweating with people I am so lucky to have in my life and love sweating as much as I do!

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We broke it down with an #IWILL #ProtectThisHouse and a whole lot of sweaty smiles.

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Happy, sweaty face post workout. Looking at Armour 39 recap of my workout (it tells you your effort level! LOVE IT!) & sharing pictures with YOUUUU!

We then showered and ran off to a whole lot of “meetings.” These weren’t your average meetings, folks, all the Under Armour employees are AWESOME (there’s got to be something in their water!), and their future plans are out of this world. If you think they’re awesome now (which they completely are!), it’s only getting better and I am so psyched to be along for the ride! I can’t wait to share more next time!!

P.S. The AMAZING photography was done by Matt Ryb!!

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Does Your Face Glow?

Posted August 24, 2013 By electrafi

I know you’re as excited about more Under Armour details, and I promise I will continue with my Under Armour Headquarter recaps as soon as humanly possible, but there’s something that has been in the forefront of my mind recently that I want to share and hear all of your opinions on. I KNOW this is going to be a hot topic!!

So … does your face glow?

I don’t mean does your face glow because you take good care of your skin … we’ll get to that in the future. I hear so often that social media and all the gadgets used for social media isolate people. I hear so often that every ones’ heads are buried in their devices. Their cell phones, their tablets, their computers. We all know that blue glow on everyone’s face. Winking smile I want to take a second though and ask a provoking question. Is there by chance a reality that social media and our trusty devices CONNECTS us with others, especially likeminded individuals?

Take for example my recent trip to Baltimore with Under Armour. It was for social media, my cell phone, my camera, my laptop, online communities, online experiences that fostered all of it to begin with. If it wasn’t for our instant connectivity that spans miles and miles across our globe, I wouldn’t have made some of the best friends I have today. KatherineKasey, Christina, so many wonderful people have come into my life and it’s all stemmed from technology and social media.

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The three pictures above are of Katherine & I (well…the first one is of me flipping a tire ;-)). When the man and I took a trip out east, we visited Katherine in Maine. She is a total rockstar – powerlifter, strongmanlady competitor. She is such a great person and without the internet, I would have visited her, gotten to work out with her, flip tires & push SUV’s with her, and would have never connected with her – and if I hadn’t, I’d be missing out on the amazing friend she is!

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This picture above is myself & Christina in NYC, she lives in Toronto, Canada – a different COUNTRY than I do. We were brought together by FitFluential, the online world, our social media devices, and skype. How neat is that!

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Kasey and I are in the backseat here. Kasey and I have met in person a few times and we always say we’re sisters with different families. That is a rare friend find. Again – social media and techy tools for the win! The four of us met through FitFluential, an online fitness community you all know for which I am an ambassador. We all had the most amazing time together. One thing Heather said that stuck with me when we parted at the airport was “See you on the internet ladies!” And it wasn’t sarcastic. We will see each other on the internet, on social media sites, through using our laptops to skype, by talking on our phones or texting. We’ve become an unbreakable group with a bond that can’t be put into words. THAT was all initiated and fostered through technology. Tell me that isn’t awesome.

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Heather, Kasey & I getting out Armour 39 bands ready to play … you will definitely be hearing more about these ASAP. These things are the next big thing, let me tell you! We’re also able to use technology and our favorite blue glow to help us better our fitness levels. This is the three of us before our Under Armour workout!

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Workout + Sunshine + Amazing people + Technology = WIN!

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Tell me this isn’t all team work … sharing the UA experience with all of YOU! Without these devices … you guessed it. Another gap in communication.

And how else would I have shown you the inside of the Under Armour Brand House locker room?? I LOVE the I WILL on the walls!

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When we search for something through a hashtag, or join a community forum you enjoy, it’s like making the world a fishbowl and pulling out only those likeminded individuals. This doesn’t mean there won’t be differing opinions, but that’s actually the beauty of it all. This fosters communication, conversation, and can increase knowledge by sharing things to which you may not have previously have been exposed.

If it weren’t for this connectivity, I couldn’t have taken a screenshot of this post Under Armour Women (Instagram: @UAWomen) posted and shared it with all of you on MY instagram.

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[I am still in shock! That’s ME on UNDER ARMOUR’S Instagram. Unreal!]

With anything, there are cons. And yes, I do believe technology and our devices can hinder relationship and family time if you allow it to do so. If you’re responsible with your use of the amazing tools there are, they’re worth  it, EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. I do think there are days that it’s important to “unplug” and take time in person with those you love. That I cannot deny and I think it’s important to listen to that and prioritize it. I am very thankful though, to the social media gods for making tools that create that techy blue glow on all of our faces and bring us likeminded people together from places far and near!

^That’s me, where you’ll find me often! At my laptop, with that trusty blue glow upon my face, writing to all of you, putting together workouts, reading your comments (my favorite!), connecting.

Back to the Under Armour recap posts soon!! PROMISE! Winking smile

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Tell me…!

  • Does YOUR face glow?
  • Have you connected with others online that you couldn’t imagine your world without?
  • Do you take time to unplug?
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