• I’m Off to NYC for the Reebok ZQUICK Launch

    February 4, 2014

    Hi, guys!

    I’m actually on a train to New York City right now. My friends at Reebok (through Fitfluential) invited me to their ZQUICK launch event tomorrow morning, so I’m heading down for the night so I can be there bright and early for all of the activities.

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    Rumor has it that the event will be complete with music, obstacle courses (so attendees can test out the ZQUICK shoes), and celebrity appearances, including Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman. Remember when I saw her at the airport and totally geeked out? I hope I get to chat with her tomorrow! The event sounds like a lot of fun, right? I am really looking forward to it!

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    Ok, so I bet you’re wondering what these ZQUICK shoes are all about, right? Here’s a little summary and video from Reebok:

    ZQUICK takes inspiration from Z-rated sports car tires, which are rated for speeds in excess of 149mph. Essentially, ZQUICK provides the same speed and handling for your feet.

    The key to good handling tires is maximum ground contact; in tires it’s called a contact patch. It’s the amount of area in contact with the ground.  More area is better for handling and the more surface area means more distributed force and better grip.

    For handling we also wanted to take into account the dynamics of the foot itself. Your foot changes in dimension when you put weight on.  When your foot is completely weighted, it’ s about 5mm wider than when it’s in the air.  That’s your own naturally handling feature.  Your foot spreads out on impact to distribute force over a broader base.  To accommodate for that natural handling feature we built slashes into the bottom unit that go all the way to the lasting board so that your Z-series shoe spreads with you.

     

    And, of course, I’ll be sure to report back all about the event and what I thought about the ZQUICK shoes. And there may or may not be an associated giveaway on CNC too! {wink wink}

    Health News & Views

    A lot of us struggle with sugar cravings—myself included. In the past, my cravings were so out of control, they wreaked havoc on my mind and body. I was tired, cranky, and dealing with acne breakouts—it wasn’t pretty.

    Since then, I’ve managed to gain control over my sugar addiction, but from time to time, I fall into patterns of overdoing it on sweet treats (who doesn’t?). Instead of letting these occasional dessert binges take over my life again, I fight back with a few key strategies, which ultimately prevent my cravings from spiraling out of control.

    Here are some of the ways I cut sugar from my diet, and I hope they help you, too!

    5 Sneaky Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

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    Questions of the Day

    What is your #1 favorite pair of sneakers?

    Do you have any sneaky ways that you deal with sugar cravings?

    P.S. Be sure to enter my special blog birthday giveaway to win one of SIX $200 gift credits to Stitch Fix! I’ll pick SIX winners on Thursday!

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    Annie Atherton February 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Right now my absolute favorite shoes are my bright pink nano 2.0s. I want to wear them all day everyday, but I try to keep them as my shoes for CrossFit :)

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life February 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hope you have a great time in NYC! I try to schedule treats as well. I usually go out to eat on the weekends with friends, so knowing that later in the week I’ll be able to treat myself helps me stay on track during the week. But I also believe in treating myself just because, so if I’m really craving something, I’ll have a small portion, knowing it will always be there or I can make/get more.

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    Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens February 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the tips to beat sugar cravings! I’m still working on that post holidays and post birthday ;)

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    Shel@PeachyPalate February 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Lots of cinnamon! I make sure to use it when I’m eating a bowl of fruit too to ease the impact on my blood sugar levels! I try and stir away from nut butters and other otherwise healthy foods that have added sugar as I find if I have a bit I just instantly want more! Chromium is a great supplement for people to take if they’re really finding it hard!
    Nano’s, 3.0 or 2.0…I can’t choose a favourite between the two!

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    Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) February 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Have a safe trip to NYC + enjoy the event. :) NYC is beautiful now…but oh-so-cold. I had blast shoveling out my car yesterday! and supposedly I should have to do it again in the am. #notfun.

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    Livi February 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Looks like fun! I hope you don’t get stuck with snow!!

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    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run February 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Lucky you – have fun!!

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    oh gosh I need help with sugar cravings, I have such a sweet tooth!

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    Simone February 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    My fave shoes are my New Balance Minimus WT10′s. I feel like I should get lifting shoes for CrossFit, but I just love my trail runners too much even during the WOD! I have a black/pink pair and a bright teal pair and I’m pretending they’ll never wear out. :)

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    Ashley @ Brocblog February 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Im obsessed with brooks pure cadence for running but I am looking for a new xt shoe.

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    Annette February 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    OMG…I cannot wait to see your post on this event. I just got an email from Reebok about these and I think I love them. My favorite shoes right now are my Mizuno Wave Runner’s, super comfy and I dont get shin splints as bad anymore.

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    simply h² February 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I love my Nike Free Runs, although they stopped making the exact make of my first pair. I’ve bought another pair since then and the flyknits, but I’m looking forward to adding the new flyknits to my collection soon!

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    Lindsay February 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Fave shoes: My trail running Merrell’s! With the slick Hawaiian earth on trails here in Oahu and beach workouts, those lightweight gems have been awesome! I just caught up on the Get Healthy Challenge, and this gal needs MORE WATER!!: http://simply2suitcases.com/2014/02/same-me-stronger-ill-be-jan-27-feb-2-get-healthy-challenge-update.html.

    Thanks for the sugar reminder, I’ve been reaching for unhealthy things a lot this past week, time to kick it back in gear;)

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    Elizabeth @ Positive Change February 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    You are going to have a blast!
    I love the Wave Riders by Mizuno!
    If I am eating something sweet like fruit by itself I can usual start to crave other sweets, so I pair it with some PB or Greek Yogurt to lessen the sweetness and add some staying power!

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    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com February 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    if I feel the urge to binge/overeat on something that isn’t so healthy or when im not really hungry…I brush my teeth. nothing tastes good after brushing your teeth so it helps me stay away from food when I really shouldn’t be eating

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    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I’m participating in the Reebok ZQuick campaign through Fitfluential, and I’m so excited to get my shoes!! Have so much fun!

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    Jackie February 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I need a lot of stability and support in sneakers by I’m known for stress fractures!

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Asics Gel Nimbus are the only shoes I wear! Have a blast in NYC!

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    How FUN! Sounds like a super fun event! I’m excited for a potential giveaway… ;)

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    Emily at Transitional Objects February 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Many thanks for the timely reminder concerning sugar consumption; mine has been out of control lately…

    Safe travels to NYC — looks like great fun!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Love, love, love those sneakers! My favorite are the Nike Free sneakers but I am completely sold on ZQUICK!

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    Elisabeth February 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I’m definitely a New Balance girl – favorites are the 860s and 1080s.

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I am looking forward to trying out these shoes! They look awesome.

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    Caitlyn February 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I’m fighting off my sugar craving as I write this. Have a blast in New York!

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    April February 5, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I try to drink something like Crystal Light (1/2 packet usually) that will fill me up with the water and satisfy that sweet craving. I am trying desperately to quell the sugar monster right now so these tips are great!

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    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com February 5, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I actually avoid eating sweet stuff, even fruit, on it’s own as this seems to trigger a sugar high then a crash, so I want more! Straight after a meal seems to be much better and keep me on a more even keel. I also schedule treats – it’s nice to have something to look forward to :)

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    Jenn@ Mark My Miles! February 5, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I’m so excited for you! You better believe that I will be following your Instagram today to “geek out” with you!!! Hope you see tons of celebrities and have a wonderful day. Baby Haupert is a lucky guy to be doing all these things with you ; )

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    Deborah Singer February 5, 2014 at 5:58 am

    LOLed at the video. Pretty good. Loved the huge black guy crying over his sneakers in the end! You know, I don’t have a fave pair of running/gym shoes or sneakers. I’m just happy when I can find a pair that fit that don’t come from the kids dept! I wear a size 3! Impossible to find anything adult sized 3 hahaha.

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    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Are you able to get to the event this morning? I was supposed to go as well, but am iced in (North Jersey)… our jitneys aren’t running yet so I don’t have a way to get to the train. Boo. :( If you make it, can’t wait to hear about it!!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape February 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

    My husband and I are currently saving up for a pair of nanos each- I just know that they will help so much with CrossFit!

    If I crave sugar, a date always satisfys me and more! If it’s a natural sugar like fruit etc, I never feel bad about wanting it.

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    Emily February 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    went to high school with aly!

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    Deb February 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    What fantastic tips, I love the one about not having a sweet treat until after dinner time, best idea ever, I’ve never heard that one before. My sugar cravings tend to hit after lunch & if I start eating sweet stuff then I keep on going in to the afternoon! Thanks for a fab article.

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