Get Your Run On Giveaway Blog Hop

Get your run on giveaway blog hop!

Yay! It’s time for another giveaway blog hop!

For the Get Your Run on Giveaway Hop, I’m giving away something to help you recover from your tough workouts and runs. It’s the Moji 360 Mini Massager, a great portable and easy to use handheld roller to help your sore muscles feel better.

Quick Facts

Relaxes sore muscles
Targets hard to reach areas
Works on all sore muscles
Super portable & easy to use
Three sizes of massage spheres
Adjustable clasp
Easy to clean
1 Year Warranty

How to Use

Slide Moji 360 Mini Massager onto your hand, with the massage spheres on your palm side. Position massage spheres on sore muscles and roll!

Neck & Shoulders: Pinpoint your massage by pushing your fingertips into the top sphere, called the “Target Sphere” and apply pressure while rolling.

For Deepest Massage: For the most intensity, use the heel of your palm against the bottom “Intensity” sphere and apply pressure onto your calves, shins, IT Bands, or PSOAS.

Watch this video for more information:

Enter below and good luck!

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Please make sure to stop by and check out the other blogger’s giveaways for more great giveaways! :)  – Denise

Disclaimer: Moji provided the Mini Massager at no cost for use as a giveaway on my blog. I am currently testing one of their other products for review. As always, the opinions I share are 100% my own and related to my own personal experience with a company and their products. Product description and YouTube video are courtesy of

Dopey Challenge training – Week 11

2015 ruDisney Dopey Challenge - Galloway training

Hi friends, I hope this week is going well for you! If you’re participating in runDisney’s Walt Disney World Marathon weekend like I am, the realization that it’s now less than 4 months away may have hit you like a ton of bricks. Or maybe it’s just me panicking?!

I can’t fully believe I will be doing a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Marathon within only 4 days. I’m freaking out about it but at the same time I will trust my training. I’m following Jeff Galloway’s training plan for experienced runners who have run at least one marathon. His training helped me and so many others finish the Tinker Bell Half last year feeling strong and healthy. I have reason to have faith. Aaaagh, it’s such a big goal to do 48.6 miles in 4 days though!!! 

I don’t always start off my run by crying – but on Sunday before my 11 mile training run, I did. The emotions of Dopey being just 4 months out really hit me hard – can I do it?! On top of that, the bottom of my right heel has been sore and I’m getting over a lingering cold. I felt like a mess but I started up the treadmill and began walking.

The first 4 miles felt like 10. It was like time was standing still. I knew I had to push hard to both keep up my pace and finish that training run.  It’s not an option for me to miss any runs long or short. I will not give in to any excuses, no matter how easy it has felt for me to just give up in the past.

That’s been the hardest thing for me with maintaining such a huge weight loss – to find balance and know when I can slack off a little and when I need to push hard. Right now I’m 15 pounds from where I want to be. The three pounds I lost a few weeks ago keep hopping back on and off again since I started training hard and pushing my pace. I know it’s my body building up stores of glycogen but it still sucks. I miss seeing those lower numbers on the scale, especially after I worked so hard to lose weight to begin with! I realize it’s not all about the number on the scale, I do. I know I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, eat foods that fuel my body, get a lot of sleep, and take good care of myself. It’s just that number on the scale…grrrr.

When I was morbidly obese after having Chase, I would usually do fine with eating during the day and screw up by snacking on high calorie foods late at night. I’d always tell myself, I’ll do better tomorrow. And 99% of those tomorrows, I screwed up again and the weight stayed on.

The end result was being obese for nearly 5 years of my life. I can never get those 5 years back. It really hurts to think about, even today, just how much of my quality of life was lost because I had an unhealthy relationship with food. I was always tired, suffered from migraines regularly, and believed I was a failure at everything except for being a mom. Being a mom was the only thing I really felt like I was doing right, and I wanted to be the best mom I could be.

Even though people often say you can’t lose weight for someone else, you have to do it for yourself – I don’t believe that. I lost weight to be the mom I really wanted to be for Chase. The mom who could go down the slide with him and could run around with him at the park. Not the mom who felt winded just getting out of the car. Or the way I felt in this picture – feeling powerless about how to change and shocked at just how big I’d gotten when I saw it.

110 pound weight loss by running, weights, and eating cleaner.

One of my before pics – taken on the beach in Oahu on vacation in 2007

I look at my before pics to remind myself of where I’ve been and exactly why I need to stay focused. So I don’t become a statistic and regain all of that weight plus more like so many people do. To remind myself why I do hard and crazy things like sign up for a 48.6 mile running challenge after completing 5 half marathons and 2 marathons already. I wish I could say that felt like enough but it’s not to me. I wanted to do something more than a marathon but felt no desire to do an Ultra. I had already planned to go Goofy in 2015 and when I heard about Dopey, it felt like a no brainer. What’s another 5k, right? ;) Remind me of that when I’m getting up at 11pm my time to race 4 days in a row…

So here I am, this 15 pounds heavier and mere months away from doing the Dopey Challenge. I tear up at the thought of it, I just can’t help it. I’m emotional about doing such a HUGE thing. One person asked me a few weeks ago if I was even capable of doing it. I told her “I think so” but the comment still stung. In all fairness, she doesn’t know me well. She’s only known the “thinner” me because we’ve only recently met. She also doesn’t know that even though hard things scare me, my determination is solid as steel and I do it anyway.

I don’t quit.

I’ll stick faithfully to my training and count on it to prepare me for all the races. I’ve started reading though the recaps of this year’s Dopey that some of you posted here and making my way through them. Thank you for sharing so honestly and openly about your race experiences! You really are helping people. I’d love to read as many recaps as I can, learn what has worked for people and what hasn’t. I bet you would too. We can all learn so much from other runners and walkers.

One thing I’m looking forward to is finally running through the Magic Kingdom when I run the Dopey. We didn’t get to do that at Wine and Dine so it will be my first time. I’ll also be back for the WDW Princess Weekend Glass Slipper Challenge in February 2015. 19.3 miles should be a cakewalk after 48.6, right?!

I have another 45 minutes for training tonight. If my heel is still sore, I’ll walk most or all of it but I will get it done!

If you have a Dopey or Glass Slipper Challenge recap to share – whether it’s yours or another blogger’s recap that has helped you – please feel free to leave a link to it in the comments. I know I can’t be the only one feeling nervous and looking for all the help I can get to prepare for these races. We’re all in this together! :)

– Denise

It’s my SITS day!

Hi friends! This has been a pretty exciting week here with school starting, applying for the Disney Parks Moms Panel and training for the runDisney Dopey Challenge. This weekend is an 11 miler, my first double digit run since the See Jane Run Half in July. I’m ready for it!

It’s a pretty special day for my blog Healthy Disney Family and for me as a blogger and I have some news to share.

I’m Today’s Featured Blogger on!

When I started this blog earlier this year, I connected with a great group of bloggers called The SITS Girls. SITS is short for The Secret is in the Sauce. They provide tips about blogging, photography, and social media. They also provide support through an active Facebook community of bloggers to learn from and engage with.

I have really loved being part of the community and learned so much about blogging as a member. When I started out, I had so many questions and they made finding the answers easy. It’s free to join and they welcome all bloggers, whether you’re just starting out or already well established. Here’s a link to find out more:

If you’re visiting my blog for the first time today through #SITSBlogging, welcome! Please leave a comment so I can check out your blog too :) 

I’m also on Twitter, Pinterest, InstagramFacebook, and Bloglovin

Hope you’re having a great week! I’ll be back soon with my August training recap and tips for eating healthy at Disneyland.

– Denise

KitchenAid Artisan mixer giveaway

Every kitchen needs a KitchenAid stand mixer :)  I absolutely love mine and use it for making healthy homemade breads, mashing potatoes, shredding chicken for enchiladas, holiday baking, and more!

KitchenAid Artisan giveaway -

Welcome to the foodie fantastic KitchenAid Artisan Sweepstakes!

Stop by and say hello to our lovely host blogs: Mom to Bed by 8Everything MommyhoodOur Piece of EarthImperfect WomenMomma Without a Cluethe Crazy Nuts MomKelly’s Lucky YouJack of all trades, Master of MomKaley DaviesKatie Talks AboutA Day In The Life Of Mrs. GlassEnter Here CanadaBugs and BeansHappy MotheringDo.Food.Better.My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free LifePet Coupon SavingsHealthy Disney FamilyJust JeanaeSimply BubblyMoms of FaithI Like It Frantic{i love} my disorganized life

This attractively styled KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer is reason enough for you to get busy in the kitchen. With a powerful 325 watt motor, it can handle any task you put to it.


  • Flat beater
  • Dough hook
  • Wire whip
  • Pouring shield
  • 5-quart, polished stainless steel bowl
  • 325-watt motor

One winner will receive a KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer.

Giveaway ends September 25th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Fitness tracking with LEO Fitness band

Have you heard about LEO? It’s a new wearable Fitness Band and Personal Trainer to help you perform your best. I will be reviewing a unit soon and will share more about it when I receive it. Getting more feedback about how my body is working and how I can improve my running and training is something I’m really excited about! 

LEO Fitness review - Healthy Disney Family

You can check out more info about LEO and their Indiegogo campaign from the press release below.

On a more personal note, I’m feeling back on track this week and have had a few really amazing runs! I’m off to get in another Dopey Challenge training run this afternoon.

Hope you have a great weekend!

– Denise

From the press release:

GestureLogic Introduces LEO, the Next Generation of Wearable Fitness Technology and Your New Personal Trainer

LEO provides users with advanced fitness intelligence to help reach their goals

Ottawa, Ontario – June 30, 2014 – GestureLogic announces the launch of LEO, the next generation of intelligent wearable fitness technology designed to help users optimize workouts and reduce the risk of injury.

LEO’s capabilities surpass current fitness wearables by tracking users complex biosignals, such as muscle activity or lactic acid levels, with biomedical monitoring technology. LEO then translates this data into simple and actionable recommendations and notifies users of potential injury, all in real-time via a smartphone application. Regardless of skill level, LEO gives users the knowledge they need to improve workouts and stay healthy while maintaining an active lifestyle.

“Popular fitness wearables estimate performance metrics based on a very limited data set because they are predominately accelerometer-based, meaning they track their own motion instead of measuring human body signals,” said Dr. Leonard MacEachern, CEO of GestureLogic. “LEO takes the guesswork out of fitness tracking because it is a biomedical device that actually monitors your body. This data is then put in an easy to understand format with clear instructions on how to interpret and use it – a huge differentiator from previous generations of fitness wearables, which provided information, but little or no guidance on what to do with that information.”

LEO’s key capabilities include:
Tracking muscle activity, hydration, lactic acid levels, heart rate, and movement
Providing education and advice throughout a user’s workout with simple and actionable recommendations
Identifying signs of future injury and recommending ways to avoid it
Improve training with intuitive visualizations with the raw data available
Competing with friends, comparing workouts with pro athletes and networking with the local fitness community

LEO gives a comprehensive overview of anatomic activity and adapts to each user’s unique physiology. Leveraging each individual’s body as a baseline, LEO helps set goals that make sense for individual fitness and ability level and also learns from trends in the wider community. As a social platform that connects users to friends or pro athletes, LEO helps find local routes, trainers, clubs or shops.

To contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, click here. To learn more about LEO, visit or tweet @leohelps.

About GestureLogic:
GestureLogic is an Ottawa-based wearable technology company arising from award-winning research conducted at Carleton University, Canada. GestureLogic’s team combines experience and expertise in the areas of business, sales, athletics, industrial design, machine intelligence, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Activz and Dial Fitness GIVEAWAY

Today I’m happy to share with you a fun giveaway of two of my new fitness favorites – Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Powder Shake and Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash. 

I talked how much I love the Activz protein powder in my Best Protein Smoothie recipe post. It’s perfect for people who like to eat cleaner like me. It’s made with only seven ingredients and has a whopping 20 grams of protein for only 120 calories per serving. Did I mention it tastes great too?!


Activz Whey Protein Shake - Chocolate

Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Shake ingredients list

Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Shake ingredients list


I also received a full size sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash to try from Purex Insiders. I have been using it for the past few weeks and love the amazing and fresh mango scent. It smells just like a tropical vacation! Post workout or run it’s awesome too. It leaves my skin feeling clean and really soft afterward. 

Enter below for your chance to win two of my new favorite fitness must haves! Some of the entries like Pinning the giveaway on Pinterest and posting on Twitter can be done daily. Good luck!

– Denise

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. The Dial brand provided me with a sample bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash and coupons in exchange for my product review on my blog. Activz sent me a sample of their Chocolate Whey Powder to try and is providing a sample for one of my readers as well. All of the opinions are based on my own honest and real experience with the products. All winners must be 18 years of age or older and live in the continental US.

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