#19 The Hot Chocolate 15K [#27ThingsforMY27thYear]

If you’ve been following SeeSondraSlim, you know my big mission these days is knocking 27 tasks off a list I created to commemorate my 27th year on Planet Earth.

In order to achieve this, obviously I have to do at least two things a month (sometimes 3) from this most auspicious list!

March 7th, the list kicked off with my Sunrise Hike up Cowles Mountain, and this today, I’ve officially completed #19: The Hot Chocolate 15K. I’m a little terrified admittedly. I have completed a few 5K’s so far, but never anything longer. However, if you’re familiar with this particular race, you know there is historically always an adorable hoodie and a pot of melted chocolate for you at the finish line. Bonus: 15K racers got an awesome medal that looks like a partially wrapped chocolate bar!

Photo Credit: Hot Chocolate Run San Diego

Photo Credit: Hot Chocolate Run San Diego

I was really fortunate to have two amazing ladies with me to cross the finish line! I love you, Ashley and Kalyca!

I set out knowing that this would be tougher for me, being that I’m more of a “stretch yourself into awkward positions for exercise” type of girl, but I am proud to say that we killed that course, even if we weren’t the fastest or most athletic group out there!

Turns out, I finished in 2:31:13….not bad for walking a LOT of it, and all those Downtown SD hills!

I got to the finish line, and learned they were OUT of medals.

Yeah, you read that right. One of the major reasons I went from doing comfy 5K runs was to get a damn medal! And nooooo. I get there, and there are like 4 conflicting stories as to why there isn’t one for me.

Fortunately, one competent event facilitator was able to tell me that there was a list we could add our names to, and they’ll be mailed to us. So, that’s why there is no blackboard photo this time. But, I still have some good ones:

Day before the race, sharing my swag and outfit plans on Instagram @SeeSondraSlimmer

Day before the race, sharing my swag and outfit plans on Instagram @SeeSondraSlimmer

Past the finish line with Kalyca! WE DID IT!

Past the finish line with Kalyca! WE DID IT!

A surprise GIANT card and roses from the best boyfriend ever when I got home!

A surprise GIANT card and roses from the best boyfriend ever when I got home!

My finishing stats! Because that, friends, is what it's all about: FINISHING.

My finishing stats! Because that, friends, is what it’s all about: FINISHING.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find a photo of myself on my stats page, which is what held up this post so long. However, you can watch this awesome video of me crossing the finish line!

Moral of the story? You can accomplish anything. If I can do a 15K, and still walk the entire week after, it’s not hard. LOL.

Set some goals that you never thought you could achieve before. Go ahead and surprise yourself….it’s worth every bit of effort, I promise!


The “Get Fit” Lust List!

Ahh….2015 is here. I am really excited for everything it has in store!

This means every time I go to the gym, I’ll end up leaving without a workout (or my sanity), because either all of the parking or all of the equipment will be occupied. Thankfully, I recently got ClassPass, which allows me to go to many of the super adorable, super trendy fitness studios for a variety of concentrated workouts (my favorites so far are Yoga Sculpt at Yoga Six Point Loma, and Barre at PureBarre Hillcrest), on my time, in the area where I happen to be.

For a girl with two jobs, and a limited sleep schedule, this is an amazing option. I kept my 24 Hour Fitness membership as well, because I get a rebate through one of my jobs that pays for all but $4 of it!

I am currently training for the Mermaid 5K here in San Diego, as well as the Hot Chocolate 15K in March…so those treadmills come in handy for training!

As I get re-fired up for the New Year, I’ve gotten back into more “clean” eating, and I have so many awesome products I have found to aid in my fitness journey that I cannot wait to get my hands on-so I thought I’d share them with you! I get REALLY excited about fancy inventions (and a little angry that I didn’t think of them), and I try to evaluate how practical they are for myself, and my lifestyle. I have decided that these are “must haves,” and will gradually be adding them to my arsenal!

Yoga SmartMat -$297 (pre-order price, ships this Summer)

This mat is AMAZING! It has an app for almost all of your tech devices to aid in really strengthening and improving your practice. Check out the description from the site:

“There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to yoga. That’s why we built SmartMat to be unique to its owner. The first time you use your SmartMat, it will take you through a series of movements to calibrate your body shape, size and personal limitations.
This Personal Profile information is stored in your SmartMat App, and will help SmartMat detect when you’re out of alignment or balance. Over time, it will automatically evolve with updated data as you improve your yoga practice.Your body. Your yoga. Your SmartMat.”

There’s also a really cool video on the site that you can watch to get a better idea of how and why it works. I MUST HAVE ONE!!! As soon as I can justify spending that kind of money (after all, I’m still recovering from Christmas), it’s mine!

Six Pack Bags- Expert Innovator 300 -$69.99

These bags are pretty awesome. They allow you

Check out the online product description: “The bag comes with  2 Gel Packs, 3 Snap Lid containers, 1 large sports nutrition container and ergonomic shoulder strap.Everything you need to travel fit™. The biggest innovation in meal management for the fitness elite.
Travel effortlessly with more than 3 meals, sports nutrition products and supplements. “

The side pockets can hold your shaker bottles, an extra change of gym clothes maybe? The possibilities are endless…and being someone ALWAYS on the go, this bag is ideal for my meal prep needs. I can make meals in advance, and then just portion them every night into my containers and be able to hit the road the next day! GENIUS! Also, use code WELCOME15 for 15% off any purchase!

SkinnyFox Detox Tea-14 Day Total Body Reboot -$34

So, a friend and I were talking about detox teas, and our mission to quit coffee this year. While making the switch exclusively to tea, we thought doing a cleanse (especially one that requires you to simultaneously eat well for the best results) would be a good idea. I have been following Skinny Fox Detox on Instagram for awhile now, and immediately thought of this program. So, this is en route to my house as we speak, and combined with 5K training, clean eating, and yoga…I am excited for the results! Check out the product description from the site:

“Our response to the notorious 10 Day Master Cleanse, unlike the Lemonade Diet or the Master Cleanse, Mini Fox Detox does not require you to starve yourself, drink pepper water or salt water.

We utilize a TWO part plan, consisting of a morning and night tea:

-Morning Tea: ‘Hello Gorgeous’ – Taken when you wake up, this tea is very smooth with no bitterness. Blended to consist of the most powerful natural teas and herbs to give you metabolism boosting, increased energy and fight fat accumulation. Comes in a loose leaf form for guaranteed freshness.

-Evening Tea: ‘Goodbye Cherry Pie’ – Taken before you go to bed, every other night, this tea is very light and easy to drink. Blended with a natural and gentle laxative and herbs to prevent stomach cramping. This tea is meant to help you say ‘Goodbye’ to toxin accumulation! Made in tea bags that have been oxygen whitened, without the use of bleach or other chemicals.

You will receive 40 grams of Hello Gorgeous and 7 tea bags of Goodbye Cherry Pie”

Also, you can check out all the ingredients on this awesome page of the Skinny Fox site, and it goes into detail of each and every single tea and what they use in it! I’ll keep you all posted on how it works, as soon as I get started.

CrockPot Lunch Crock – $24.99

Ok, so at one of my offices, there is no microwave. This can cause issues when it comes to my ability to make good decisions at lunch time, I have no problem admitting it!

So, the beauty of this item is that you put your meal in, plus it in when you get to work, and voila! Hot food by lunch time! My kind of crockpot! It’s great for the soups I love to make, but I can also put roasted veggies and already prepared meats in here, and not risk them drying out or being undercooked, as well.

Note: The link goes to Amazon, but I found this same product at Target for $19.99. But only in blue/black combo..so I may go to Target.com or pay extra on Amazon to get a “funner” color. Don’t act like this surprises you.

I am really excited to continue my quest to get back on track, and can’t wait to keep you all posted!

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I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! Remember, it’s not about the resolutions….it’s about enjoying every second of your life, and making it amazing!