Prize Reveal: Stronger Arms, Tighter Core… And Fresher Pits?

I’ve got some very very exciting news today… life is returning to Charleston! Kids returned to school, the ice is gone and we’re one day closer to spring!

Oh, that’s not the news you were expecting?
How about this…

Today is the end of the Core & More Challenge! 

Did you do it? Did you stick with me? I’m not going to lie… those push-ups got pretty tiring at the end. As for my core, it loved the planks! I definitely feel stronger and I am proud to say I no longer hate planks.

So you might be wondering… what does this all mean?

Well, it means that one lucky LR reader will receive a prize package this month!

And it also means that Sunday (Feb 2rd) the February Challenge will be revealed! I know it’s awkward with the first being on a Saturday, so let’s kick off Monday so that everyone has a chance to get to the blog (I know not everyone checks in on the weekend) Sound like a plan?

Okay so back to THIS month…

If you completed the challenge here’s what you may receive:


Core & More Prize Pack

  • Primal Pit Paste 

I started using primal pit paste about 5 weeks ago when a client bragged about how great it was. I was very skeptical of it’s potency since I tend to be a heavy sweater, and “all natural” deodorants don’t have the best reputation.

The ingredients are very limited: shea butter, coconut oil, non-aluminum baking soda, beeswax, arrowroot powder, and lavender oil.

So far though, so good! I love the fresh lavender smell and I have yet to have any deodorant stains. I even used this before my trail race and walked away smelling fine!

  • Flap Jacked

I’ll be talking more about FlapJacked next week (Feb. is pancake month) but for now just know I LOVE these protein filled pancake mixes. The company was nice enough to send me 3 packages to try, but I am giving one of them away in the prize package!

One serving has 200 calories (or less), 15+ grams of protein, and the flavors are awesome.  I used the Buttermilk for an upcoming recipe (Lavender pancakes).

  • Sun Cups

Can I just say how tempting it was to safe these Sun Cups for myself? They are delicious! I was able to try a few of the other flavors and boy, was I floored. As a chocolate freak, I can’t deny a good chocolate, but I certainly can walk away from a crappy one. If I am going to go for a sweet, I want it to be good after all.

These did not disappoint.

Sun Cups are nut-free and gluten-free and all of the ingredients are organic.

I love what is written on the back of each package:

“Our cocoa comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, helping to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods for farmers and families in cacao-growing communities. Created and distributed by Seth Ellis, Chocolatier.”

These are just cups tossed together in a Nestle factory!

  • Fresh Twist Shoe Deodorizers

A weird prize? Not really, we all wear workout shoes, and let’s face it those things get sweaty.

In fact, I received a set of these as a Christmas present and thought how practical and perfect they were. Everyone needs a pair but it’s just not something we think about.

How To Register To Win?

If you COMPLETED the challenge simply let me know in the comments down below. On Monday, Feb 3rd I will announce the winner and email her personally.

If you did not complete the challenge, please do not say you did as that takes away the ability for someone who did it to win. Fair, right?

But don’t worry… next week starts a brand spanking new challenge! So make sure to register for it!

In Other News… 

I received my JawBone yesterday! I can’t wait to test it out and see where I fall in the movement chart. I am guessing it’s going to be low, since for my baseline I am going to treat it just like a normal day.

From there, I’ll work to push myself more and hit some goals! I’ll share my progress on Fridays with you guys!


Did you do the Core & More Challenge? 

Do you have a JawBone or FitBit?


  • Kim

    I completed the core challenge!! I was happy to be done with my last set of 50 push-ups this morning!!!
    I have a FitBit Force and I’m always amazed at how hard it is to get 10,000 steps!!!

  • Tracy

    I did it, I completed the challenge! I love the “and more”! I see some nice results in my delts and triceps.

    Looking forward to the February challenge.

  • Michele

    I did it! It was awesome to see how much easier the movements became as the month progressed.

  • Liis

    Push-ups were so hard, but I completed the challenge!

  • Brandy

    I completed the core challenge!! looking forward to our next challenge 🙂

  • Susan

    Yay, I did it! Core challenge excepted and completed! Looking forward to moving into the new challenge!

  • Marissa Gallego

    I did this challenge, thinking I couldn’t. But I did and was tough some days but I feel stronger now!!

  • Crystal

    Lordie this challenge kicked my butt… But i made it to the end

  • Sharon

    I completed the core challenge and I can actually do some “real” pushups now.

  • Tara

    Challenge complete! I can’t believe I was able to do the 45 second plank let alone the 90 second plank! Whoa! Don’t have either a Fit Bit or Jawbone, but I’ve heard food things about both-

  • Tara

    “Real” push-ups were really hard- my wrists and hands aren’t super string due to desk work, but plank push-ups sure worked!

  • Ohmigawd! I just did my final planks and pushups for the month. This is the first time that I have EVER stuck to a challenge like this. I am super proud of myself for sticking to this for 31 days-to completion…and getting the hubby involved! Thanks for the motivation!

  • Nicole Cravens

    Today I completed the CORE & MORE CHALLENGE! It was great & am glad I agreed to “challenge” myself for this! I am now that much stronger & even has some of my gym friends to jump in and plank & push-up with me today! They have thought i was CRAZY. but Now want to do it for a month! yay!!! Thank you for all the ideas! -Nicole
    Have a great weekend of friends, faith, & fitness!

  • Paige Callahan

    I completed the challenge! And I’ll continue to work on my core & more 🙂

  • Sherri Sweeney

    I completed the Core Challenge yesterday! It was a great motivator as I was on vacation the final week in January and kept me on track with scheduled workouts! Looking forward to the next one and incorporating this one into my daily routine!

  • I completed the challenge! I missed 1 or 2 days but I was sure to make up for them on other days. This was a great challenge and I loved adding to my workouts.. looking forward to the next challenge!

  • JulieW

    I did the challenge! I agree–I was starting to get weary of it by the last week and I was really looking forward to day 31, but it was affirming to see that I could do it! Thanks for the challenge.

  • valerie P

    My friend and I did this challenge together, and oh boy it did get hard. those 50 push ups were very difficult. We did and and it got easier to do them. I had a hard time at first doing pushups and improved big time! Thanks. Ccant wait to start this months challege

  • Laura

    I completed the challenge! The push-ups were so hard, but I managed to get through them and I improved! I’m looking forward to the next challenge!

  • Joann B

    I completed the challenge but full disclosure, I started after everyone else so I didn’t actually do the entire month

  • Stacey

    I completed the challenge! (although sometimes in pieces…50 push-ups in a row is HARD) Thanks for pushing us!

  • Done and done!!!! 🙂

  • I completed the challenge! 5o push ups was INSANE! But I got through them in one stint on the last day!!! WTG me!

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