Sunday, June 17, 2012

100th Post Giveaway!

98... 99... 100!! This is Dare You To's 100th post, so we're celebrating by SHARING some goodies acquired recently.


Enter to Win!


First, to demonstrate your loyalty as a reader, you must suffer through an explanation of my workout.  That's right; you've gotta earn your giveaway entries!

On Friday morning, I woke up way too tired.  The night before, even after the interesting and educational Technogel Twitter chat with FitFluential (where we talked all about the importance of sleep quality and quantity, and how Technogel pillows can help with both), I had a miserable night's sleep.  It took me some time to fall asleep, and then I woke at 3-something in the morning, overheated.  After hitting the restroom and turning on a fan, it still took me a while to fall back asleep.  Then, I woke again at 8-something, even though I had not set my alarm and had no reason to be up. Blah.

BUT!  I had to run!  That was the plan, and who knew what the weekend would bring (turns out: not much in the way of working out), and I wanted to get some fitness in before things got busy.  Plus, I knew a good sweat would wake me up, helping me recover from the lousy morning.  So, off to the gym, for a 30-minute treadmill interval workout. 


The After


I set my Garmin to lead me through an interval workout, changing my speed on the treadmill as my watch beeped.  The time length of the 1:2 intervals remained the same, but I constructed a speed pyramid as I went (from 6 mph up to 10 down to 6), so my 3-mile run went like this:


The result? 

This is why I love intervals.

The pyramid-style build and descent kept me interested, and the 2-minute walking recoveries made this doable in my sleep-deprived state. My soaring heart rate and beads (/buckets) of sweat were just the wakeup I needed.  I'm SO glad I laced up and got moving instead of sitting around, feeling tired.

No matter how tired/bummed out/overwhelmed/sluggish you are feeling, you'll always feel better after your workout.  So even on the weekends, #MOVE! (FitFluential)

Always YES!

OK, you've earned it.  It's GIVEAWAY TIME! Read on...



These could be yours!

As a thank you for supporting me in my infancy and for encouragement in my food and fitness goals, three (3) readers will win some tasty treats!  These are samplings of some things I've been granted the opportunity to try as a blogger, either solicited by the brands, received at events, or won through another's giveaway.  I want to share some of the blogger booty with you, because you're the reason I'm here.  Hope they will help you snack smarter!  To allow more readers a chance to taste test, I'm splitting the snacks up into three categories, based on type of food.

1st: BARS!  So great for travel or busy days out and about.

2 Pure Bars  (Cranberry Orange and Peanut Raisin Crunch)
1 Sesame Snaps
1 uber LaraBar (Roasted Nut Roll)
2 Larabars (Cherry Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie)
1 box Fiber One bars (Chocolate Fudge Brownies)

2nd: Mix-ins! These things make mornings yummier.

2 samples of Love Grown Foods granola (Cocoa Goodness and Sweet Cranberry Pecan)
1 sample packet of Pure Bliss Eats granola (PB Chocolate)
1 sample packet of Mila seeds (use similarly to Chia seeds)

 3rd: Chips!  Natural 'chip' options to scoop your guac, salsa, or hummus.

2 bags of PopChips (Sweet Potato)
4 bags of Whale Tails tortilla chips

Entry Details: Do one or both of the following. Post each as a separate comment, and each counts as one entry. 
  • Leave a comment telling me which your favorite types of DYT blog posts are (goal-oriented, workout recaps, recipes, healthy eating, other random dares...)  I'd love your feedback; I aim to please! 
  • Tweet about the giveaway as follows or in your own words w/ link: I entered to win assorted bars, granola, & natural chips at http://goo.gl/wvfCv via @DareYouToBlog, and you can, too!

Entries will be accepted from Monday, June 18, 2012 until 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012.  Winners will be announced on the blog and are responsible for claiming their prize via email if no contact info is provided.  US & Canada residents only (sorry!). 

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76 comments:

  1. I love workout recap blog posts! The graphic about 'should I work out' is awesome. :)

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  2. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/214561941295861761

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  3. I love when you post about healthy eating/recipes, and of course exercise and running! I'm a runner, so I like to see other people's experiences with running :)

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  4. Love your recipe posts! Good to know eating healthy not only looks good but taste awesome!

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  5. Love your recipe posts! Good to know eating healthy not only looks good but taste awesome!

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  6. I'm loving both your healthy eating recipe posts (yes I combined those and counted as one) AND your workouts. Loving your inspiration!

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  7. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/wishandwhimsy/status/214675873679409152

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  8. Love your goal-oriented and recipe posts! Keep up the inspirational work!

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  9. And I tweeted. Thanks for a great giveaway :)

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  10. I enjoy product reviews and new recipe posts to try! :)

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  11. Tweeted your link too! Thanks so much!

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  12. love rambly posts in general! they show your personality and mind!

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  13. I love original healthy recipe posts!

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  14. Congrats on all those posts! :) I like workout recaps, like this one. Those are some speedy intervals!

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  15. I like the recipe posts the best!! :)

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  16. i luv all posts! Ok so I'm easy and diverse! ;)

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  17. Wahoo! 100 posts! Congrats, girlie :) I love your goal oriented posts!

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  18. Not entering, just wanted to say CONGRATS on a 100 posts...makes me feel bloggy old hahaha. Off to pin that awesome image on go workout! Truth.

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  19. Okay, I tweeted on your Facebook page, liked your LinkedIn profile and high fived your FindMySoulMate profile page. I don't know what more I can do to improve my chances of winning!

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  20. Wow, what a great giveaway! I love to see new workouts. This one looks great and I think i might try it today! :)

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  21. Just sending my congrats on the 100th post... I'm not going to enter. My fuel stash is way too stocked to fit anything more. Good luck to all entrants and I'm going to share the love.

    I am a big fan of recaps and all things random.

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  22. I'm always a fan of workout recaps... congrast on 100 posts! Awesome idea for a giveaway!

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  23. I love healthy recipes!!! :) And congrats on your 100th post!

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  24. I like the goal oriented posts. I was uber fit thru my 40's and fit into my early 50's then I met menopause. Weight gain! Goal posts help me with my goals. Congratulation on your post record!
    Zan

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  25. i love all DYT posts, but I especially love the goal oriented ones. Motivation is contagious ;) YAY for 100 posts. & here's to 100 more in NO TIME at all ;)

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  26. I tweeted

    https://twitter.com/Char__Latte/status/214792700107554816

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  27. I really enjoy a variety of posts from bloggers, but nothing extremely "technical" speaking. I wanna feel something when I read. :)great blog!!

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  28. I retweeted this great giveaway. Happy blogiversary!

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  29. I tweeted about the giveaway! (ShutterbugRunnr)

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  30. I love all of your variety of posts. Congrats on 100 posts! My favorites are recipes and workout-related since I love fitness stuff. :)

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  31. Congrats on you 100th post! WoO HoO!

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  32. Congrats on your 100th post!! That's great! I love your DYT posts too! They inspire me.

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  33. I enjoy the healthy eating tips and new inspirational recipes! Thanks so much!

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  34. Random posts and informative recipes are always great! Congrats!

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  35. I like your posts that discuss a category of fitness (spinning, yoga, etc) and then dare the reader to try it or do it more often or in a new way if they already do. The posts are very informative!

    My FiberOne brownies from #fitblognyc are long gone since I'm obsessed w/them so I hope I win!

    I also like the way you divided the prizes into 3 categories to help you eat healthy. Bars, mix-ins, and chips are allllll helpful for sure!

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  36. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/CaitPlusAte/status/215080350966226944

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  37. I'm definitely a recipe kinda gal, myself.. love those posts!

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  38. I tweeted about your giveaway! https://twitter.com/beermeamartini/status/215117588357840897

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  39. tweeted! https://twitter.com/EatsWhat/status/215122802041290755

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  40. recipe posts are my fav :)

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  41. I like the recipes and healthy eating posts the best!

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  42. Want to tell me how one sets a watch to do intervals? Way over my head, I'm so inept.

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  43. i like the healthy eating posts!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  44. tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/215599155710656513
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  45. I love recaps myself!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  46. Recipes b/c I am always looking for new things to cook :)

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  47. I love recipes and inspiration in blog posts. Actually, I like the random stuff too - I feel like I get to know bloggers better when there are all different things going on.

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  48. I love the workout recap posts, they're so motivating on days when I'm struggling.

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  49. I tweeted about your giveaway! https://twitter.com/beermeamartini/status/217736529462820864

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  50. I love your healthy eating posts girl! :)

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  51. I love your recipe posts! I always need new inspiration. :)

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  52. I love healthy eating posts! Recipes are great too but I rarely make recipes of things I see online (shame on me, I know). But I am always interested in seeing how people make better decisions with eating! (I guess this post is like that, because you've got some great examples of healthy snacks!)

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  53. just tweeted at you! :) https://twitter.com/lexiedache/status/218059642322944000

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  54. Definitely work out recaps...I like to gauge where I'm at by trying different wkouts and this interval one was a great one.

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  55. I am always a big fan of healthy eating posts!

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  56. I always love your recipes and healthy eating posts! Congrats on reaching 100!

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  57. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/j_mosh/status/218537031259791360

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  58. Healthy eating posts are my favorite. I'm a food voyeur.

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