Friday, July 18, 2014

10K Training Week 1

Disclaimer: I received free samples of Energems for review, as always all opinions are my own.

I finally started training for a 10K this week! I had decided back in June that I wanted to run one and I found one nearby in September.  I have been a major slacker lately with running and working out so I started off with RunDouble’s Zero to 10k (distance) plan. 

I used their couch to 5k plan a few years ago and absolutely loved it! They also have a 5K to 10K plan, but honestly I haven’t run in so long I don’t think I could run a whole 5K right now! Plus, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and quit… I know myself well!

This week was 3 runs with 8 repetitions of running 175 yds, followed by 260 yds of walking.  It was admittedly pretty easy, but I still felt good about getting out there again! My best time for the 1.84 miles of intervals was 23:00.

I also alternated my running with some Burn to the Beat workouts by, Keaira LeShae on Lionsgate's BeFit Channel

The series debuted June 24, and takes viewers through four ten-minute workout sessions incorporating key elements from dance, cardio and strength training. New episodes of Burn to the Beat premiere every Tuesday with a second round of new episodes set to debut in the fall.

This workout, Cardio Fitness Party, was my favorite one but they are all great! Keaira is like this little ball of energy and her workouts are quick, fun and effective!

I was also super exhausted this week, so I tried out these Energems to give me a little energy boost before workouts and runs.  Energems are bite-sized chocolate gems that are packed with b-vitamins and caffeine. They really did the trick and each one is only 15 calories! My favorite flavor was the mint, but they also come in chocolate and peanut butter – yum!

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Overall it was a great week and I’m looking forward to the next one!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Menopause the Musical at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Disclosure: I was invited to Foxwoods to see Menopause the Musical, as always all opinions are my own.

Friday was easily one of the most fun days of my life! My sister and I headed up to Foxwoods Resort Casino in the afternoon for an overnight stay.  We were checked-in quickly by the friendly staff and pointed in the direction of our room in The Fox Tower.  We opened the door and we were immediately blown away by the view.

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A beautiful forest, as far as the eye could see! It was something you would expect at the end of a long hike! And, if we looked straight down, we could see our next destination – The Fox Tower Pool- where Liquid Sundays takes place.

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We scored some chairs right in the water and ordered some frozen drinks – a raspberry lemonade and The Blue Fox (a pina colada with blue curacao.) I was in Heaven!

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After our super relaxing afternoon, we headed back up to the room to get ready for dinner at David Burke Prime.  David Burke Prime features a contemporary steakhouse menu with meats handpicked by Chef David Burke himself, and dry-aged on the premises in a salt-tiled aging room.

Everything about our dinner was amazing.  The specialty cocktails (A Summer Sangria and a Dirty Double Cross Martini), the cow-hide booths, the excellent service, the classic rock playing in the background and the food. O.M.G. the food. I think it took us a good half an hour to decide what we wanted to order because we wanted EVERYTHING!!!

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I finally decided on the surf & turf special for the night – a Petite Bronx bone-in filet with a lobster served out of the shell served with asparagus and short-rib risotto.  I literally almost cried it was so delicious!  My sister ordered a grilled lobster and was also very happy.  Oh, and did I mention they served pop-overs instead of bread before dinner? I freaking love pop-overs and haven’t had a good one in so long! Then, they brought over cotton candy with our check – how fun!

Afterwards we headed over to The Fox Theatre for Menopause the Musical! Now, I have to admit, although I am a huge fan of the arts and truly enjoy and appreciate live entertainment, I was a little bit skeptical that I would really relate to the show having not gone through “the change” myself. I was quickly proven wrong.  The show was HILARIOUS! I loved all the parodies of hit songs they did. My sister and I had huge smiles plastered on our faces and we were cracking up the whole 90 minutes.  These women were great! They could act, they could sing, they had great comedic timing and were awesome at interacting with the audience! They even invited all the ladies who had gone through “the change” up on stage at the end to join them in a kick line.  What a great experience.  Even the men in the audience were enjoying themselves!

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Menopause The Musical®, now in its thirteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest--‐running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Luxor Hotel and Casino. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S.cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.

We ended our night with a cocktail at Paragon, located on the top of the Grand Peqout Tower.  They were getting ready to close but the staff was friendly and fun.  It was the perfect way to end our perfect day!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Bluefish to host Brakettes in a Battle of the Sexes Game!

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(Bridgeport, Conn. – June 25, 2014) – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that they will host the Stratford Brakettes softball team on Monday, July 14th at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in a Battle of the Sexes Game. The game will be a nine-inning contest played under fast pitch softball rules.


“What a fun, exciting and unique opportunity,” says Bluefish General Manager Ken Shepard. “The Bluefish are pleased to team up with the Brakettes and look forward to the first of hopefully many Battle of the Sexes games.”


While unique, this is not the first time that there has been a Battle of the Sexes game between professional baseball and softball teams. The Chicago Bandits, a member of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) softball league, have played in four of such games and currently hold a 3-1 record against the boys. This will be the first time that the Brakettes will be facing a professional baseball team in their organization’s history, however it is not the first time that a Brakette
player has faced a professional baseball hitter. Legendary Brakette pitcher Joan Joyce faced Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams in a charity event in Waterbury, CT back in August of 1961 and struck him out.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Stratford Brakettes,” says
Brakettes General Manager Bob Baird. “This will be the coolest matchup since Brakette legend Joan Joyce struck out Ted Williams at the charity event. It should be a fun night for the Brakettes, the Bluefish and the fans of both teams.”


The Stratford Brakettes are currently one of the longest running competitive softball teams in the United States as 2014 will be their 68th year of softball competition and have won 28 national A.S.A. (Amateur Softball Association) Championships in their history. They have produced 22 National A.S.A. Hall of Famers and 13 Olympians during their existence as well. Currently, the Stratford Brakettes are an amateur team that feature some of the best collegiate and post-collegiate players in the nation and will host the Sixth Annual Women’s Major Softball National Championship in August at their home stadium, the Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford, CT.


Game time will be on Monday, July 14th at 7:05pm with
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard gates opening at 6:05pm.


All Box and Reserved Seats will be sold for $10 and there will be special group and suite rental rates. Tickets for the game are available by visiting the Bluefish ticket office, calling (203)210-BLUE, or going to www.bridgeportbluefish.com

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