NSV Giveaway!

On April 14, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I can't believe I'm putting this online...

So I’ve been doing some exercise of late.  Some walks around the neighborhood when the hubs gets home to get out of the house, clear my head, and really of late?  Get my mind off how much my life sucks and how much my gut hurts.  I know that I have as many excuses to just NOT, and even my parents are wondering if I’m overdoing it a bit, but this is my way of forgetting how much I really don’t like eating right now.  Cause I had some soft scrambled eggs and cheese last night — fine.  Then some soup?  And the knife reappeared and lasted throughout the night and is still there this morning.  So yeah.  Back to liquids only for me.  So this exercise thing?  Is the ONLY thing that is keeping me somewhat sane.

So in the process, I’ve been trying to move my ass a bit faster and pick up some speed.  And the question came up — when does a walk become a jog?  And @mcnee answered (and I’m paraphrasing here) that a jog is when both feet are off the ground at some point during the period.  Walking requires one foot to be on the ground at all times.  So last night, I actually paid attention to my stride.

Verdict?  I’m jogging.  I’m a painfully S L O W jogger.  But I’m jogging.

These are words I never thought my fat ass would ever say.  Andrea is jogging.  OMG, Andrea is actually jogging.  It’s time to tell the Runkeeper on my iPhone that I’m no longer walking, that I’m “running.”  (Although it’s a snail’s pace of 3.77 mph..)  I have to tell you — at 5+ years out, these NSV’s are harder and harder to come by.  That makes them all the more special.

And so the folks at thriv?  They’re gonna help me celebrate.

Now let me tell you about thriv.  That shirt up there?  With the fitbloggin logo?  It’s a thriv shirt.  And it’s one of my favorite ones to work out in.  It’s a bamboo / cotton blend that is SOOO silky smooth that it’s amazing to wear.  But what’s super neat about it is that it wicks away sweat amazingly well.  And me while doing my snail’s pace jogs?  I sweat.  More than I really should be discussing.  So just move on from that.  I don’t like to wear tee’s while jogging because they become heavy and stiff.  This one doesn’t.  Additionally, it’s naturally SPF protective (yes, I have a farmer’s tan..), it breathes!, and it’s just wonderfully comfortable.  I LOVE this shirt.  And really, I mean that I LOVE this shirt.  I will be buying more from this little company.

So here’s the deal.  One of you will be winning a shirt.  It’s that easy.  It won’t have the cool fitbloggin’ logo (I know — you’re devastated!) but you pick the size and the company will ship directly to you.  The ladies’ shirt is fitted (XS-XL) and the men’s shirt (M-XXL) isn’t as much:

Women's Thriv

Men's Thriv

To enter the contest, all you have to do is tell me what you do to be physically active.  If that means you walk the dogs around the block, chase the kids around the house, do yoga, swim, whatever.  If you are still pre-op, what goals do you have?

I’ll use a random number generator next Wednesday the 21st, at 8am to select the winning reply.

Even if you don’t win, thriv has a newsletter that anyone can (and should) join.  They give away 50 shirts a month to people on the newsletter — if you’re interested in joining it, you can do so by visiting their brand spanking new online store.

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41 Responses to “NSV Giveaway!”

  1. Patti says:

    I have become addicted to Zumba. I do it 4 times a week and I am trying to add more days! Would love a shirt to wisk away the sweat!

  2. Carlea says:

    I walk 2 miles three times a week, try to get a walk in during my lunch hours, and have just started doing aqua aerobics twice a week! I think I’d get the XL….and hopefully that would get way too big eventually! :)

  3. Jodi B says:

    Exercise has been hard for me to commit to. I average 3 times a week at the gym using the eliptical but also attempt water aerobics, body pump or working out with a trainer when the urge hits. Maybe if I had a cute thriv shirt it would motivate me to go more often!

  4. Laurie says:

    Well, I used to jog, when I was thinner. I found that even walking the block to Rite Aid had me jogging. I loved that feeling and so want to get back to it. Currently, I have the Walking DVDs by Leslie Sansone. I even bought a set of resistance bands to do with it. I like her stuff. Since I have gained a TON of weight, I am committed to getting back on track. I have done her videos 2 x a week for the last several. My goal is to get up to 4 times a week. Finding the time is the challenge. Gabi doesn’t always like it when I exercise.

    Congrats, Andrea, on all your accomplishments! Even with the knife gut thing, you are persevering!

  5. lesleygirl says:

    I get my Zumba on six days a week. My current workout shirts are getting too big, and I’d love a new one!

  6. Nessa says:

    Andrea I am so proud of you for jogging.

    I do Yoga. that’s my addiction now…

  7. MacMadame says:

    I became addicted to triathlons after my surgery. So I bike, swim, run and do Crossfit and Pilates.

    I like variety. :D

  8. Julie B says:

    I get up at 4 am to make it to the gym by 5 to work out with my trainer. After he beats me to a bloody pulp, he sends me off for a round of cardio. Upon returning home, I then run after my kids (literally) all day. I don’t know what has me burning more calories. LOL

    As much as I would love to have plastics, it’s not realistic for me. So I’m attempting to be the hot mom on the block by working my butt off and eating right. Those who know me, know I cook constantly, but I try to cook as healthy as possible. Now if I could just do better with my vitamins…….hey, we all have our vices.

    I don’t know if I will ever be able to look in a mirror and not see a size 26, but I really need to stop buying clothing that’s way too big. Baggy shirts are my crutch and if I win this shirt, maybe I will actually get a size that fits! My workout pants almost fell off in the gym last week. So yeah, I think it’s time to size down.

    Andrea, you have been doing fantastic. Totally deserving of a double w00t w00t!

  9. Lisa says:

    I am at the gym 6-7 days a week. I go to Zumba 6-7 times a week, pilates 2 times a week, run on the treadmill, use the ellipticals, swim 3-4 times a week, aqua classes 1-2 times a week , starting a weights program this month and use my Wii Fit Plus and EA Active at home. Honestly, exercise seems to be my transfer addiction. There are worse things for it to be I suppose! After having to pull my gym pants up OVER my bra yesterday before family Zumba and having my son laugh like crazy about it I am certainly in need of some better fitting gym clothes! Grabbed a couple of pants and tanks today but could always use more! Congrats on your accomplishments and I hope the gut pain gets figured out soon!

  10. Tiffani says:

    I am pretty boring switching between the eliptical and resistance training 4-5 days a week. The snow has finally melted and I am getting a bike for the first time since I was 12 and I just found a Zumba class that I can’t wait to sign up for!

  11. Aimee says:

    Prior to finding out I was pregnant, I jogged 4x a week, went to the gym 3-5x a week for weights and other cardio (elliptical) and used the Total Gym. I plan on continuing to exercise (minus the jogging).

  12. Katie says:

    When not living my life constantly attached to a nebulizer, I like to walk/jog, use the elliptical, and swim. I’ve also done a few Zumba classes, which I really enjoy.

  13. Tammy says:

    I’m pre-surgery, getting close to getting my surgery date, hooray. I exercise 6 days a week by using my treadmill. I can only walk because I’ve had a hip replacement and jogging is just to hard on replaced parts. So I walk for 40 minutes, an 18:45 mile, at a 4% incline. I hope to improve that mile – perhaps a 15 minute mile after more weight comes off? I’d like to learn to box and take Tae Kwon Do so I can do moves with my grandson after I have surgery. And btw – I sweat like a pig too, sweating is supposed to be good, or so I tell myself as I’m dripping.

  14. Melissa Stevens says:

    I either do Wii fit or take my crazy chocolate lab partrolling about the neighborhood

  15. Renae says:

    I do Zumba 2 x week, Yoga 3 x week, and I chase 2 kids under the age of 5 years old 24/7 =D I also enjoy going on walks when it’s cool in the evenings. In the summer, I do a lot of swimming, but there is no indoor pool here on base, so I’m currently not doing that.

  16. Lynn B says:

    Hey!! New gym addict here – up at 5am to hit the gym five days a week. M-W-F is 30 minutes of cardio and then Life Fitness circuit training. T-T is 60 minutes of cardio – talk about sweating!!

    Now that the weather is nice I’ve added in a 1.25 mile walk at lunch time to – I love getting up and getting it done – then I feel energized for the rest of the day and I don’t have to try to juggle evening activities to “Squeeze” exercise in. Everything after 7am is a bonus!

    Congrats on the jogging !!


  17. Lisa says:

    I do a variety of things.. elliptical, walk dogs, clean house, hang clothes on clothesline, empty the dishwasher of silverware ONE piece at a TIME (more walking!).

    At the gym I do Zumba, Body Pump and RPM. I have done boot camp in the past, but it was too hard on my knees. I do miss boot camp tho. Going to talk to the trainers to see if there’s a way to do it w/o knee pain.

    I also work with a trainer once a week. Would love to work with her more, but gets $$.

  18. sand says:

    Wii fit and threadmill…my biggest issue is finding decent sneakers…my feet are a hot mess…but I am trying

  19. Becky says:

    I do a walk around my local lake almost daily – and when my husband is off, we hit the gym together.

    Well done on the jogging Andrea, sometimes, when I end my walks, I get an adrenaline rush and jog maybe 100meters or so…..we all start somewhere right?

    Thanks for your giveaway :-) )))

  20. Christina Moctezuma says:

    Hey there!

    I have started going back to the gym, and I discovered (much to my chagrin) that I actually LIKE the exercise classes. In my head, if I am in there, I am going to save face and keep up, so…it works for me!

    Congrats on the jogging!

  21. Kim says:

    I go to Curves Gym 4 times a week – love it there. Circuit training keeps me going – we change machines every 30 seconds, no time to slow down, keeps my heart rate up.

    I also walk on my home treadmill 6 days a week, usually about 3.5 mph with 40% incline. After reading your blog, I’m definetely still walking, but post surgery, jogging will be in my future.

    I can’t believe I just typed that – jogging will be in my future. Wow !

  22. sunni1974 says:

    Congrats on the jogging! I too have started jogging. I walk everyday to and from work then go for a 1 hour walk in the evenings which is turning into a walk/jogging routine. I put my earphones in and can’t believe I started moving last June doing 5 minutes a day on my stationary bike. It really is an incredible feeling.

  23. Emily Williams says:

    Sorry to hear the pain is so bad. Hope that you get this resolved soon!

    Activity for me is multipart:
    M-F two twenty minute treadmill sessions per day…usually mid morning and mid afternoon to make sure I don’t sit 9 hours nonstop.

    Evening: make up any missed treadmill sessions, plus attend dog agility classes 2-3 nights a week.

    Weekends: get out and play with the dogs…run with them in the yard, practice agility or go to a trial. Use the WII fit some and the treadmill a little.

  24. Alicia Howard says:

    I walk for 1 hour 6 mornings a week. I am trying to build up to walk the San Francisco marathon in October. I have also added weight resistance training to my workout.

  25. Jennifer says:

    I work out 2x a week with my personal trainer. I also do water aerobics, ellipitcal, lift weights, yoga class throughout the week. I try to take a walk at lunchtime every day to get my moving during the middle of the day and to help keep my sanity! lol… And I am taking my bike in to get “rehabbed” as it has been sitting for a long time – so I can begin to take advantage of the great trails we have around town.


  26. Penny says:

    I walk and ride the exercise bike. I also babysit my 2 year old granddaughter and that is alot of exercise.

    I hate exercise, but walking and stationary bike (I read while I ride) work for me.

  27. Janet T. Miller says:

    I am pre-op, RNY on May 4th. I have been trying to swim a mile (36 laps)
    three mornings a week and do strength training on tuesdays and Thursdays. I would really like to walk again, but too much pain in my feet right now. So that is a goal for later. Also right now I am swimming between 18-20 and an occasional 36 laps. Goal to minimum do 1 mile.
    Also play golf and want to be able to walk 18 holes. To start even 9 would be an accomplishm,ent.

  28. cheryl b says:

    I go to the gym 3-4 days a week and I walk on my lunch hour.

  29. Joanne says:

    I have joined curves and go there 3 times a week and I also walk as much as I can.

  30. Lori Koenen says:

    I love to walk the 3 mile trail around the lake here just a mile and a half from home. So soothing mentally and physically, when I DO IT!

  31. Ole says:


    I hope you feel better soon.

    In the morning I stretch and do 15 minutes of yoga before I have breakfast.

    During my work day I walk up and down the seven flights of stairs at work whenever possible and I walk around the building to talk to people instead of emailing them.

    Evenings: 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I walk for an hour around my neighborhood at a brisk pace.

  32. Teresa says:

    Hey Andrea..
    I have become somewhat obsessive with exercise since I can finally do some.. I go to the gym at least once a week.. I am going to boot that up to three times a week now since they are going to be offering water aerobics three times a week .. I do the recumbent elipitical for 30 minutes, then the recumbent bike for 30 minutes, then I walk on the treadmill for 1 hour straight..I then move on to the strength training machines for approximately an hour.. I then get in thier pool and walk and/or swim for another 30 minutes.. then immediatly follow that is the water aerobics class for 45 minutes..
    I also walk daily anywhere from 1 1/2 miles to 3 miles.. usually about 2 miles average.. I do 1 hour of Wii fit along with Wii Just Dance.. I usually walk again at night on the treadmill while watching the news..
    Yes I think it is a replacement addiction.. but I love how I feels when I exercise.. and I feel like I am getting results.. hurrah.. 1 year ago I could not walk 20 feet nor do any type of exercise..
    My exercise clothes are a joke.. My tops are usually soaked at the gym and I look like I am trying to have a wet T shirt contest. I shop at thrift stores for my clothes and I will until I reach my goal.. good workout clothes are hard to come by, especially there. It would be so nice to win this top..
    Thank you so much for all you do for all of us.. I am still praying for you to find what is wrong with you.. I am sorry you are still on liquids and still in pain..
    Congratulations on the jogging..What a great accomplishment.. Way to Go.. I am not at that point yet.. jogging at close to 200lbs on a 4’10″ frame with arthritic knees just does not sound feasible right now.. lol…
    Keep up the good work and Thank You again for all you do.. You are a very special and kind person.. You are building up those jewels for your crown..

  33. sunshine6102 says:

    i have become addicted to the gym. i have a great support system and everyone is ready to go with me when i want to go. i have gone everyday since i joined. i love the treadmill, bike and the machines i have not mastered the elliptical yet that is gonna take some practice…lol

  34. Sara Casey says:

    Well, I’m doing the Couch to 5K program, chasing my 6, 5, and 3 year old around constantly…..A first for me..I actually enjoy the exercise…Never thought I would be saying that, not in a million years :)

  35. Deedles says:

    I have my trusty treadmill and use it daily. I alternate every other day with strength training on the Bowflex and PT exercises to improve my flexibility and strength, especially in my core and legs. I’m fighting arthritis in my knees and hips so some days it’s all I can do to hobble to a chair!

    Now that the weather is nice and the water is warming up I’ll be scuba diving every weekend, that’s my salvation!

    Thanks for all you do for us….I hope you know how much we appreciate you!


  36. Alisa Keiper says:

    What do I do to be physically active? Now don’t laugh, enough people in my neighborhood already do that! lol :
    I put my sneakers on, take a deep breath, put the leashes on them, and take off down the road. I’m talking about my CATS of course. Yes, all three of my cats walk on leashes, and we don’t exactly walk, we DASH! We start down the road at a brisk pace, until one of them sees a bird, and then it’s a mad dash into the woods! I never know where we’ll end up, but nobody has ever had such an adventurous workout until they’ve taken a walk/run/dash/sprint with three active cats! They are sooo glad I’m getting healthy!! :D

  37. Lady Lithia says:

    Hey Andrea…

    How do I move, let me count the ways…

    I stand in front of a room full of teenagers 5 hours every week day, using the force of my will to keep them from turning on me like a pack of wild dogs and rending me limb from limb. When I’m not teaching I make a sloth look energetic. Occassionally I do energetic things like spend a few hours walking around the zoo, hiking, climbing mountains, kayaking, but again, for the most part, other than work, I’m a sloth.

  38. Karen A. says:

    Ahhh, things I do to move =)

    I’d have to say #1 is chasing my kids around! Though not nso much right now as I just had my surgery 4-13.

    I love going out for walks in nature, too!!

    Ohh, and lifting my kids up over my head to strengthen arm muscles!! We both get a kick out of THAT =)

  39. Lorraine says:

    Walking. Wearing a pedometer. Finally feeling like I have more energy & the weather is nice… I want to be outside & walking. My driveway/lane is .25 miles long makes keeping track pretty simple.

  40. Dean says:

    I am constantly on my feet at work. When I’m not at work then I’m trying to walk small distances everyday.

  41. Valerie says:

    You encouraged me when I started c25k last year. Despiate my kneee injury late last summar, I have found my groove and happy to say I am back to jogging 3 days a week and using my ellipitcal on off days. My knee says no running 2 days in a row so the ellipitcal gives a great low impact workout. I must say I am a slow jogger too so no worries. At least we are moving!

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