Team Tiny Oranges

Core Athletica Bootcamp & Raffle for PCRF!

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Mark your calendars and join Erica from Core Athletica and her team on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at Corona del Mar Main Beach for an awesome beach bootcamp benefiting Team Tiny Oranges and 100% donated to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!

She has assured us that all fitness levels are welcome and when a few of us have asked about the intensity, her response has been, “You will be FINE!” :)

So grab some girlfriends or bring your significant other and enjoy a morning on the beach
enjoying a great workout for a great cause!

Here’s how to sign up…

Click HERE to donate $25 to Erica’s personal fundraising page and then click HERE to leave a comment on her post to let her know you made your donation and you will be there!

The workout kicks off at 8am and will last about an hour.  Parking in the main beach lot per the website is $15 per car. There is also a lot of street parking up above the beach and it is a 2 minute walk down the hill.

After the workout she will do the drawings for this AWESOME raffle! Only $2 a ticket! You need not be present to win, so if you can’t make the workout, consider at least buying a few of these tickets to enter to win some of these amazing prizes which include…

A fitbook pink & fitbook junior from fitlosophy (love mine!) ($50 value)
A 3 day Ritual Cleanse (who will also be present at the fundraiser handing out samples!) ($285 value)
2 private ($160 value) or 5 group pilates sessions ($175 value) with Core Athletica
4 HUGGS from Grin and Bear It Designs (never seen these – cute!)
2 private training sessions from Jeff at  Norcross Fit ($150 value)
A $52 gift card from Seasons 52 restaurant in South Coast
A one hour facial AND one hour massage from Body Design in Newport Beach
A $50 gift card from Words to Sweat By to shop on their site
An assortment of high quality candles (valued at $50) from Ted’s Shreds
A new pair of athletic shoes from Mizuno USA (valued at $85 – $115)
A basket full of Larabars
A haircut & highlight from the ever so fabulous Tera Rae Stephens ($180 value)!

So, just to clarify, tickets are $2 per ticket, so first decide how many you want and then click HERE to make your donation.  Then after you have made your donation, click HERE to go to her raffle post and leave a comment on how many tickets you want put in for each raffle prize for the tickets you purchased.

For just a little (tax deductible donation) you could win some BIG prizes!  I mean what if you spent $10 on tickets and ended up with a prize MUCH bigger than that?  All the while knowing you are helping find a cure for pediatric cancer. Now that’s what I call WINNING!

Hope to see you on 3/26 for this awesome fundraiser!

xoxo

For more information on how to join Team Tiny Oranges click here

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You are strong.

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I was approaching the hardest part of my first half marathon last year around mile 11 when I saw those words.  It was at a point when I was really struggling.

Big letters written in white chalk taking up the width of the path.  The words were stacked, building on each other…

YOU
ARE
STRONG

Chills went down my body and my eyes filled with tears.  There was a WENDY written above the YOU and I was suddenly grateful for the person cheering Wendy on because it gave me the push I needed at that exact moment.  The moment when doubt started creeping in.

You are strong. You are strong. You are strong.  I kept repeating those three words over and over in my head until I reached 13.1.  It wasn’t easy but I made it.  One foot in front of the other.

My second half marathon was the Long Beach Half last October.  The first one was about finishing and surviving  for me, but I wanted the second one to be more enjoyable if that was possible.

When I stood at the starting line that day with my friend waiting for the gun to go off, the feeling of excitement and energy was intoxicating.  I said to her, “I feel so blessed to get to experience this in my lifetime.”  It was one of those moments I will always remember.  Something about that race was magical to me.

The entire time I was running that fall morning,  I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

I was 35 and healthy.  I had legs that could run.  I had a body that would allow me to run.  I was doing this because I could.  I kept thinking about my husband and my girls and how lucky we were to be healthy.

The flyer I saw in my race package the day before when I picked up my bib kept flashing my mind.  It was for a race on May 1st, 2011 to benefit pediatric cancer research.

Pediatric + cancer.

Two words I didn’t even want to put together in my head because it made me think of my own kids. What if it was MY kids? I had to push the thought away because I couldn’t bear it. Then I thought of my friend who had recently sent me this post about being a pediatric cancer survivor.

It wasn’t a coincidence that my eyes were opened to this cause. I knew during that race that day I had to do something to help.

I would run my next half marathon to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.

YOU
ARE
STRONG

And now that I have met  the families facing pediatric cancer, the word “strength” has new meaning. Kids fighting with all they have to get better and families that are there with them every minute, every step of the way.

I look at them with awe and say…

YOU
ARE
STRONG

To me, they are the ones that epitomize strength.

I also think about the people working for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and how they fight to help fund research to find causes and cures.  How they work tirelessly and do it with the most positive attitudes and beautiful spirits.  And I say…

YOU
ARE
STRONG

So I have decided it is fitting that these three simple words be the Tiny Oranges team slogan on May 1st, 2011. I love that sentence and what it symbolizes in more ways than one.

To me, it represents a celebration of our own strength.  The strength to run the next mile, take on a new challenge or discover an inner strength we might not know we possess.

But we will also be walking or running in honor of the strength present in those we will be helping. For the kids, families, doctors, everyone involved in or affected by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Learning from their strength.   And gaining inspiration from all they teach us…

YOU
ARE
STRONG

Join us on May 1st. Click here to learn more…

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The Maddie James Foundation

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Today’s post is a hard one for me to write.  As I am sitting here typing, tears are rolling down my face. Madeleine James has touched my life and my heart. I know she will touch yours too.

On a Friday afternoon just two months ago in January, Maddie was in her kindergarten class playing with friends and two days later, on that Sunday morning, she was diagnosed with a malignant, inoperable brain tumor and given 6 months.  Survival rate for this type of cancer? 0%.

Click here to read her story.

Maddie is a relative of my friend, Sarah, who writes the blog www.whoorl.com and www.hairthursday.com so this story hits particularly close to home.

Sarah is one of those people that you meet and instantly love.  So authentic and fun and one of those people you feel like you have known forever.

When I threw out a request on Twitter this past fall asking if Sarah wanted to join our PCRF team to raise money for pediatric cancer, her support was immediate.   It was a “sure!” and then 5 minutes later she was registered on our team. That’s just the kind of person she is.

This was before Maddie was diagnosed.

When I got the word that Maddie was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, my heart literally broke into a thousand pieces. A five year old, beautiful girl almost the same age as my daughter.

I simply cannot fathom the depth of pain.

Sarah summoned the strength to write about Maddie here.  It is one of the most beautiful, touching posts I have ever read.  Written with such grace and honesty and honored Maddie in such a way that I really don’t know how she found the strength to write it.

Please take a moment and let her words touch you. Here is her post titled, “Madeleine.” You will need a box of tissues.

But in the midst of all the pain, what amazes me the most is that this family has found a way to take something so horrifically devastating and do something positive.

Her mother wrote here, in her story, that in the midst of feeling so out of control they realized there were two things they could control: making sure each day left with Maddie was lived to the fullest and do something to properly honor her.

One of Maddie’s favorite places in the world is the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.  She loves the ocean and the wonder of life under the sea.  When the family learned that the Ocean Institute is currently in the final phase of raising money for new oceanside programs and facilities to complement their existing Ocean Education Center they knew their mission was clear.

The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center would be possible with a donation of $1 million dollars.  The family is shooting for the sea stars and wants to raise this amount so that Maddie’s legacy and light will live on forever in a place she loves so much which is why they have created The Maddie James Foundation.

Again, I am crying.

I hope I get to take my daughters to The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center one day and teach them about the beauty of the sea and the beauty in humanity. I also want to teach them to take each day and treat it like it is our most precious gift, because it is.

If you are moved to help create this center, click here to make a donation.   Every gift helps.

Hug your little ones just that much harder today and every day.  And realize that this day is a gift.

Click here to like the Maddie James Foundation on Facebook . Follow @MaddieJamesFDTN on Twitter.

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Maddie has further inspired our team to FIGHT for her
and all the kids affected by this horrendous disease by running and walking on May 1st as
Team Tiny Oranges to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
If you would like to join us in this fight
please click here and “Join Our Team!”

Sarah is organizing a fundraising Boot Camp for March 19th in Costa Mesa as well.
Click here for details!

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Top 5 Super Foods for Moms!

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Sharon is a local health and wellness coach driven by a passion for helping others live their healthiest lives.  Take a minute to click over and visit her website and read more about what she does.

We connected via email when she joined Team Tiny Oranges and signed up to run her first half marathon with us on May 1st!

Sharon is currently holding a FUNdraiser <– click for details! which for only a $5 donation includes a Podcast Class on the benefits of CHOCOLATE and a Recipe E-book of her favorite chocolately recipes.

After reading more about her, I asked her if she would be so kind as to write me a little guest post.  I wanted her opinion on the Top 5 Super Foods for Moms that she would recommend the most.  You know, foods that will give us the energy we need to get through the day!

I love what she wrote because some of the items are not the typical things you read about.

Mom Super Foods

As a busy mom of twins, training for a ½ marathon and running a business I find it is important to fuel my body with foods that will keep my energy up and at the same time make healthy choices to keep my body vibrant and well.

But making the right choices of foods can be confusing and overwhelming, there are so many fad diets and food facts on the market it is a no wonder we often just give up. As a health coach I tell my clients, don’t try to do too much at once, rather take small steps and slowly incorporate new foods into your lifestyle that will give you the results you want and become a way of life instead of a quick fix.

Here are my top 5 foods I recommend you start adding to your grocery list. I like to call them the Mom Super Foods, they will help sustain you and give you the energy lift you need as well as helping you maintain over all health. Plus they are easy to add in to any lifestyle without too much work or time.

Dark leafy greens (Kale, Spinach etc)

…are very rich in vitamins and minerals and are purifying for the blood as well as improving your circulation, which gives you more energy and strengthens your immunity, two things multitasking moms need. Sneak them into a smoothie or enjoy in a salad. They are delicious sautéed in a little olive oil with garlic too.

Quinoa (Pronounced KEEN-Wah)

…has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains, great for busy moms. Quinoa is a complete protein and has equal protein to milk. These little grains are a very high-energy grain, helping you sustain your energy for longer. Quinoa is very versatile, you can mix in with vegetables, eat it alone as you would rice or you can add nut milk and dried fruit and nuts for a sweet breakfast treat.

Avocados

…are great for your heart, and with heart disease being the number one killer of women we need to take care of our organ that gives so much love. These little green gems are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol. They are also a good source of potassium, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. If that is not enough, they are also rich in foliate, a nutrient important for heart health.

Chia Seeds

…these little black seeds might be more familiar to you as Chia Pets but they are more than a decorative seed, they are more nutritionally dense than flax seeds or soy. They are very rich in Omega 3s, which are an anti-inflammatory, great for our heart, brain and joints. Chia seeds also have 6x the calcium of milk promoting healthy bones.  You can add chia seeds to nearly any baked goods, or add them into your smoothies. You can also grind 1 tlbs chia seeds and mix with 2 tbls water as an egg substitute in baked goods. They add a great crunch sprinkled over a salad.

Dark Chocolate

…yes I know what you are thinking – chocolate –healthy? Well dark chocolate is a super food but you must have one that is 73% cocoa or above to get all the health benefits. This is a sweet treat to have around when your sweet tooth is acting up, just a small amount is satisfying and at the same time you get a good dose of antioxidants as cocoa has more antioxidants than blueberries! And it lifts your mood, great when your nerves are feeling a little stretched with the many hats a mom wears.

Want to learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate?

For a (completely tax deductible) donation of $5 or more to Sharon’s personal fundraising page for our PCRF team, you will receive a Podcast Class on the fun health benefits of chocolate and a Healthy Chocolate Recipe E-Book filled with healthy recipes you can make at home! So fun!

Click HERE to learn more

Thanks Sharon!  I bought my first box quinoa this past weekend and am curious to try it out!  All great tips!  I can’t wait to high five you on May 1st!  Thank you for joining and supporting our team! xo Jen

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fitbook fitness journal {& giveaway}

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I recently met Angela, the owner and founder of fitbook, a fabulous fitness + nutrition journal, through a networking group I joined.

Seeing that I am now officially training for my 3rd half marathon as part of Team Tiny Oranges to benefit pediatric cancer research this coming May 1st I thought it might be a great tool to use in my training.   So Angela kindly gave me one to try and it has been completely eye-opening.

Incidentally, Angela is also going to sign up to run her first half marathon with our team on May 1st! Go Angela! I love it!

fitbook helps you to track your goals, workouts, nutrition, water intake and so much more. And what makes it even more beneficial, it also gives you the space to journal how you felt AFTER each workout, meal or snack, so you can start to track patterns.  This is HUGE.

One of the most useful tools for me is the food pyramid tracker at the bottom of the page, which counts servings of the different food groups, glasses of water, vitamins, etc.

When I started journaling in my new fitbook I realized how balanced (or unbalanced) my diet was. As it turns out, I was having on average only about half of the servings of vegetables I should be on a daily basis.   Big “a ha” moment.

I was also not drinking as much water as I *thought* I was.  It seemed like I was drinking water all day long.  But when I actually tracked how many times I filled up my Intak water bottle and counted my ounces, I was not having the recommended 64.

I have also found the patterns interesting, because if I have a bad workout in the AM, I can then go look at the day and even week prior to look at the possibility that maybe I wasn’t hydrated enough, or other clues affecting how I felt that day. For me, getting enough water each day has made a big difference in my training.

Plus,WRITING down everything you eat and every time you workout makes you ACCOUNTABLE!  Did you know that writing down everything you eat can cut your daily intake by 500 – 1000 calories? Now that I have been journaling, I believe it!

Like do I really want to eat that Twix from my daughter’s Valentine candy stash if I HAVE to actually write it down and check off a sugar?  By the time I think about it, the urge has usually passed. I really don’t want to see a Twix in my little snack section!

This is an absolutely fabulous tool for anyone wanting to lose weight, get in better shape or train for an event.

The opening quote in the book is, “an idea is just a dream until you write it down…then it’s a goal. – anonymous”  Love this. So true.  I know fitbook will help you reach your goals too.

Click here to visit their store and buy it – cost is $22.95 for a 12 week journal.

On February 11th I was part of their Blog Your Heart Out campaign along with the Go Red for Women American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease and women.  As a result of my participation, I was chosen along with 5 other bloggers to give a fitbook away to one of my readers!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

To enter to win a free fitbook, please leave a separate comment for each entry option. Contest runs through Mon., 2/28/11 at 8pm PST.  I will contact winner via email so please leave your email address is the email comment field. Good luck!

1. Simply comment below & tell me what you would use your fitbook for! – 1 ENTRY

2. Join the Go Red for Women campaign and email five friends to spread the word on heart disease.  Click HERE to sign up, then comment with the first names of the 5 friends you sent it to! – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @fitbook on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} fitbook on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

6. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

7. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate with Angela & I in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

Good luck and happy weekend everyone!

www.getfitbook.com

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