How I exercise {giveaway}

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Without regular exercise I wouldn’t be able to fit into my jeans everyday with all of this baking I have going on here. Not only is exercise just good for me, but it’s a tremendous stress reliever and allows me to spend quality time with my family.

Our exercise of choice is always running. It’s not often that I buy fitness clothes, but when I do, I always seem to exercise better. I guess it’s that little voice in my head saying, ‘Oh yeah, you look cute. You go girl!’.

Whatever gets you out there and exercising right?

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I know I’ve said it before, but I use a calendar to keep track of my exercising. I use Google Calendar and have a specific calendar (that I choose to be blue if you’re familiar with Google Calendar) just for exercise. I write down exactly what I did for exercise that day (setting it as ‘all day’ instead of a time so it shows up boldy on my calendar). That way, two things happen:

  1. I can look back and say, ‘Wow, I rock. I did a really good job this week! Look at all of that blue!’.
  2. Or, I can look at the calendar and say, ‘Yikes, there’s not enough blue. It’s been way too long since I exercised. It’s time to get out there’.

That way, I’m keeping myself on track and that blue calendar motivates me along the way.

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Anyway. I know I’m not the skinniest girl in the world and I’ve always gotten down on myself about my body (stupid short waist…my ribs literally sit inside of my hips). But, I feel awesome, especially since having Liam. I’m now down to a lower weight that I was before I had the baby! πŸ˜€


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I’d love to hear how you stay motivated to exercise!

Speaking of exercise, don’t you want to win this awesome Albion Fit Go Long Crew with thumb holes, like mine? I picked it out because it was my favorite thing in their store.

The shirt is soft and breathable and the thumb holes make me feel cool and are a great touch for those chilly days. And you should see all of the other workout clothing that Albion Fit has. Can I have one of each, please?

Here’s an exclusive promotional code for your you to save $15 on any purchase of $50 or more. Just use the code at checkout: chocolatecarrots15 (expires 5/4/13)

Okay….giveaway time!

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No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the United States. Winner will be selected at random by rafflecopter using All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 24 hours, another winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners’ address.Β  This giveaway has been sponsored by Albion Fit. I received the shirt to review for this post. Β All opinions stated are my own.


  1. I’m with you, my all-time favorite exercise is running! I have run 3 marathons and about 10 half marathons! I love it!! I have also recently started CrossFit and it is another awesome workout!! I would love to win this giveaway! Working out is always much better while wearing cute new clothes!! πŸ™‚

  2. According to my doctor I need more cardio. So lately I have been riding my bike if the weather is good. Which I love to do more than anything.

  3. I’m actually looking for a good exercise regimen for myself. I need to get in better shape and lose some weight, but I’ve never been very good about committing to it. Plus, I have an old knee injury that I need to be careful about.

    Does anyone have some good low-impact exercise advice? I see swimming and cycling. I like the latter right now, but when I feel like I can put on a bathing suit, I love to swim! πŸ™‚

    Also, yoga VS Pilates? Anyone speak the language?

  4. Running (I’m semi-training for my first 1/2 marathon) and yoga. I need to get back into weight lifting some, though, and I’m looking forward to more swimming when it gets too hot to run here in Tulsa.

  5. I like to keep my workout routine varied. I like kettlebell workouts, hiking, walking, kickboxing, plyometric workouts. Pretty much anything that gets my heart pumping and makes me work up a good sweat. Right now, I’m pregnant, so I’m sticking with a light strength training workout, prenatal yoga, and walking.

  6. I like to run outside when it’s nice and ride the stationary bike at home when it’s not. I’ve also been lifting weights with Chalean Extreme lately and that’s been making a big difference!

  7. I do boot camp classes to stay in shape. I only do it three times a week and I am in much better shape than I have ever been doing anything else.

  8. I used to play vball all the time and it just became my mode of exercise… But now since I’m not on a team anymore, and because its hard to find 11 other ppl to play with, into to the gym to get a good workout!

  9. You look so adorable in that shirt! I love it! And way to go on being smaller than pre-baby! So exciting! I love running and I love doing cross-fit. That is probably my favorite because it’s pure torture but it’s usually over fast! πŸ˜‰

  10. I love yoga and zumba, but I’ve found that I need to supplement those with running to really stay in shape

  11. I love hiking, and I can mix it up with both walking and running. Can’t beat the scenery either! Thanks for having this giveaway! The Albion fit looks awesome. I’ve always wanted a top with thumb holes since it’s chilly in the mornings around here.

  12. I love just about any and every exercise! Especially lifting heavy weights and HIIT workouts, they would have to be my all time fave!

    Motivation . . . hmm tricky one . . . I stick with it because of how great I know I will feel when I’m done. And we all know happy mama = happy family right πŸ˜‰

    ps you sweet Caroline are stunning!

    1. I’m with ya, Emma. I’m usually about up for anything. I just mainly stick to running. However, a few months ago I tried Pure Barre for the first time (do that have that in Australia?) and it was AWESOME. Love finding new ways to kick my bum. πŸ™‚

      P.S. Thank you! You’re too kind.

  13. My husband and I walk our dogs twice a day and I love to do yoga when I get the chance. Nothing like exercise to make you feel better!

  14. You look good! It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I would love a top like yours or the optimum capris. My favorite thing to do is running or yoga.

  15. Wow, I had never even heard of this site before! I’m absolutely in love with your crew top. I can’t decide if I like it more in jade or rust!

  16. just daily walking i’m afraid. i wish i could do more but after years of being sick i’m thankful to still be able to walk the dogs a couple of miles every day.

  17. Hello! I haven’t posted on your blog yet, but I love it and I love your recipes. I LOVE exercising. I grew up dancing, so that is my favorite form (I take a hip hop class once a week) my new love of the past three years is running. I like long distance running but it tends to mess with my stress hormones (I, like you have PCOS, and I try to regulate it without medication). I swim once or twice a week as well as walking and dance aerobics. Exercise is my therapy, it keeps me sane, happy and confident. Its always there when other things aren’t cutting it. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Kassidy! I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. I’m always thrilled to hear that people like my recipes. πŸ™‚ Hooray! And good for you for sticking it to PCOS and telling those hormones who’s boss. πŸ˜‰ I love the thought of dancing as exercise. I guess I wasn’t ever exposed to it growing up, so I never think about it, but what an awesome way to get your exercise! Do you do zumba? I haven’t tried that, but I know a ton of people LOVE it! Anyway. I’m with ya. Exercise is my therapy too. Such a great stress reliever. πŸ™‚

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