Are You an Overeater or a Dessert Craver? The Cure: MealEnders (Review & Giveaway)


I am one of those people who needs (or thinks she needs) to eat something sweet at the end of every meal.

I don’t usually buy cakes and cookies to have at home (because my hubby would eat them all & I would have none) but in a restaurant, it’s a different story. I have to order dessert (& I am grateful when someone offers to share one.)

So I was excited when I was offered samples of MealEnders.

How do they work?

The goal of MealEnders is to help curb the cravings keeping in mind that the desire to eat is part physical and part mental. It is based on the idea that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach that you are full. MealEnders were designed to last in order for your stomach to catch up to your brain.

The image below explains it..


What’s in them?

MealEnders contain only 2 grams of sugar, 0g fat, and 15 calories per piece. The outer Reward Layer is made from premium dessert ingredients.  The inner Active-Taste layer relies upon a proprietary blend of natural and artificial food flavors called Actissert™ Blend.

Do they work?

I would say “Yes.”

I know that my dessert cravings are mind over matter. I’m not really hungry and I don’t really NEED to eat something sweet.  I just want to.

So if I pop a MealEnder instead of ordering dessert, the simple the act of sucking on this little candy does help. I was able to refuse dessert!!

What do they taste like?

Some taste better than others. I like the Mocha and the Chocolate mint the best. Each hard candy is covered with a soft coating which is the best part. The more you suck, the more the flavor comes out.


Yes but not in a bad way.  MealEnders calls this tingling the “active taste layer.”

Where can I get them? 

You can only buy them through the MealEnders website.  A 25-count package costs $14.95.  Sounds pricey but then again, you don’t eat them like candy. You would only eat them when you need to.

The bottom line…

If you are an overeater or someone who HAS to have dessert, why not give MealEnders a try!

And if you are lucky, you may win (4) 25-piece packs so you can try all flavors, including Cinnamon, Mocha, Chocolate Mint and Citrus ($50 value).

Click the link below to enter this giveaway:

Rafflecopter Giveaway 

And if you don’t win, use the code FitHolidays20 for a 20% discount from

Happy Running?  Have you tried MealEnders or any other similar product?








Giveaway is for U.S. only. One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from MealEnders through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.

*Disclaimer: I received samples of MealEnders as part of me being a Sweat Pink ambassador through their FitApproach campaign in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my very own.


3rd Annual Holiday Giveaway Hop

Several years ago, I got this watch.

Well, it’s still in the original box.  I meant to try it but I use an app on my phone for everyday running and a Garmin for racing.

It’s a shame to just let it sit so I’m giving away this Timex watch to one of my blog readers.

According to the website, here are the good things the watch has to offer:

  • a powerful combination of innovative sport functionality and aerodynamic design for enhanced performance and comfort
  • tapscreen technology access advanced features without breaking stride
  • target time pacer gives distinct audible performance feedback when lap times are logged
  • lap management system allows easy access to dated training logs with lock capabilities
  • 150 lap memory recall for effortless review after workout
  • 100 hour chronograph with lap or split in large digits
  • 199 lap counter
  • hydration & nutrition alarms reminds to refuel at regular intervals
  • large screen with large digits makes the display easy-to-read at a glance.
  • on-the-fly recall of lap or split
  • interval training is easy with 3 workout sessions with 16 labelled interval timers settable for up to 24 hours: countdown/stop (cs) and countdown/repeat (cr)
  • automatic interval repetition counter
  • 3 customizable alarms: daily/weekday/weekend/weekly options
  • 2 time zone settings makes travel easy
  • all-day white reflector display
  • built-in setting reminders to quickly and easily set your watch
  • forward/backward setting for ease of use
  • co-moulded dura-strength breathable strap minimizes skin contact and maximizes comfort
  • dependable water resistance to 100m
  • easy to view in low light conditions with indiglo night-light
  • turn on indiglo night-light with any button with night-mode feature

So if you need an extra watch or know someone who does, this is perfect for you!!

It costs nothing to enter and the deadline is midnight on December 6, 2015.

Click below to enter 
my Timex Rafflecopter giveaway.

This is a Giveaway Hop, there are several other blogs participating, and lots of additional chances to win other great prizes too.

To see the full list, just click HERE, and you can start hopping around and entering all the other giveaways too.

Good Luck and Happy Running!


SkirtSports Gym Girl Ultra Review and Giveaway Winner

Even if I weren’t a SkirtSports Ambassador Captain, I would say that the Gym Girl Ultra is my favorite skirt.

I have tried other brands, this one keeps coming out on top.

Here’s why:

  • It is practical.


It has 2 pockets – one on each side.  They are hidden under the skirt.  And they are big enough to fit your phone, key, fuel, etc.


lots of stuff for a half marathon hidden in those pockets here.

Plus, if you like to listen to music on the run, there is music port that allows you to run your headphone cord from your skirt pocket.

  • It is comfortable.


It’s long enough to cover but not too long. I am 5’4″ and it’s perfect on me (It is about 13.5″ long in the front and 14.5″ in the back.) The shorts (which are about 5″ long) don’t ride up and the waist band is tight enough so the skirt doesn’t fall down (even with stuff in the pockets.)  No chafing either.


  • It looks good.


What you look like matters, right? I can’t tell you how many compliments I have gotten on my GGU skirts.

You can choose a solid colored skirt





or  designs in a variety of colors.

escape print

tantrum print

safari print

Walkway Half Marathon

exotic print

VCM Relay

streak print

And there are so many to choose from:


As a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain, I am grateful to have the opportunity to share one of my favorite pieces of running clothes with YOU!  That’s right, one of you will win your very own Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra Skirt.



But if you didn’t win, you can use the code SSMFK20 to get 20% off the regular price.

Happy Running! If you won, which design would you choose?






Disclosure:  As a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain, I am happy to share the latest Skirt Sports products and information with you!  Skirt Sports is providing a complimentary Gym Girl Ultra Skirt to one lucky reader.  Also, this post contains affiliate links.

Freekeh Foods Giveaway


I was recently given the opportunity to try Freekeh.

Have you heard of Freekeh?

I had not.

So what is Freekeh?

According the website:

…Freekeh originated by accident when an ancient Middle Eastern village was attacked and their young wheat fields were set ablaze. In attempts to salvage their crops, the villagers rubbed away the burnt chaff and found that the roasted kernels inside were delicious! Since that time, Freekeh (which literally means, “to rub”) became a mainstay of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.

Since Freekeh is a roasted green wheat, gluten-free runners, you will have to pass on this one.

When I first saw this grain, it reminded me a lot of quinoa as far as being able to substitute it for rice and add it to any

However Freekeh contains 8 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. It is low fat too which makes it a great substitute for both rice and quinoa.

Freekeh cooks up very similar to rice and comes in three flavors – Rosemary Sage, Original and Tamari.

First I just cooked the Rosemary Sage per directions (add water and cook for about 25 minutes) and served it as a side dish.


It tasted great.  My hubby who is picky didn’t even ask what it was. I think he thought it was brown rice.

Then I made this recipe from the Freekeh Foods website: Warm Breakfast Freekeh


I used almond milk and added raisins since I didn’t have any fresh fruit.

I was surprised how good it tasted and one package made breakfast for 3-4 days.

You can buy Freekeh at Whole Foods as well as other health food stores.

But if you’re lucky, you could win some here.

I am giving away a cookbook and a package of Freekeh to one reader. You can choose the flavor (original, rosemary sage, or tamari). *U.S. residents only.*

Click HERE to enter.

Good luck!

Happy Running! Have you tried Freekeh yet? If you won some, how would you eat it?


Mother’s Day Giveaway


As a SkirtSports Ambassador, I am happy to offer my readers this amazing giveaway:

A BASIC LEVEL entry to the Skirt 13er/10k/5K Local or Virtual!

The beauty with all Skirt Sports races, the registrant not only receives their race packet including Finisher’s Skirt (or bra or top depending on race), race #, and sponsor swag but ALSO a gift certificate to spend right away on the Skirt Sports website, in the boutique or at an expo attended by Skirt!

The runner can run the 13er, 10k, or 5k and can use this entry for the local race on June 14th or run it virtually on the same day.

So here are the details for this giveaway:

Basic Entry ($85) which includes:
$50 gift certificate
Race #
Finisher’s Skirt (Don’t Sweat It Collection pull over skirt)

Sponsor swag

Click HERE to enter!

The giveaway ends at midnight on May 10, 2015.

Good luck!

Happy Running!



Runner’s Choice Review and Giveaway


If you read my blog, you know that my feet often hurt. So I was excited to try Runner’s Choice.

Runner’s Choice is made from 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint.

It is designed for people who run 3 miles or more at a time.

Before and after running, simply apply it to your feet–no rubbing in needed. They recommend that you coat the bottom of your feet, in between the toes and the top & 2 inches above the ankle.

I used it before and after my 10 mile race last Sunday, after my run on Thursday and before my race yesterday.

I can’t honestly say that it has made a difference in my running.  But afterward, I found it refreshing. And my feet felt restored.

TRY IT: One bottle of Runner’s Choice is free to everyone (one per household) in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia (only pay shipping charge) by ordering it here. If you have a blog and agree to review it on your site, let them know and the shipping charge will be waived.

WIN IT! 3 lucky readers from U.S., Canada, Europe or Australia will win one bottle of Runner’s Choice. To enter, click the link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Happy Running!


Dislaimer: I received this product from Trusted Health Products, but no compensation was received for this post. As always, the opinions stated here are my own.

Book Giveaway

Vanessa Runs,  a fellow runner recently wrote a book that I think you’d enjoy, The Summit Seeker. It’s a memoir about her transition from non-running to long-distance trail runner.

Here’s the Amazon description:

Some people run for weight loss, general fitness, or the ability to eat whatever they want. In The Summit Seeker, Vanessa Runs explores trail and ultra running on an emotional, psychological, and spiritual level. 

Vanessa started running to battle her demons, to heal her deepest wounds, and ultimately, to find her peace in the mountains. Her vivid descriptions of spectacular trails call you into wild places where you will find rugged beauty, expansive wilderness, and deep personal insights.

Weaving her personal stories of struggle, hunger, and adventure, Vanessa tugs at our heartstrings and appeals to our most primitive drive as a species: to survive.

Author’s Bio:

Vanessa Runs is an ultra endurance trail runner and journalist. She has written for UltraRunning Magazine, Trail Running Magazine, and A 100-mile nerd, an elevation junkie, and a mountain-loving nomad, Vanessa lives and travels in a Rialta RV with her boyfriend, dog, and cat. Read her full bio, check out her articles, and follow her travels at:
Although I am not a trail or an ultrarunner, I am excited to read this book.
If you’d like to win a copy of this book:
  • Leave a comment with the name of your favorite running-related book.
  • Follow my blog. (Leave a comment that you do.)
  • Tweet, blog or post on Facebook about this giveaway. (Leave a comment on how you did.)

For extra points:

  • Follow me on twitter. (Leave a comment that you do.)
  • Follow My First 5K and More on Facebook. (Leave a comment that you do.)
  • Follow me on Instagram. (Leave a comment that you do.)

The deadline is Monday, January 13 at  midnight.

Happy Running! 


Winter Miles Challenge 2014

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Run with Jess has created the Winter Miles Challenge to help keep us all on track through the toughest 8 weeks of winter (January 6 – March 2) so that we have a successful spring! 

 All you have to do is pick a goal and then at the end of every week, report back your completed mileage. If you hit your weekly goal, you are entered into the weekly prize drawing.

These are the goals:

Beginner: 10 miles each week
Intermediate: 20 miles each week
Trainer: 30 miles each week
Advanced: 40 miles each week
Ultra: 50 miles each week

Every week that you hit your mileage goal, you earn one entry into that week’s prize drawing sponsored by these great companies…

Week 1 (Jan.6-12) – YakTrax
Week 2 (Jan.13-19) – ProCompression Socks
Week 3 (Jan.20-26) – Milestones Jewelry & Apparel
Week 4 (Jan.27-Feb.2) – Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Bonus week! There is an opportunity to earn TWO entries into the prize drawing)
Week 5 (Feb.3-9) – Fitsok Socks
Week 6 (Feb.10-16) – FlapJacked Protein Pancakes
Week 7 (Feb.17-23) – 110% Compression Socks
Week 8 (Feb.24-Mar.2) – Hydrapak & GU Energy

Best of all, the Winter Miles Challenge is FREE to participate so REGISTER HERE!
I signed up.  I’m all into FREE and motivation to run in the winter.
I chose the Beginner goal of 10 miles per week.  I am not a beginner but I don’t usually run 20 miles each week.  I am actually going to try for at least 15 miles each week.
Happy Running?  Are you up for this challenge?

Welcome October…Welcome Fall!

September was a pretty busy month even though it didn’t go as planned.

This is what I had hoped:

  • Higher weekly and monthly mileage totals – not really but I had good intentions
  • Lower my 5K time – actually I did but not by as much I would have liked
  • Lower my 10K time – nope because I changed my mind & didn’t run the 10K
  • Start yoga – nope here too
  • Join a gym and work out – well, I didn’t really think this would happen

about 8 of those miles were walked 😦

But let’s focus on the good things that happened in September.

  • I ran in four races.

showing off my medal from the 4.4 Chase Away Leukemia race

  • I finished a 5K in less than 30 minutes.

doing it at the MPBA 5k

  • The weather cooperated and we had some more boating weekends.

cool but sunny day on Lake George

  • I started my weekly tennis contract and am enjoying it.
  • I stayed in my friend’s house on Schroon River 2 more times (for running, mah jongg). Love it there!

view from the house

  • I got a surprise visit from my friend in Russia.

at the NY Botanical Gardens

  • I am enjoying the foliage in the Northeast.

Hiking on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thatcher State Park

  • I rode my bike (1x)

at the Nisky bike trail along the Mohawk R.

  • I used the treadmill once.
  • I won a healthy receipe contest at work AND I won $25 gift card to Walmarts (from The Happy Runner).

this was my prize at work

For October, I am going to go out on a limb and try to:

  • Higher weekly and monthly mileage totals (that means long runs on the weekend)
  • Run at a more consistant & faster pace
  • Start yoga
  • Join a gym and work out
  • Lose weight
  • Eat healthy

Happy Running!  How was your September?  Anything different planned for October?

Mezamashii Run Project


In the quest to deliver more brilliant running, Mizuno has recently launched the  Mezamashii Run Project. Over the course of the remainder of the year, Mizuno will give away thousands of  shoes and exclusive invitations to join the Mezamashii Run Project to runners who are looking to experience more euphoric, brilliant, mezamashii running.

I know I am!!  I have worn Mizunos for many of my runs and races and I hope I win a pair!!!

racing in my Mizunos

still in my Mizunos

If you are interested in the Mezamashii Run Project, please click HERE for more info.

Happy Running!