BIG NEWS & our first FIT Freebie contest!



Living Fit [Columbus] will be partnering with lululemon athletica Polaris [also known as PTOWN] to host a Thursday night social run!  The group runs will begin MAY 8th, and will be promoted as ptown run club.  Come join us and bring a friend!


Have we told you how excited we are?!

We are ecstatic!

To celebrate, we are doing our very first giveaway!  LIKE + SHARE + JOIN&CLICK!  

To enter, complete the following by MAY 8th…

1.  LIKE Living Fit [Columbus] on Facebook

2.  SHARE one of the following…

    • SHARE this post from Living Fit Columbus’ Facebook page to your timeline or a friend’s timeline OR
    • SHARE a fitness-related photo on Instagram and tag it #livingfitcolumbus – if its a running pic, feel free to also tag it #ptownrunclub

3.  JOIN&CLICK – Attend one (or more!) of the following & join in our group photo session…

    • lululemon athletica fun FIT session this Thursday, April 24th @ 7:30PM at the Polaris store; get some new gear & discuss your FIT goals
    • our group meetup at the Capital City Half Marathon on May 3 @ the post-race 13.1 mile block party; more details to come
    • ptown run club kickoff run on Thursday, May 8th @ 6:30PM in Town Center lot, Historic Dublin; more details to come

May FIT Freebie includes…

  • lulu reusable lunch tote (choice of red or teal)      
  • $5 Starbucks card  
  • #livingfitcolumbus or #ptownrunclub momento
  • Honeystingers organic energy chews

Winner will be announced on Friday, May 9th on our blog @ and our FB page.  So get going… Like, Share, & join us for a CLICK!


Disclaimer:  contest is only open to readers within the United States.  Living Fit [Columbus] has not earned commission or kickbacks on any of the giveaway items.

Saturday morning group run

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Come sweat with us!

Our Living Fit Columbus running group will be meeting tomorrow morning for an 8-10 mile run.

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  • When ~ Saturday, April 12 @ 9AM
  • Where ~ meet @ Starbucks in Historic Dublin and run the Dublin Rd trail
  • Mileage ~ Most of us are training for the Cap City Half Marathon.  Beginning runners will cover 8 miles while  intermediate runners are encouraged to do 10.


Cap City Half Marathon updates…

  • Register soon!  It may sell out!
  • Join our team #LivingFitColumbus when you register (sorry, no incentives, just social support!)
  • Read our weekly post from earlier this week on Training Tips for the Final Month
  • Coming soon – an interview with David Babner, Cap City Half Race Director

 See you in the morning!

Living Fit… on the beach // Mexico 2014

Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air” -lululemon manifesto

Don’t mind if we do!

We haven’t been writing much this week, but still living fit… in MEXICO! Swimming, lots of walking (slower paced sight seeing as well as some beach walks), and even got in a long run. And don’t forget, chasing around a toddler, that is a workout in and of itself!

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My mom spoils us with a “big” spring break trip every few years so this year it was my husband, son, brother and mom. We stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort called Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen. It was amazing! It was minutes from the downtown/Fifth Avenue area, so great if you like being close to town. The only down side to this was it wasn’t prime location for beach front property… you could view the ocean, but the beach was very narrow and not swimmable. Didn’t bother us much though as the pool area was PERFECT and since we were traveling with a 14 month old, the pool was more ideal than a sandy beach anyhow. We spent a lot of time just walking around and exploring the beaches, shopping and hispanic culture.

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The all-inclusive aspect was great with a toddler because food was available 24-7 with no lines or long wait times. BUT that means unlimited access to food, beverages and lots of calories. Oh well! #balance

However, there is no rest for the weary & no such thing as “down time” during vacation as both a mom and fitness lover/blogger! We spent a ton of time exploring and also some dedicated “work out” time….

  • Saturday – arrived, casual walk on beach
  • Sunday – 7.5 mile “run” on beach with my mom, training for the Capital City Half. PHEW! We did a slower pace, but got in a HARD workout with all the elements – sand, wind, jumping over ropes and rocks, wading through shin-high portions of beach… good training for an adventure race! If you aren’t on the beach, you could run on the street or even in the halls of your hotel. In Vegas once, I ran for 45 minutes down the hall, down the stairs, back up the stairs, repeat [it was WAY too hot to run outside and the hotel gym was $25 per day ~ no thank you!]. We used to route our course in case our Garmins didn’t get accurate signals along the coast.

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My boys started and ended the run with us, but played and relaxed while we were out doing the hard, sweaty work. 🙂

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  • Monday – 20 min water aerobics, casual walk
  • Tuesday – 30 min workout @ gym (arms and cardio intervals) – if there is no gym, do some intervals in your room!
  • Wednesday – 2 mile walk in town; my mom did a one hour bike tour while I did 15 minutes legs poolside (squats, lifts, lunges… yes some people gave me looks, but doesn’t bother me!)
  • Thursday – 3 mile run on beach, 1.5 mile walk
  • Friday – 2 mile walk in town, 15 min water aerobics/laps
  • Saturday – all good things must come to an end! 😦 Travel day = REST day
  • Sunday – long run back at home (8 miles)

Throughout the week we also did a LOT of activity with this little guy including beach walks, soccer, dancing, and well…. just keeping up with a toddler that literally NEVER stops moving!

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This is our third time visiting Mexico and we fall more in love each time we visit. I could definitely get used to the beach life.

Adios!  Hasta luego!




21/21 ~ COMPLETED 21 day Jump Start Challenge!

I’m a little behind in posting… my 21st day of the challenge was actually Sunday, but it has been a BUSY week!  It is the week before Spring Break so lots of ‘cramming’ going on at school and we are trying to prepare for our family vacation next week.  Fun, fun!!!  

If you’re just tuning in, here are some links to the first two phases;

Click HERE to see DAY ONE and my Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Journey.

Click HERE to see phase two.

21 Day Challenge – overall results & personal thoughts —> 

Successes!  FeetOnScale2Reasons maybe YOU should try a fitness jump start…

  • You will lose weight.  I lost 5.5 pounds total during the 21 day challenge.  After 14 months, I AM FINALLY DOWN TO MY PRE-PREGNANCY WEIGHT!  That in and of itself is enough to justify the time, money and sacrifices I made!
  • You will lose inches. Mine ~ Chest = 2.5 inches, Hips = 1 inch, Waist = 1 inch.
  • You will learn to eat cleaner. I now try to grab more veggies, fruit and protein when I’m feeling the need to snack (previously I used to grab anything carb or crunch related!)  “Go-to snacks” included carrots, hardboiled eggs, bite of peanut butter.   Learned to eat protein at each meal.  Learned I can order a one-pump Starbucks (instead of the FOUR they put in a grande!) latte.  I don’t like the ‘skinny’ artificially flavored one, I like the real deal, so one pump saves a lot of sugar!
  • You will become more focused on your FITness goals.  Having the support of others in the group, knowing you paid money, tracking your diet & exercise… these reasons all help to motivate you to eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water, get more sleep and DE-STRESS!

Challenges:  Things to be aware of…

  • You may get headaches (in the beginning).  This was common among several group members, your body is essentially going through withdrawal from sugar & caffeine!
  • You may be a bit tired (and if you’re like me, cranky!) during the detox.  This is lessened if you can get a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours.
  • You may feel weak during long cardio workouts.  I found it difficult to not eat carbs during half marathon training and I think some of my runs suffered.  Up your (low GI) carbs, especially in the AM, if you are training for a distance race.  These include veggies, especially squash, and sweet potatoes.  I even added in some oats or Ezekial bread before my long Saturday runs.
  • For me personally, working full time and having a 14 month old has its challenges when trying to find mommy/workout time!  The pic below was taken while trying to capture my ‘AFTER’ photos… you can see for yourself!

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 During the ‘after’ photo shoot – happy, but clingy!

I’m not really into putting selfies of myself in a sports tank all over the internet.  No judgements to people who can/do, I just choose not to because #1, I work with high school students and #2,  I’m not quite where I want to be!  I hope to take a family photo on vaca this week and post to my ‘weight loss journey‘, since I’m finally down to my pre-preggo weight.  Overall I am extremely happy with the results and I am excited that I met my goal.

If you are debating signing up for your own ‘Kick Start’ challenge of any sort (Whitney’s, Advocare, etc) and want to see my results, email me and I’d be happy to share!



My promise to myself after meeting my goal was to buy one cute/work outfit and one running outfit.



Reward outfit #1 [for work]

Dress, Old Navy & Scarf, Francesca’s… only $25 total!


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Speaking of which, more exciting news on lulu coming soon!  Stay tuned! 


I may have splurged on a chocolate dessert… who can resist Cadbury mini eggs?  Everything in moderation 🙂


 Have you done a fitness jump start?  What was the outcome?  

Find your BEST YOU ~ start TODAY!!!



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