A Heavy Hearted More FITNESS Half Marathon Recap

I ran the More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 14 and it is a day I will never forget. It will go down in history for me as crossing something off my bucket list that I have wanted to do for a very long time. Though it was my 3rd half marathon, it was the first time that I was running in an all women’s race and in New York City to boot. Two and a third loops of Central Park and I was done

I was so excited about writing this recap, but subsequent horrific and deadly events at the Boston Marathon the next day numbed me, left me unable to write this until now. It’s nearly a week later and my brain is still reeling, my heart is till very heavy. I have spent the past week since my half marathon stretching, doing yoga and walking. I haven’t ran yet, to be honest the ‘thought’ of it makes me a little sad rather than energizing me. I think my body was ready to run again on Thursday, but emotionally I just have not been ready to. On Sunday, I’ve booked myself in for an easy 5 miles. I’m sure it will do me some good both physically as well as emotionally to put the anger and sadness that I have felt post Boston behind me.

Besides the carnage, loss of life and senselessness of it all, the thing that really shook me personally was how  elated I was to have my family cheering me on at the finish line. Mr BAM, Mr P (5 years old) and Little Miss (17 months) were so happy to see me, and I them. I can only imagine how heartbroken it would be to feel responsible as a runner for the injury or death or your personal cheering squad. Mr BAM and I have since talked about future races. Would I expect to see them at the finish line? How would he feel about brining the kids to one of my races? It’s all still blurry but hopefully time will heal all.

The quote above was taken from Kathrine Switzer, the first women ever to official enter and run the Boston Marathon. I thoroughly recommend you read her book, Marathon Woman. It’s a phenomenal read for any woman facing societal challenges and striving to carve out her own path – I  promise, you don’t need to be a runner to enjoy this, strong women only! And if you are a runner then it is a MUST read to understand how easy we have it nowadays as female runners. I chose to share the quote because once upon a time, it was so true – the events in Boston have changed this, but hopefully as a community we will get back there.

Now onto the recap…

Free Blogger Event: Mother’s Day BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller Giveaway


Hosted by Mama Goes BAM and sponsored by Britax/BOB. The event will run for 2 weeks from May 1-12. One winner in the Continental US Only will win a brand new BOB Revolution SE valued at $360.00 in the exact plum color as pictured above. I will be writing up a review before the giveaway starts, but in the meantime you can vist the BOB Revolution SE page to find out more about this awesome stroller.

I am looking for bloggers to host the rafflecopter in exchange for a Twitter or Pinterest link on the Rafflecopter (please only one link per person). I will email the details for the post and the Rafflecopter link on Monday, April 29. Signups for this event close Sunday, April 28 at 8PM.

If you have any questions, please email me directly at ghada (at) mamagoesbam (dot) com and I will get back in touch as soon as possible.

Just fill out the linky below to be included and make sure that you include your email address, as that is my only way of contacting you with all the details for the event.

Thanks for joining!

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Dannon Danimals Smoothies Just got a Whole Lot Better

I recently received an invite from Dannons to attend a luncheon about changes to the Dannon Danimals Yogurt Smoothies for kids. My interest was peaked, as I’d recently gotten into purchasing the packages of smoothies as a quick last minute drink for my 5 year old before he heads off to a long day at school. He is a biiiig eater and where he puts the food I don’t know! But I like sending him off with that extra boost of Vitamin D and calcium before he heads out the door (side note: this is after a bowl of cereal or porridge, 1-2 fruit and sometimes toast!). Since lunch is provided at school and I can only hope he eats it all, I feel better knowing that I have at least provided the best I can for the most important meal of the day – breakfast.

I thought I would be introduced to a completely new product from the Danimals line, so I was surprised when in fact we were being introduced to the same Danimals smoothie that my Mr P has come to love, only with 25% less of the sugar.

Win a Bombe Chest from HGTV HOME

This giveaway for HGTV Home Furniture is hosted by Cheap is the New Classy and sponsored by HGTV Home Furniture!

Here’s your chance to win a Bombe Chest from HGTV HOME! Their are four colors to choose from and these retail at $999, and all you have to do is enter using the easy rafflecopter below. Good luck!

The winner must live in the Continental US. This giveaway runs from April 15-30, and coincides with the HGTV Smart Home Giveaway.

25 Ways to Say Mahalo to Your Husband #ProjectMahalo

Mahalo means ‘thank you’ in Hawaiian and King’s Hawaiian is giving YOU the chance to help them say Mahalo by voting for the charity of your choice.

Giving generously to others without expecting anything in return is at the heart and soul of Hawaiian culture, and a core value of KING’S HAWAIIAN. Giving is more than just a social formality; it is a way to say ‘thank you’ or to offer assistance. Giving brings joy to those around you.

– King’s Hwaiian

My husband is my best friend and often my biggest supporter in whatever I do – whether it is career wise, personally or even in my health pursuits he backs me up, and for the most part willingly :). So, to honor our crazy supportive relationship I have listed 25 ways to say Mahalo (thank you) to him. I’m sure their are many more! If you have an idea on how you can say thanks to your husband for supporting you and being an awesome dad, or ideas for saying Mahalo to someone else important in your life, make sure to scroll down and tell me for your chance to win $100 for yourself and for the Charity you voted for at Project Mahalo.

If you haven’t already, make sure to vote for your charityEach Project Mahalo charitable partner will receive a minimum $10,000 donation, and the partner earning the highest number of votes will instead receive a $25,000 donation. I voted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, because I believe every child deserves that person they can look up to as a mentor and to have positive experiences with.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of America mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth – areas linked to high school graduation rates, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Weight Loss with Shaklee 180™ More than Just Numbers

A month has passed since I first told you that I was starting on my 6 month journey with the Shaklee 180™ weight management program. I Started March 1 with the program, replacing 2 meals per day with smoothies or bars and eating one healthy meal usually at dinner. My snacking has returned to more healthful eating of fruits and vegetables instead of hectic snacking on junk food, calorie rich foods with really no nutritional benefit do not even enter into this house anymore.

Cutting out the sugary daily treats means that I dropped 6 pounds quickly in the first 2 weeks. The weight continued to drop over the last 2 weeks of the month as I upped my running and strength training for next week’s More FITNESS Half Marathon. I’m thrilled with the results in terms of the numbers, but I’ve also learnt that weight loss is definitely about more than just numbers and I talk about this in the video below.

Look Ma! No (or at least very little) back fat!

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