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#NoExcuses with #SweatPink

To kick off the year and get my butt back in gear after a longer than it should have been hiatus, I’ve committed to the SweatPink #NoExcuses campaign. One of the first tasks is to complete the mad lib below. It’s kind of serious kind of serious.

sweatpink #noexcuses

  • Hey 2015, it’s me Stina

  • This year I would like to drop these extra pounds I picked up last year, get back into running, and finally be able to do those 10 unmodified push-ups without a struggle.

  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also did a triathlon this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because I’m capable of so much more than I let myself believe sometimes.

  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is spending the first year of wedded bliss not putting on too many “happy pounds.”

  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is not enough time, and I have used it to skip my work-outs on more than enough occasions.

  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to actually get my ass out of bed for a morning workout!

  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still…let’s be honest, if the dog eats my alarm clock, I’m kicking his doggy butt.

  • I will stop blaming the cat for eating the rest of the dog’s food when everyone knows it was really me…wait, no it wasn’t really me. I probably did eat all the cookies though.

  • My Netflix addiction are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my Netflix addiction who’s boss this year and by using it to do workout videos when I’m too lazy to leave the house!

  • I know that even 10 minutes of yoga at home is better than nothing at all.

  • I will reward myself by buying myself some new, perfectly fitting clothes.

  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winning something from Augusta ActiveShowerPill body wipes, Actio926ActivMotion Bar, or Sasquatch Racing. I mean…I have to win something, right?

  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my beat up workout leggings will smell after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

  • Click here if you’re interested in joining!

  • Use the #NoExcuses hashtag and post to win prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.


I’m a Kitchen Ninja

I started this post two weeks ago, but then some very stressful life stuff came up.  The kind I’m not going to share with the entire interwebs.  Things are all better now though.

Disclaimer: I received a Ninja Ultima free in exchange for a review.  As always, all thoughts and options are my own.

Way back in September, at the Healthy Living Summit in Minneapolis, I got the opportunity to hook up with the people over at Ninja Kitchen and try out their Ninja Ultima blender to review for all of you.  Then I promptly became an epic blog slacker….it happens.  But I freaking love this blender so better late than never, right?


To be totally honest, left to my own decision making skills, I would have lived a sad Ninja-less existence.  I had a perfectly functional Kitchen-Aid blender, and the Ninja Ultima is not the cheapest blender on the block (though it’s certainly not the most expensive either!) Having used the blender, I would certainly purchase one on my own, and I would definitely recommend the Ninja brand to others.

So what are some of the things I’ve made with my Ninja so far?  Well, in no particular order (and not an all inclusive list…)

  •  Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from A Pinch of Yum
  • Waffle batter
  • Tomato Soup from Eat Live Run (I did make grilled cheese too, but not in the blender)
  • The creamiest cheese sauce for mac and cheese I’ve ever made in my life…
  • Pumpkin pie filling
  • So.Many.Smoothies.  The single serving cups that come with the blender are absolutely perfect for smoothie making.  So much more effective than the Magic Bullet and so much less clean up than using a normal blender.
  • This potato soup from Weight Watchers.
  • Green juice though this was probably my least favorite since I’m not a fan of pulpy juice, but if you don’t mind pulpy juice (or straining the juice) the Ninja is a great way to avoid the unitasker that is a juicer.

ninja blending

I only have one real complaint* about then blender, and that is it is crazy loud.  Like, my pets are more scared of this blender than they are of the vacuum loud.  It sounds roughly like a jet-engine tearing through the kitchen.

*My other complaint is that the blades are seriously sharp, but I guess if they weren’t crazy sharp, it wouldn’t be such a badass blender. So ultimately it’s my own fault that I’m stupid clumsy and have cut myself on about four different occasions while cleaning this bad boy.

So if you’re in the market for a new blender, you should definitely check out the Ninja Ultima.

Disclaimer: I received a Ninja Ultima free in exchange for a review.  As always, all thoughts and options are my own.

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