Join @GildenOnline #EspirtdeShe 5k/10K Race #CaryNC on 5/13 + #EDSCary Registration Discount Code

Today’s #WellnessWednesday share is for ladies only. Ever wanted to participate in a 5K or 10K that celebrates all women? Well now’s your chance to register for the 5th annual Gildan Esprit de She Cary 5K/10K run happening May 13, 2017! 

This race draws inspirational female runners–including a two-time heart attack survivor, a woman running with her twin sister to come back after pneumonia, an amputee, and many others. In fact, since it’s the day before Mother’s Day, many moms and daughters have participated, including one mom running with her 5-year-old, and three best friends running with their three 15–year–olds. Here are the details:

Gildan Esprit De She – The Spirit of Her Race
Series – returns to Cary, NC 
for 5th annual 5K/10K run 

Registration open
for nation’s premiere fitness event series for women, 
hosted at Koka
Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 13

 Inside of every woman – no matter what
age – lies the spirit of courage, determination, strength, fearlessness and
power – you just have to let her out. As the nation’s premier designer event
series for women, there is a race for every pace and passion. And, you’re
invited to
Gildan
Esprit de She 5K/10K
Cary presented by Burt’s Bees, happening May 13, 2017 from 7am-noon
at the
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
just 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh.

From fashionable freebies to the signature
Bubbly Bar, treat yourself to a designer experience celebrating
the spirit of her in the company of
truly inspirational women.

It’s a morning that includes a designer race
experience, high value participant gear, Lifestyle Market including the post-race
Bubbly Bar and more!
Whether
getting in shape, setting a good example for your kids, or challenging yourself
to reach a new personal best–r
unners,
joggers and walkers, you won’t want to miss Gildan Esprit de She presented by Burt’s Bees Cary, NC.

This event begins with a timed 5K or 10K run and ends
with a post-race lifestyle market of festive proportions. Participants salute
their success with a drink at our signature Bubbly Bar and enjoy healthy eats
and energetic live music while enjoying the popular Beauty Bar powered by
LifeSpa and the many experiences brought to life by our event partners.

Produced by LifeTime Fitness, Gildan Esprit
de She presented by Burt’s Bees is teaming up with top national brands to give
participants an unforgettable race experience. The generous support of title
sponsor Gildan, presenting sponsor Burt’s Bees, and sponsors J. R. Watkins,
Lorissa’s Kitchen, Experience Life!, Athlinks, LifeSpa and Gatorade Endurance
make this event possible. In addition, charity partner, Girls on the Run of the
Triangle, will be participating in the event and collecting donations.

To
register: 

http://espritdeshe.com/cary-nc/register/

Cost per registrant ranges from $25-$45
per person depending on race

 About Gildan Esprit de She – The Spirit
of Her Event Series: 
Gildan Esprit
de She – The Spirit of Her Event Series is the nation’s premier designer event
series for women offering a race and fitness event for every pace and passion.
Hosting events in 10 cities across the United States, Gildan Esprit de She
hosts 5K/10K fitness-inspired “happy hour” runs, weekend runs, Triathlons
Duathlons and in-club fitness lifestyle celebrations, all with the signature
Gildan Esprit de She Lifestyle Market. Owned and operated by Life Time
SM
– Healthy Way of Life, the series was founded in 2013 and is currently in its
fifth event season.

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/EspritdeShe/

https://twitter.com/EspritdeShe

https://www.instagram.com/espritdeshe/

Snapchat UN:
espritdeshe

Hashtags:
#EspritdeShe and #EDSCary

 

SOBESAVVY TIP: For those of you who want to join in, I am providing my readers with a discount code to use. Register NOW and get $5 off  when you enter this code: SavvyCaryGEDS17 

If I didn’t have a Mother’s Day weekend getaway planned, I would have enjoyed this. Please have fun and run for me ladies! I am there in spirit. 

Thanks for reading and feel free to share the discount registration code!


Hey #FitFam, check out my #FitnessFriday Book Review ’60 Second Sweat’ by @pjstriet

Overindulged on Valentine’s Day and looking to start a new great workout/nutrition regime? Then you should check out the revolutionary book entitled “60 Second Sweat” by Patrick Striet who is the owner of Live Fit Cincinnati.

There are a million “workout books” out there but none quite like 60 Second Sweat. It proclaims that you too can get a rock hard body one minute at a time. Patrick’s approach is two fold. Not only does he show the reader how to get a rock hard body 1 minute at a time with High Intensity Interval and metabolic resistance training. Just as important he lays out a sensible AND realistic nutrition {not a diet but a lifestyle nutrition change} plan to those who seek to not only lose weight and gain muscle but more importantly to maintain it over the long term. Eating habits must change if you are to maximize results.

What I loved most about this book is that Patrick has numerous pictures with real people showing how to do most of the moves. This visual is essential to make sure you have the correct form and posture to get the most out of the workouts. I followed some of the routines but the warm up was first.He spends time going through various warm ups. These warm ups also work specific body areas, so it is like a 2-for-1 !

Below I am doing two of them. This one is called the “Cat/Camel”

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This next one is the “Bird Dog” which activates your rear end and shoulder muscles. Trying to get my Flotus arms !

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These are just two of the many warm ups that slowly get your body ready for the workout and reduce injury or strains.

He splits up the workouts to different quadrants of the body. Upper, Lower and Core. So readers can concentrate on all or cherry pick what they want to focus on. Patrick also has a myriad of ” Metabolic Blast Exercises also to get the heart pumping faster. He encourages beginners or those who had a long break from working out to step up and try his program out. You do not have yo have a gym membership either. Some dumbells and a power band and you can perform the vast majority of exercises in the book

Below, I am using the “Dumbell Front Squat, which is a lower Body Exercise. Each one he has put a little blurb to tell the reader specifically what each exercise is for. This one strengthens all the muscles in your hips and thighs !

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This is a workout book for life, not just a goal. A friend of mine called and said after the amazing Valentine’s day she enjoyed, she was looking to get back in tip top shape. I immediately put her on to this book. ” I am starting that book tomorrow so I can come back like those Patriots did in the Superbowl”!

You’ve enjoyed the roses, chocolate and champagne, now it’s time to gift yourself or someone else this book as gift for wellness and health…. all in 60 seconds !

@ArgoTea offers 24 ways to Celebrate #NationalHotTeaMonth with New Garden Direct Collection

​January is Hot Tea Month and I wanted to let you know that Argo Tea, known for its all-natural tea-based signature drinks and loose-leaf teas, has introduced its most premium offering yet with the Garden Direct Collection. The new line includes 24 single estate teas that are sourced from the world’s premier tea growing regions, including India and Thailand. Each bottle features a design inspired by regional art, flowers and iconic patterns of the specific country where the tea was grown. The suggested retail price for each loose-leaf bottle varies from $10.95 to $39.95. 

This innovative collection was made possible because of the solid, long-standing relationships among Argo Tea and the various tea growers in each region. With a variety of flavors and levels of caffeine, ranging from popular pure teas like First Flush Darjeeling (Ambootia Tea Garden, India) to undiscovered teas like Hong Cha (Fang District, Thailand) or Sejak (Jeju Island, South Korea), the range of the collection provides unique offerings for all types of tea enthusiasts. I received the following Garden Direct teas from my friends at Argo Tea to sample :

Chamomile Blossoms – Grown in the Nile Delta at low altitude, this classic herbal tea exhibits a light, floral sweetness that is perfectly balanced by earthy undertones. * This is an herbal tea that I enjoyed having at the end of the day. I let it steep for about 6 mins and added just a little honey. I appreciated having it in its blossoms form as I believe that is what gave it the earthy, floral taste as described. These premium teas definitely lived up to my expectations. 

Armenian Mint – Delicious and refreshing, Armenian Mint tea revitalizes the mind, body and soul, naturally without caffeine *This one I have not tried yet but the smell of it is so inviting, invigorating and yes minty! I plan to enjoy this after my yoga practice. As a lover of exotic teas and blends, I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on my IG /Twitter @SobeSavvy   Stay Tuned!

“We literally traveled to all ends of the earth to source the best single estate teas for our Garden Direct Collection,” said Arsen Avakian, founder and CEO, Argo Tea. “Our partners not only make some of the best teas but also share in our commitment to making an impact on their communities. We’re proud to work with these world-renowned growers and are passionate about sharing these exceptional pure teas with enthusiasts everywhere.” 

 

About Argo Tea

Since brewing its first cup of tea in 2003, Argo Tea has quickly become a household name and leading multi-channel, branded beverage company. Its ready-to-drink teas in Argo Tea’s iconic bottles are now available in over 30,000 outlets nationwide through partnerships with premier retailers that value its brand-defining commitment to quality, sustainability and healthy living. With nearly 50 Argo Tea cafés globally, it has established a brand building marketing platform that serves over 10 million cups of tea annually fueling its innovation. Argo Tea’s menu includes all natural-tea based signature drinks, over thirty varieties of loose-leaf teas, premium coffee, fresh-baked pastries, specialty foods, and a selection of tea ware and accessories. 

There are so many health benefits to drinking tea daily and Hot Tea Month is the perfect time to try Argo Tea. All Garden Direct varietals are available for purchase online and in the majority of Argo Tea’s Chicago and New York City area cafés. For more information, please visit www.argotea.com and follow the brand on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram @argotea

Savvy Tip: During National Hot Tea Month, Buy 1 get 1 50%off  loose tea cannisters. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50

Enjoy!

#FitnessMonday Alert! Free Rides @CycleBar ‘s new studio #CaryNC #AlstonTownCenter ~Sign Up Today!


A month ago I shared my review of Cycle Bar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere. Well guess what Cary residents, a new one is opening Thursday, Jan. 19 in the new Alston Town Center at Route 55 and I-540 – just in time to help locals stick with their healthy New Year’s resolutions.

As part of its grand opening, the boutique fitness studio is inviting the community to try a CycleBar class for free from Jan. 19 through Jan. 29 – offering a total of 2,500 FREE rides! The classes are an awesome 50-minute workout for all skill levels and ages. To take advantage of one of the free rides, registration is required and offered first-come, first-serve starting Jan. 9 at alston.cyclebar.com/schedule.

“CycleBar®’s invigorating and multi-sensory classes bring a new type of personalized workout experience for locals of all ages and fitness levels,” said Joseph Cece, local franchise owner. “I am proud to bring this energizing and community-centered boutique fitness opportunity to Cary this month!

 

The 2,300-square-foot boutique studio, owned by avid cyclist and former CEO of Global Knowledge of Cary Joseph Cece, will offer riders a low-impact and high-intensity exercise method. CycleBar® offers a pay-per-class model, with no membership necessary. Concierge service and amenities include free towels, water bottles, showers, lockers and shoes.

The dynamic classes take place in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre® and are led by CycleStar® instructors who take participants through a 50-minute high energy ride. The CycleTheatre® features tiers for 48 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth. Riders can also track performance data via CycleStats® and can download music used in the class session. After class, riders cool down with fresh fruit and water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.

CycleBar® also does more than just help people stay in shape, it gives them the opportunity to work out to support a cause through philanthropic CycleGiving® events that regularly take place at the studios. In 2015, CycleBar® supported Susan G. Komen to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, the American Heart Association to raise funds for heart disease research and prevention and The Movember Foundation to raise awareness for men’s health and well-being.

Stay up to date and follow CycleBar Alston on Facebook . Feel free to spread this #FitnessMonday news and share that CycleBar is opening in Cary, NC plus giving away Free Rides! Sign up before the seats are all gone and be sure to tell them know Leslie at SobeSavvy.com sent you to Rock Your Ride!  

#WellnessWednesday : Gym Bag Swag Giveaway #bandeodorant #AD #totalrefresh #SobeSavvy

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am a member of a gym (shout out to LifeTime Fitness) and I love going to Zumba!  It’s a fun cardio workout and with any great cardio class comes alot of sweat. That’s why when I heard about Ban products and how they help you stay fresh, I figured I’d add some new swag to my gym bag!

I learned Ban Roll-On Deodorant ($4.99),  offers 24 hours of invisible protection against odor causing sweat! The formula that glides on easily contains Ban’s breakthrough technology, which specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) stress odor that other
antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. I usually opt to use a solid vs a roll on, but
am excited to put Ban to the test!

Did you know that Ban has a product that will help your skin feel smooth and silky, not wet and sticky after a workout? It’s called Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.29) which work to slick away excess body sweat with just one wipe ! This would be great for after a workout or a touch up throughout the day and fits perfectly in a purse.

 
Thank you Ban for sending some samples to giveaway to some of my Zumba peeps. I put together this Ban gym bag essentials duo and surprised a few ladies with some new gym bag swag of their own!

Like I always say….Friends who sweat together, stay fresh together! 

No matter where you go this season – whether it’s work, running errands or to the gym– Ban products promises to help you stay fresh and smelling clean all day long! Choose from Unscented
for sensitive skin, Regular for a light and clean floral fragrance, Powder
Fresh
for a classic powder scent, Satin Breeze for a feminine touch
with green and citrus notes, Fresh Cotton for a refreshing floral heart
with a hint of fruit, and lastly Simply Clean for fresh and powdery
amber notes with hint of peach nectar! 

For a full list of scents and additional information, visit www.feelbanfresh.com.  

#TransformationTuesday spotlight on @CB_BrierCreek Premium #IndoorCycling in #Raleigh #CycleBar

Looking to transform your body into a healthier you and have fun while doing it? Well CycleBar Brier Creek is just the place! I had a chance to check out a few of their spin classes at their premium indoor cycling studio located in the Brier Creek Shopping Center (next to AppleBee’s) and let me tell you it’s like a party on a bike with all the benefits of an awesome workout.

When I started going to CycleBar late November, everyone had the same question: Is it crazy intense ? My reply: it is intense but you would be crazy to not challenge yourself! That’s what a great cardio fitness workout does. Working out shouldn’t be something you dread – it should calm your mind, elevate your mood and revive your senses. That is what they do at CycleBar with fitness classes that feel part sanctuary, part concert.

With spinning, the instructors known as the CycleStars, guide you and suggest how intense you can go. However, you go at your own pace and adjust to what you feel comfortable with. No need to feel intimidated..it’s just you and your bike. The atmosphere is so fun, they want you to enjoy it so you will come back and rock the ride each and every time.  Coming to CycleBar Brier Creek has helped me stay on track with my fitness goals! 

Here is some background on CycleBar Brier Creek: 

  • It’s fairly new..just opened April 2016. The bikes are state of the art!
  • All ages and skill levels are welcomed.Owner, Christie Meyers and her team of CycleStars go out of their way to provide great customer service. It’s quite the family atmosphere!
  • This premium indoor cycling studio offers a one time 30 min Free Intro session, 50-minute rides and 75-minute rides. They offer special deals and packages at affordable prices.
  • Amenities provided such as locker room and toiletries for riders to use,free shoes, complimentary water bottle and snacks. 
  • This is not your average spin class – they offer different kinds of themed rides such as our Hip Hop/Rap ride, Wine Down Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays, Happy Hour on Fridays and Sunday Brunch..complete with Mimosas!


CycleBar is expanding throughout the Triangle and getting a new studio in Cary, NC. The Alston location will be giving away free rides and has some fun Grand Opening things planned. Be sure to sign up here to stay in the know! Follow @CB_ BrierCreek on Twitter/Instagram, hashtag #cyclebarbriercreek to see what the CB Nation is up to and stay informed at CycleBar.com ! 


Although Brier Creek is not that close to me, I like the convenient schedule they offer every day of the week and that there are no memberships…you just pay as you go. Now that you know what to expect, why not sign up HERE for a First time ride free 30 min session or use promo code “FreeRide” and get one 50 min complimentary ride. Be sure to stop by their CB boutique where they have plenty of Cycle Bar fitness apparel for you to rock your ride in style! 

PS ~You still have until the end of today, midnight EST to enter my giveaway for a 3 ride pass to take 3 free spin classes at Cycle Bar Brier Creek ! 

Dont’t wait…Get your resolutions and transformations started now. Good luck! 

Have you ever been to a spin/indoor cycling class ? Share your experience and Comment below if you would like to MEET ME at THE BAR..Cycle Bar that is! 

#SobeSavvy Reviews @GreenGooHelps #Organic #Skincare #Beauty #HolidayGifts

​If you are wondering what to get for the person that has everything, I always offer this Savvy Tip: give a gift that is good for the person’s health and for the environment. You can never go wrong with an organic product promoting self care as a holiday gift! 



Green Goo ‘s organic skincare line, owned by women & family operated, provides pure, natural and healing ingredients to nourish skin. Green Goo believes in using only the highest-quality, natural, beneficial ingredients the earth has to offer… food for your skin! These products are being used with the Mandela Foundation for their portable hospitals, with World Vision for their Somalia team helping with wound care and even John Hopkins. Your purchase and gift will contribute to offering clean products around the globe ! These natural products come in a variety of travel packs that are perfect for anyone on your wish list. Here are a few that would be good for the Travelista, Outdoor Enthusiast, Fitness Buff , New Mom or Anyone in your life !

 Skincare Travel Pack

Traveling can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your face clear and radiant with this travel pack.

  • Lip Balm – Comes with Citrus Zest and Sweet Honey 100% all natural lip balm to nourish, protect and hydrate cracked lips.
  • Face Wash –Cleanses and nourishes skin while preventing blackheads and pimples.
  • Skin Repair –Naturally treats puffy eyes, dark circles, minor burns, scars and wrinkles.
  • Solar Good –With 30 SPF sunblock and 40 minute water resistant, you’ll stay moisturized and protected.

 First Aid Travel Pack

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Stay prepared while traveling with this handy kit.

  • First Aid –Portable First Aid offering symptom relief replacing more than 20 of your traditional first aid products including cuts, scrapes, sunburns, bug bites, even poison ivy and cold sores!
  • Dry Skin – Soothes extremely dry skin such eczema, psoriasis and hot, itchy flaky rashes and makes for a great heat to toe moisturizer.
  • Skin Repair –Treats sunspots, wrinkles, and scars with aloe Vera and vitamin E and a nightly anti-aging facial moisturizer.
  • Pain Relief –Helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain and sprains.

 






Outdoor Travel Pack

Perfect to bring to all outdoor activities: backpacking, biking, climbing, camping, skiing, rafting, and gardening and more.

  • First Aid –For dry cracked hands and feet, insect bites, poison ivy and cuts.
  • Pain Relief –Helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain and sprains.
  • Lip Balm –100% all natural lip balm that nourishes, protects and hydrates cracked lips.
  • Bugs Be Gone –An outdoor bug spray repellant that keeps mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas and ticks away.

 

Deodorant Travel Pack

Stay confident through all of your traveling adventures.

  • Available in 4 different scents Lemongrass & Sage, Rose & Geranium, Lavender &Thyme, and Unscented.
  • Infused with calendula flowers.
  • Provides maximum odor protection.
  • Anti-fungal, anti-yeast and anti-microbial.
  • Aluminum-free.
  • Arrow root used as antiperspirant. 
  • Pure essential oils for aromatherapy. 

 

Mama & Baby Travel Set

Moms everywhere love this travel set. It has everything they need and can be easily thrown in their purse or diaper bag.

  • Belly Balm -Great for stretch marks, dry skin, itchy skin.
  • Baby Balm -Treats baby acne, soothes diaper rash and  gently moisturizes from head to toe.
  • Nursing Cream -For breastfeeding moms who need to soothe their sore and tender nipples.
  • Sitz Bath Tea Bag -Relax with a delicious cup of tea, it’s an ideal treat for postpartum care.

Any of these products in the travel sets can be purchased individually at www.greengoohelps.com and make great stocking stuffer gifts! 

I enjoy using the Lavender & Thyme Deodorant. It has a fresh scent, fits perfectly in my yoga bag and gives natural odor protection anytime , anywhere! For all of you who plan to be in the gym as your New Year’s resolution, this high performance 100% percent all natural deodorant will have you fresh & dry all day!

Lastly, I must tell you how much I love their lip balm and suggest you buy some now to get those lips ready for those kisses underneath the misletoe! I don’t want cracked, dry lips EVER especially during the cold months. I tried the Southern Butter Do It Naturally! Lip Balm and my lips feel so nourished and moisturized from all the natural ingredients in it such as: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter. It has a slight vanilla and cinnamon smell which are known to be aphrodisiac scents.Needless to say, my husband loved it too! Like the label says, it’s intoxicating !

What kind of organic beauty products do you plan to buy for yourself or others this holiday ?