5k The Shape Way

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Do it like a Diva, I like to think I’m a diva, I mean I wear make-up to the gym and color coordinate my gym outfits to match my make-up. Doesn’t that make me a diva, LOL in all seriousness as a fitness enthusiast and someone who loves to challenge herself and run I decided it would be fun to do the Shape Diva Dash. The Diva Dash is sponsored by Shape Magazine and supports an organization called Girls On The Run which teaches girls to be  joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The race itself is a 5k or 3.1 miles and the participants are dressed in diva fashion, from bright colors to tutus and wigs or capes these divas are dressed to kill.  From Blow up bouncy houses and borders to take pics in front of colorful buffs, temporary tattoos shape made sure their divas were ready for action. The course itself is of varied terrain, starting out on flat ground and navigating it’s way through the woods through hills and valleys, and with the rain the night before there were some slippery spots as well. Along the course there as was a variety of obstacles to get through first was a blow-up maze, the next were Monkey bars you had to walk across laterally, then there was a Swiss Ball pit that you had to walk across to get through to the other side, a contraption that was a cross between a balance beam and a see-saw that I skipped because of the height and probable cause of injury due to the fact that it was a bit slippery, then there was a net attached to ropes that you had to use to pull yourself across, hurdles, and the last obstacle which was a net you climb up and slide down what looked like a fireman’s pole. I got all the way up the net but didn’t slide down the pole because the drop looked scary.  I look at it this way did I chicken out maybe, could I have been braver, stronger, maybe but I did it. I completed most of the obstacles and got through the race. Would I do it again, no for a few reasons, I don’t think the obstacles are for me, the cost of the race and what you get for it aren’t worth the money $55 for the race and we didn’t even get a T-shirt or picture to commemorate the experience, they also gave us no info on how to find out our time or results.  I had someone come with me who told me I was 17th I am assuming there were at least 250 people there but I am not sure because they had different waves. It was an experience and I’m glad I did it but maybe next fun run I’ll try a zombie race… Nothing will get you running faster than a psycho chasing you.

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The Great Pumpkin Debate

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As a fitness and health enthusiast I try and choose snacks that will benefit and fuel my goals that’s why I was excited to try the latest creation from Quest Nutrition, their limited edition Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar.  I wanted to try it to see if all the hype was valid but as a not so pumped about pumpkin fan, my pumpkin tastes are limited to pumpkin ice cream or bread, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I was lucky enough to get the last two Quest Bars at GNC figuring I would scoop it up in case they were really good.  When I decided to do a review on the bars, I thought to make things interesting instead of just doing a review I would do a comparison of the Pumpkin wars so to speak. The Pumpkin Pie Quest Bar vs. Lenny & Larry’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies.  So here’s the skinny on battle Pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Pie Quest bar clocks in at 220 Calories, 19 carbs 12 grams of fat and 21 grams of protein. The bar itself is like many of the other Quest bars a dense, chewy texture, the difference between this Quest bar and others is this is the first coated quest bar coated in a pumpkin coating with graham cracker pieces. In other words a clean-eating version of Pumpkin Pie, but I guess as a person not being a fan of Pumpkin Pie is where this bar fails me. I found the coating to be off-putting and unnecessary and I also thought that although the bar had a sweetness the Pumpkin flavor was lacking and almost non-existent and certainly not one I would compare to Pumpkin Pie, maybe they should have called it Pumpkin essence.  I know it must be hard to come up with flavors and craft bars that contain all the necessary components of a Quest Bar and still taste good and although you can’t please everyone I believe this bar was an epic fail and I would happily give my extra bar away for those calories are not some I would want to expend again.  In comparison, the Pumpkin Spice Cookies by Lenny & Larrys are quite different, granted one is a bar and one is a cookie but the key word here is pumpkin and that’s where Lenny & Larry’s has Quest beat.

Lenny & Larry’s Complete Pumpkin Spice Cookie  clocks in at 210 Calories for 2 servings 29 Carb and 8 Protein and 7 grams of fat. The cookie is soft baked texture of a freshly baked cookie and immediately smells like Pumpkin and the flavors of fall and looks authentic and natural.  As far as flavor it’s all pumpkin it hits you right away and is a great way to cheat clean if your macros allow. It’s really a matter of macros and preference with less calories and fat but more carbs one has to make a choice

but that is also for two servings. So for more bang for your Pumpkin buck I’d grab a cookie and split it with a friend. Sorry Quest you lost this one.

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