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August 20, 2014
by shalama jackson

It’s almost time. Don’t miss out.

reebok apparel**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Beginning at midnight, Reebok will hold it’s Clockwork Sale. All day you can save on Reebok. Throughout the day, the sale changes or as they put it, “as the clock strikes down so does the deals.”

If you want in, here’s the sale countdown for the day:

midnight - 8 a.m. ET, save 40 percent
8:01  a.m.- 4 p.m. ET, save 30 percent
4:01 p.m.- 11:59 p.m. ET, save 20 percent

reebok crossfit balanceA couple of months ago, I got this Crossfit shirt, which I don’t see on the site anymore as well as the Reebok ONE Series Hot Shorts. I love them both for running and lifting in the gym.  The ZQuicks are also included in the sale.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on training gear, workout wear, graphic tees, back-to-school footwear and so much more! Be sure to use promo code: CLOCKWORK at checkout.

The sale does not include items priced ending in $.98, custom items and gift cards.

Happy shopping.

August 17, 2014
by shalama jackson
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Do you ever yoga in the park?

Barre3 Columbia yoga in the parkI did for the first time on Saturday.

I saw that our local Barr3 studio was offering a free yoag in the park. Well, really it was the South Carolina Statehouse property. I thought, “why not?” I’ve never really had the chance to take one of their classes, which is a combo of using the ballet bar with yoga.

Saturday’s class came on the heels of six mile run with Dwan, one of my Black Girls RUN! Columbia sisters. She is prepping for her first half marathon this fall and needed some company to get it done. Heck, I also needed to log a few miles in because Ragnar DC is right around the corner and I have not been running any distance since Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh in April.

yoga in the parkI liked the class even though my legs were heavy. One of the hardest things came towards the end of the class. The instructors had us get down on the ground in what she called a “Diamond” hold. It was pure gluteus work for 10 minutes.

I have been adding yoga a couple days a week into my workout regimen as a way to really stretch out my muscles. Jimmy, my trainer, is working me hard and having me lift heavy. And since I don’t stretch well if at all after working out with him, I get it in with yoga. Talk about buns on fire…they were hot. We worked the muscle in several different ways on both sides. The goal is a more shaped and lifted butt. What girl doesn’t want that?

yoga parkJust before the glutes work, I snuck a pic of Dwan. When I showed it to her, she said she was thinking, “this can’t be life!” Like I said, we completed six miles in a personal best for her before trekking over to the Statehouse.

yoga with girlsAll in all, it was a great morning. I logged six miles and had the opportunity to try a new class with Dwan and Shonta, another BGR! sister. It’s great to be in the company of other ladies who are also focused on making healthy changes for themselves. It makes life a little easier when you are surrounded by like minded people that also enjoy the choice to be healthier.

 Do you practice yoga? Have you ever in the park?

August 15, 2014
by shalama jackson

Favorite Ways to eat Almonds

california almonds varietyEarlier this summer, I attended Fitbloggin in Savannah almost immediately following my birthday trip to Mexico. Basically, I ended up with nearly two weeks of vacation. And it was during Fitbloggin, a blogging conference for those interested in fitness, wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle, that I was reunited with almonds, one of my favorite childhood snacks.

You see, my father would purchase a variety of mixed nuts and we would sit around with the nut crackers watching TV eating our snack. I loved almonds. I remember saying that I wanted my eyes to be shaped like almonds.

One of the conference sponsors was California Almonds. They had cinnamon glazed almonds that are out of this world. They are addicting and you seriously have to watch yourself because before you know it you have eaten much more than a serving (23 whole almonds).

california almonds tinIn addition to tasting great, almonds are also good for you. In one serving of almonds (1 oz), which amounts to 23 whole almonds, there is:

  • 6g protein – helps build and preserve muscle, hone, skin and nails.
  • 4g fiber – helps promote fullness and digestive health.
  • 9g monounsaturated fat -*One serving of almonds contain 13g of unsaturated fat and 1g of saturated fat.
  • Vitamin E (35% Daily Value) – important antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage & promote healthy skin and hair
  • Magnesium (20% Daily Value) – helps regulate muscle & nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure
  • Riboflavin (20% Daily Value) – important for red blood cell production
  • Phosphorus (15% Daily Value) – helps build strong bones & teeth
  • Plus potassium, calcium, niacin and iron

So much goodness packed into those little nuts!

So, how can you add more almonds to your diet? Here are some of my favorite ways to eat them:


cinnamon glazed california almonds


Justin's almond butter


almond-crusted chicken

What are your favorite ways to enjoy almonds?