Countdown to BlogFest 2015 + FREE Momentum Fitness Jewelry

Yes, I took another unintentional blogging break because I was busy working on this:

BlogFest, IDEAWorld, Nutrition, thevalentineRD, RD,CDE


On Thursday, July 16th at 2pm PST, I’ll be presenting “Busting the Top 5 Nutrition Myths” at IDEAWorld BlogFest 2015.  To say that I’m excited (and nervous) is a major understatement!

While I’m sad that some of my blogger buddies from BlogFest 2014 won’t be there this year, it’s hard to think that anything will be able to top last year BUT I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones!

I’m sure I’ll be making some friends because I’ll be at reprising my role as a Momentum Jewelry Ambassador during BlogFest (like I did at FitBloggin’)!  If you don’t know Momentum, it’s motivational fitness jewelry that’s not only easy to wear while working out, it also goes from the gym to the street with ease!

Momentum, Motivational Fitness Jewelry, Motivate Wrap, Foot Notes


If you’re attending BlogFest, make sure to watch my Instagram and Twitter accounts for ways to win FREE Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes during the conference (7/16 – 7/19).  

Momentum, fitness jewelry, FitBloggin'



If you’re attending BlogFest and you’re the first person to come up to me and tell me one of the 3 musical artists I saw in concert this week, you will win a Momentum Inspire Necklace (you will get bonus applause if you sing a song from the artist as well):

Momentum, Inspire Necklace


If you’re NOT attending BlogFest, you can still get lucky!  Tweet me with #BlogFestMomentum between 7/16 – 7/19 and I’ll DM you a special discount code that you can use to buy yourself some fabulous motivational fitness jewelry!


Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your week!

I’m looking forward to sharing the recap of BlogFest with you soon…after I recover!

Disclosure:  As a speaker for BlogFest, I did receive complimentary registration to both BlogFest and IDEAWorld.  I also did receive compensation for my Momentum Jewelry Ambassadorship.  Cards on the table, if I were not a speaker, I likely would have paid to attend this joint conference and I have previously purchased Momentum Jewelry for myself and friends out of my own pocket.




An Injured Person’s Best Friend – A TENS Unit

When you’re a fitness enthusiast with a chronic injury, you constantly battle to keep your body from pain.   You hate it, but your fitness life does become a cycle of good days and bad days.  On January 30th I hit a particularly bad day and I’m still recovering from it (that ugly spinal curve in the x-ray below is evidence of my QL muscle shortening and putting me in considerable pain).

X-ray, back injury, spine, L4/L5


When those bad days hit, your doctor will most likely give you immediate pain medication but will also prescribe Physical Therapy to gain long-term mobility, strength and pain management.  Every PT session ends with some ice or heat and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) to promote healing.  TENS always feels like an intense mini massage (for me it’s one of the best parts of going to PT), so when Carex Health Brands reached out to me to test their at-home AccuRelief™ Dual Channel TENS Electrotherapy Pain Relief System, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

CAREX, Dual Channel TENS, Electrotherapy Pain Relief Unit


In case you’re not familiar with how a TENS machine works, a low level electrical current stimulates underlying nerves via electrodes placed on the skin (see the 4 grey squares on the bottom left in the photo above) to assist with pain management.

There are two underlying ideas for the effectiveness of TENS:

  1. The Gate Control Theory:  High pulse rates delivered to the nerves reroute pain signals preventing the brain from registering pain.
  2. Endorphin Production Increases:  Low pulse rates stimulate the nerves to increase the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

The idea that the technology of a medical grade device could be used in my own home was a game changer.  In most medical facilities, you only have a specific time slot that can be utilized.  My TENS sessions usually range between 10 – 15 minutes but with the AccuRelief™ Dual Channel TENS unit, I can have a 30 minute session (which is an ideal amount of time according to my Physical Therapist).

If you’re unfamiliar with using a TENS unit, the AccuRelief™ Dual Channel is actually very easy to use.  After you insert the 4 batteries (which are included), determine your pain area and utilize the visual electrode placement guide (the sticky electrode pads aren’t too sticky and don’t hurt if you need to adjust placement) to ensure the best coverage of your affected area.  

Once set with your electrode placement, check out the instruction guide to determine if you want to to tailor your own treatment or utilize one of six preset body programs available.  The middle button helps you determine your program and the side buttons help you adjust to one of 25 intensity levels (levels do NOT have to be symmetrical).

I will say that I’m still not sure I’ve figured out which is the positive and the negative electrode in each pair when I place them on my skin (be happy that there are no photos of my lower back, right glute and hip) but I can say that my home treatment sessions have been nothing less than fabulous!  


I’m usually a glutton for punishment when it comes to my treatments (I’m also that weirdo that likes massages to almost hurt) but when I went to level 4 on my Preset Lower Back Treatment, it was more than enough!  Since I’m still on the mend from my re-injury in January, I know that the AccuRelief™ Dual Channel TENS unit will become a staple as I rebuild my strength and stamina going forward.

The AccuRelief™ Dual Channel unit is available without a prescription and FDA cleared for safety. It is a simple, drug-free solution for arthritic, muscular, joint and back pain relief but check with your medical professional to see if it is right for you.  You can purchase a single or a double TENS unit directly via Carex for $52.49 or for $29.73 via Amazon Prime* AccuRelief Dual Channel TENS Electrotherapy Pain Relief System

Disclosure:  I did receive a complimentary AccuRelief™ Dual Channel TENS unit for review but all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.  This post does include affiliate links designated by (*).

Fabulous FitBloggin’ Folks You Need To Know + Giveaway

If you’re attending FitBloggin’ this weekend, there are a ton of wonderful people that you’ll meet.  I’ve met some of my favorite people on the planet because of this conference.  FitBloggin’ attracts unique hearts, minds and souls that don’t often all assemble in the same room.

It’s nearly impossible to list all of the fabulous people that you might meet in Denver but here are 12 that are definitely worth seeking out: 

FitBloggin', Accounts to Follow, People To Know


There’s a don’t miss BONUS at the end of this post

if you’re attending the FitBloggin’ this weekend!


In order from left to right, row by row:

Row 1:

Kelly@No Thanks To Cake:  Kelly is girl with amazing style – few people are as well put together as this gorgeous woman.  She has a great health and wellness story to boot.  This self-proclaimed picky eater loves to cook and shares some awesome recipes on her blog.  Get to know Kelly via her blog, Facebook, Instagram, PinterestTwitter or via her Guest Post here.

Jill@Tree Fitness: Jill and I met as roommates for FitBloggin’ 2013 and we’ve been buddies every since.  We’ve been roommates for FitSocial 2013, BlogFest 2014 and were teammates for Ragnar Socal 2014.  Jill is an amazing athlete, fierce personal trainer, mom of 3 and an wonderful person all around.  Get to know her via her blog, Facebook, TwitterInstagram or via her Guest Post here.

Melissa@Melissa Running It: So maybe we were destined to be friends since we had the same name?  No, I found Melissa on the Internet way before we actually met each other but yes, since then we’ve become good friends.  Melissa is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met both emotionally and physically (check out her guns, people).  She’s not only pretty but she’s also wickedly smart and sensitive.  Few things make me laugh harder than when Melissa posts things that her mother says in everyday life.  Just ask her or learn for yourself via her blog, Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram or via her Guest Post here.

Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood:  You know those people you meet randomly and just connect with?  I met Carrie the last day of FitBloggin 2013 during the goodbye run.  We fell into step and just clicked.  Since then we’ve done a Mud Run, Ragnar SoCal and attended Wanderlust 108 Los Angeles together (not to mention a meet-up after a Billy Joel concert with our spouses).  Carrie is a runner, a mom of 2 kids and like me, she’s over 40 (and still fabulous!).  Get to know Carrie via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via her Guest Post here.

Row 2:

Stephanie@FoodandFitness4Real: Stephanie and I met via FitBloggin’ also (even though we conversed via social media).  Stephanie is a working mom (she’s an engineer!), a runner and she loves food.  Stephanie’s love of travel, fitness, food and family is evident on every social media outlet. She’s also a really nice person.  I know she’ll be in Denver with her family but she’s definitely someone you should say hello to if you see her!  Get to know more about Stephanie via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or via her Guest Post here.

Tammy@GingerMantra: Tambra Means is a powerhouse.  Tammy is an accountant and a group fitness instructor in Florida who radiates positivity.  Tammy is woman dedicated to health and happiness in work and deed.  Tammy loves to play with healthy food, fitness and the love that she has for her family is evident in every post you read or see.  Get to know this exceptionally sweet and inspirational lady via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or via her Guest Post here.

Alyssa@LaLaLyssa: Alyssa used write at DoubleChinDiary with her sister but now she’s out on her own…well, she’s pregnant so maybe not so on her own.  Alyssa is a fitness enthusiast and likely knows more about social media than anyone else you know (she has a masters degree in Mass Communication).  Alyssa is friendly, funny and smart – all things I appreciate deeply in other humans.  She also gets my high anxiety about flying so I’ll forever sing her praises to anyone who will listen.  PS – She knows how to use Snapchat so if you’re like me and are clueless, ask her.  Get to know Alyssa via her blog, Facebook, Instagram, TwitterPinterest or via her Guest Post here.

Nellie@BrooklynActiveMama: You won’t need me to bring Nellie’s name to your attention because if you attend the Zumba class or the Small Group Discussion about How To Obtain Sponsorship, you’ll get a glimpse into this effervescent human being.  Nellie is my Brooklyn touchstone.  We met at FitBloggin’ 2013 because she (and her blogger buddy, Kimberly@ManifestYourself) both had something that drew me to them.  Nellie might be the only person who could ever even get me to think about taking a Zumba class (I have no rhythm).  This working mom is now a runner and is getting ready to run her first 26.2 for the Ronald McDonald House in November.  Get to know more about Nellie via her blog, FacebookTwitter, Instagram or via her Guest Post here.

Row 3:

Erin@ErinKreitzShirey:  Erin Kreitz Shirey has more energy than anyone I’ve ever met in my life.  I met Erin as the BootCamp Instructor at FitBloggin’ in 2013 and even pregnant with her 3rd child, she had more energy than anyone alive.  Erin is a triathlete, mother of 3 and is one of the more giving and motivating people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting.  She is small but mighty!  Being around Erin, you feel like you can conquer anything – physically or emotionally.  This woman is a born coach.  Get to know Erin via her early morning BootCamp during FitBloggin’ or check out her blog, Facebook or Instagram

Julie@JulieGoesHealthy:  Julie is a FitBloggin’ newbie.  She’s also a twenty-something California girl who is relatively new to me in the blogosphere.  Julie has battled obesity and anorexia and has a no nonsense attitude in the way she looks at food and fitness – it’s about enjoyment.  I got to know Julie at Wanderlust (with Carrie above) and I’m glad I did. Julie’s got a good head on her shoulders and I like reading about her health and life journey.  I might covet her youth a little bit too.  Get to know Julie via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Alan@SweatingUntilHappy:  You can’t go to FitBloggin’ and not know Alan Ali (He’s also the Official Conference Instagrammer).  Alan is one of the most inspirational people you’ll ever meet.  He’s all Southern gentleman but he’s also a triathlete, marathoner and half marathoner.  The man has also lost over 100 lbs in his lifetime!  Alan is sweet and he’s a motivator.  Alan recently participated in the Raleigh IronMan 70.3 for the charity Smile Train and ended his day with a smile on his face like only he could.  Get to know Alan via his blog, Facebook and Instagram (he might have the best Instagram account of all time).

David@KeepItUpDavid:  David Garcia is one of the most well spoken and real people you’ll ever meet.  I was blown away by his ability to be so articulate while sharing some of his pain during a FitBloggin’ 2013 Discussion Group.  David has lost over 160 lbs and that feat in itself is amazing but it’s the sensitivity with how he shares his past and his present with his readers that draws you in.  Keep up with David (and his stair climbing races) via his blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You made it to the BONUS – BONUS – BONUS: 

I’m giving away 15 pieces

of Momentum Motivational Fitness Jewelry

at FitBloggin.

Momentum, Motivational Fitness Jewelry, Motivate Wrap, Foot Notes

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for daily prompts

to win a Motivate Wrap or Foot Note onsite

but the BONUS is….

If you are one of the first two people to find me

on Thursday, Friday or Saturday

and you mention the name of the

12 Fabulous FitBloggin’ Folks above,

you will automatically be a winner!

It’s that simple.  I look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Disclosure:  I have been compensated by Momentum and have been given complimentary jewelry pieces to giveaway during the FitBloggin’ Conference.  The above featured bloggers have not been compensated to be featured in this post.  The featured bloggers are just people that I admire, like and believe that attendees of FitBloggin’ should get to know.  All attendees of FitBloggin’ are eligible to win only one Momentum Jewelry piece.

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Eat, Run Hard & Be Nice To People

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran


Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

I was out of touch last week (deadline and a sick kid kept me from blogging) but here’s what’s been going on!

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

This last week was such a blur that I’m lucky that I remember eating anything at all.  It was a week that I went out to eat way more than I should have.  We all have those weeks though, right?

I did get to enjoy an Ahi Tuna Salad at Umami Burger in DTLA (yup, that’s what you eat if you don’t eat beef).  My family has always wanted to go to Umami because of the Fleischman connection (the founder of Umami is Adam Fleischman and Jay is also a Fleischman).  My salad was gorgeous and delicious and my guys loved their burgers as well.

Umami Salad, Ahi Tuna


I also attended a ceremony sponsored by got milk that celebrated eight amazing women representing the #BetterFutureMoms in the state of California.  You might have remembered that I participated in the promotional campaign for this effort back in May.  The stories of these women show the determination to make lives better for themselves, their children and their communities.

Better Future Moms, Got milk,

I attended the ceremony to honor the achievements of these fabulous women but never expected to be honored by got milk as well.  It was lovely to receive an award (a very heavy one!) from fellow mom, Andrea Navedo of “Jane The Virgin”.

If you like eating as much as I do and supporting good causes, you might want to know about the special partnership that Chipotle has formed with the AIDS organization, RED.

Chipotle, RED

Because burritos are one of my favorite foods and because it’s a great cause, I’m spreading the word about the Chipotle limited edition (RED) gift card in honor of National HIV Testing Day.  This special gift card is available for purchase in restaurants and online at on June 27th only!  Chipotle will donate a portion of the sales value of every (RED) gift card purchase of $25 or more to the Global Fund, up to $100,000.

The fact that 11 celebrity chefs and television personalities (including Richard Blais, Graham Elliot, Andrew Zimmern and Rocco DiSpirito) have created special recipes to support the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign make this all the more enticing.  So many of us love Chipotle so this Saturday might be a great day to treat yourself to lunch or dinner and give back to an ongoing effort that still needs your help!

Side note:  The fight against AIDS holds a special place in my heart.  I worked in an AIDS organization during college and watched many people fight against this disease.  We’ve come a very long way since the late 80’s but the fight still continues.  Anytime I can support an AIDS organization, I’ll do so gladly!

Fitness, FitFluential, SweatPink, BurnThis, Tuesday Tune-UP

I have some fitness news – #1:  I have a new Physical Therapist that says I can run again…for one minute on a grass surface.  Yes, only one minute and with the direction to increase by one minute every other day.  If I feel any bit of pain, I have reduce the time one minute and stay at that time frame until I can increase without feeling pain.  I may not be able to run hard but getting back to some form of running may make me a happier person overall!

Run Hard


Another thing making me happy is that I’m going to Denver for FitBloggin’ 2015 this week!  This conference is always such a blast!  Fitness with fun people and blogger education, it’s a little working vacation that I’ve looked forward to since last year.

FitBloggin' 2015

If you are attending FitBloggin’, you might want to find me onsite because I’ll be giving away some very special jewelry pieces from Momentum Jewelry (watch my Twitter and Instagram for details coming soon)!

Momentum Jewelry, Designs that move you



Wild Boy was sick with strep throat this week so when I wasn’t working on a deadline, I was on mom duty.  It’s awful to watch your little one in pain and with fever but it’s nice when your child (who isn’t a baby anymore), wants mom to comfort them.



My little guy is growing up and I’ll take any chance I can get to hug and hold him.  I never thought that 8 would seem so far away from 5 or even 6.  You’re always aware that children grow up (and sometimes you can’t wait – the infant stage was a horror show in my house) but when they actually do the growing up, it seems way too fast!

If you’re a parent, treasure your time with your young children.  You never know when the last time you’ll get to snuggle with them, kiss them, hold their hand or have them need you in a way that they won’t as they grow up.  Wow, I sound like an old lady but it’s so very true and if you don’t take the time to realize it, the opportunity to enjoy something special may just pass you by.


Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

Oh, there’s been a ton of Duran Duran news recently – so much news that I wrote a whole post about it yesterday 

For my East Coast/New York Duran Duran friends, I’m thrilled that another show on 8/1/15 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester was announced yesterday.  Wishing all ticket buyers good luck on Friday, 6/26 at 12pm EST!

 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

What charity or cause holds a special place in your heart?

BTW, you have only 1 more day

BlogFest Giveaway

to enter to win 1 of 2 BlogFest Tickets in Los Angeles! 

Enter here!


Disclosure:  I have no affiliation/obligation to promote the Chipotle/RED partnership.  I believe in the cause and wanted to support it.  However, I will let you all know that I am being sponsored by Momentum Jewelry to do giveaways at the FitBloggin’ conference and have been provided tickets to giveaway for BlogFest 2015 by the IDEAWorld/BlogFest/FitApproach partnership.

OMG! Duran Duran Are Coming, Duran Duran Are Coming!

Yup, I’ve been MIA for an entire week.  Sometimes the blog takes a back seat to everyday life (presentations, work, family stuff etc.).  You might have also heard the news that Duran Duran frenzy has begun!  Take a look at how awesome the boys are looking these days!  Nobody can work white skinny jeans like the newly svelte SLB, amirite?

By now you might have heard that the band have not only released their new single, “Pressure Off” (which you can hear via this Rolling Stone write up) with Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monae.  It’s super funky and if you’re a fan of the Notorious album, you will definitely love this single.

Because in Duranworld, it’s always hurry up, wait and then scramble, the band decided to torture fans by releasing the name of the new album (Paper Gods) and a few US tour stops at about the same time!  Tickets went on presale last week and today and I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be going to a few West Coast shows (including the iconic Hollywood Bowl!).

Duran Duran, Paper Gods


Want to know what it’s like to feel like a teenager again when you’re 45?  

Try buying presale tickets to your favorite band’s show(s) and you’ll be right back there again, complete with stomach aches, nerves and anticipation.  It was ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time!

Looking forward to more Duran singles dropping soon (I hope) and some fabulous shows this Fall!  In the meantime, check out this clip of “Election Day” from the Sonar Festival (6/20/15).


Back to the regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow! 

Did you get tickets for this Duran Duran mini tour or are you holding out for a future full fledged tour (say that 10 times fast)?