Product Review & Giveaway: Salomon X-Scream

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So many shoes, so little time!
It has been so much fun working with Salomon as an Insider.  The brand holds free runs in local parks every few months where you can try out one of their new styles on the trails before buying.  I think this is a great idea as buying running shoes is big investment, especially if you choose the wrong pair.  One rainy mroning, I ventured down to Fulham Park and ran with the Salomon team on various terrain to try the womens' X-Scream in flouro-pink.

Here is what Salomon has to say about the X-Scream: 
“The X-Scream running shoe is a perfect CityTrail™ shoe, at home on any surface, with the cushioning and ride that runners need on pavement, but also the protection and grip needed for rougher trails or looser surfaces The ride feels like a road shoe, with Salomon’s LT Muscle midsole and OS Tendon for energy return. And Salomon’s reknown Contagrip® outsole ensures grip on every type of surface. The X-Scream adapts to any foot, thanks to Sensiflex™, a stretch panel on the metatarsal heads that allows the foot to spread during long runs, without discomfort. And Sensifit™ with Quicklace® provides a precise, snug fit, adjustable on the go.”

Where to tuck your laces
With a 4mm drop (according to Salomon athlete MG), this shoe is slated for city trail running, rather than rugged mountain sides.  The style look makes an easy choice to include in your suitcase when traveling as you can wear as an accent piece, as well as during your morning run.  The quicklaces make it easy to take the shoes on and off (and after 4 years of wearing Salomons, I know now where to stash the laces thanks to my husband).  The shoes fit my narrow foot perfectly due to the Sensifit technology.  The mesh top is very breathable and the soles gave me good traction on various terrains (except wet slate/marble).
Me & fellow American MG with her delicious
homemade cookies

I have taken them out a few times since and really like how light the shoes are compared to my normal running shoes.  I probably won't run farther than a 5K in them (as I have tendinitis and plantar fasciitis so need more support) but many other runners would find them a perfect match.

#Competition Time
Salomon has graciously given me a pair of X-Scream to give away.  All you need to do is follow @PTMollie and @SalomonSports on Twitter (or leave a comment below if you are not on Twitter).  Extra entry available by 'liking' my Facebook page.  Please note these shoes are womens UK Size 8.5/ Euro 42 2/3/US size 10 and WE CANNOT CHANGE THE SIZE OR COLOR.  Sorry about that. Open to people all over the world (feel the love!). Contest ends Thursday 7th August at 10pm London time with winner announced on my here on blog on Friday 8th August at 9am.  Best of luck!

Win me!

Salomon did not pay me for this review. They graciously sent me this product and all opinions are honest and my own. If you have a product you would like me to review, please contact me:

Quickie Workout #102

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me.  Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.

Don't forget to breathe! Please email me if you want tips on how to make the quickies easier or more challenging (

Warm  up- 1 min of shuttle runs 20m apart. Start slow and gradually get faster.  1 min of squats then jump up and turn 180 degrees (to face the other direction).
1 min- Push/Press ups with touching 1 shoulder in between reps.
1 min- Plyometric (jumping lunges).  Jump as high as you can!
1 min- Hammer curl
1 min- Upright row
1 min- Burpeees
1 min- Run in place with high knees
1 min- Star jumps/Jumping jacks
1 min- Stay in a low squat and punch forward alternating left and right
1 min- Crunches
1 min- Plank
30 sec each direction-  Small arm circles.  Hold a light weight or bottle of water if it is too easy.
1 min- Inchworm
1 min- Supermans

Weekend Challenge

Friday, July 18, 2014

This weekend I challenge you to spend 1 hour before bed unplugged.  The light from your TV, iPad, and cell phone all trigger your brain to stay awake. By unplugging (simply by preparing lunch, reading a book, talking to your family, or meditating) will help your body prepare for a good night's sleep.

Sweet dreams......

And the winner is....

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thanks to everyone who took part in the #100WO giveaway.  It was fantastic to see folks being active.

The winner of the grand prize (as selected by is @Lisaboo74.  The runner up is @LookOutLucy.  Please email me your address (mollie at ptmollie dot com) so we can send the goodies your way.

Happy Monday!

Quickie Workout #101

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today is the last day to enter my Mega Giveaway. Tweet your post-workout selfie as your entry.

Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me.  Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.

Don't forget to breathe! Please email me if you want tips on how to make the quickies easier or more challenging (

Warm  up- Inchworm to push/press up position and hold for 10 seconds. Inchworm back to standing. Repeat 5x.  1 min Mountain climbers
1 min- Hammer curls holding water bottle or light weights
1 min- Tricep kickbacks- kick back, hold for 2, then come down
1 min- Low squat with a pulse
1 min- Downward dog into a push/press up. Repeat.
1 min- Hop-hop with feet together then a deep squat
1 min each leg- Arabesques
1 min- Lateral raise
1 min- Star jumps
1 min- Around the world lunges
30 sec- Running in place with high knees
1 min- Frontal raise

Weekend Challenge: Eat Well

Friday, July 11, 2014

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I just finished reading It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.  It was eye-opening as to how much crap is put into processed food (any food that comes in a package).  Just look at the list of ingredients next time you pull something from the pantry or refrigerator and you can see for yourself.

This weekend I challenge you to make a meal from scratch.  Make it a fun game as your family chooses a recipe together, heads to the store to select what you need, and then everyone chips in with the preparation.  If you send me a photo of your creation, I will add it to this post.

If you need ideas, what not try vegetarian chili, veggie lasagna, or oven-roasted roots frittata.  Veggies ho!

Jumping on the #Whole30 bandwagon

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UPDATE: Whole30 folk contacted me and I cannot charge for anything Whole30-related. Which means this VTG is FREE.

A few of my friends (Naturally, Leah and Keep It SimpElle) have been trying out the Whole 30 meal plan.  Leah has done it four times now and Elle is on her first round.  I became intrigued and read It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.  As a biology nerd, I really enjoyed the science that the authors presented supporting their findings, as well as the testimonials.

As an Institute for Integrative Nutrition graduate, I know that no one 'diet' will work for everyone.  I also know that lately I have been having 2 fizzy drinks each day to power through my day (unfortunately I don't like bitter things, such as coffee, tea or beer).  And I want to stop.  Really I do.  But I never seem able to find enough time in the day to get everything done and sleep 9 hours.  So I figure if I stand on my soap box,, and announce to the world I am going to do this, I will.

The rules are quite simple: eat meat, fruit, veg.
No: grains, processed foods, dairy, alcohol.

I am not crazy.  Read on!

The benefits of the Whole30, based on what I have read, include:

  • clearing your system of processed foods
  • allowing body to work out energy cycle without introduced sugars from crap 
  • reducing the foods that can cause inflammation (bye bye Achilles tendinitis?)
  • increased energy
  • improved
  • better sleep
Of course I am petrified.  After downloading the shopping list, I see I have a long way to go.  The biggest challenge will be completing the Whole30 (or 40 or 50 if my body still doesn't feel right) is not eating meat.  I started as a vegetarian in middle school because I was a picky eater and it has stuck.  Now I find the texture of meat strange and I gross myself out thinking of it as muscle (I am such a nerd!).  But I think to make the most of this change, I will need to incorporate some (organic, nicely raised) meat into mix. (Sorry, I can't eat fish because I work with them.  Again me = nerd)

There is safety in numbers, so the next Virtual Training Group (VTG) will launch 11 August.  I will be starting the Whole30 and would love to have people up for the challenge to join me.  The VTG is an 8 week program (plus an intro week) conducted over email.  We offer accountability to new friends all over the world as they set out to achieve 3 SMART goals a week.  The group will be limited to 12 people and only costs £10 ($15) is FREE due to Whole30 copyrights.  Register today and start researching the Whole30 to see if it would be a good match for you.  You need to commit for the 30 days and not have any slip ups. One cheat could put off the body reset and prolong your 30 days.  And it only is 30 days.  You can do this.  And I will have your back.  

I can't guarantee you will see and feel instant results, but if anything you will be strengthening your discipline and mental training.  Those are important things too in life, not just what size you wear.

Let's slay the sugar dragon together in August.

Quickie Workout #100 & Mega-Giveway

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thank you for having a look at my 100th quickie workout.   I am very excited to have so many accessible (and free) routines that you can do just about anywhere with minimal equipment.  No more excuses for not squeezing in a workout!  If you have more than 15 minutes for exercising, you can repeat one quickie or mix and match.

To celebrate quickie workout #100, I have teamed up with some amazing companies for a huge giveaway.

The grand prize includes:

Because of the generosity of my sponsors, there is also a runner up prize:
  • Nuun variety pack (4 tubes) and water bottle
  • Brodie Skin Care Recovery Phase Swim Rehydration Cream
To enter, all you need to do is Tweet (or post on my Facebook page) 'I just entered 's  giveaway w/    . Here is my post WO selfie' and attach a photo.  You also need to like my Facebook page please.  

These two steps need to happen by Sunday 13 July, 5pm GMT.  One entry per new post-WO selfie.  Winner will be chosen by and announced on my blog on Monday 14 July at 9am GMT.  Huge thanks to all the companies listed for donating the prizes! Please check out their websites.

And now for today's quickie.......

Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me.  Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.

Don't forget to breathe! Please email me if you want tips on how to make the quickies easier or more challenging (

Warm  up- 10 jumping jacks/star jumps, 10 squats, 10 steam engines (fingertips on forehead, bring opposite elbow to opposite raised knee).  Repeat 5 times through.
1 min- Tricep dips on study chair or step
1 min- Hip raises
1 min- Push/Press ups
1 min- Walking lunges
1 min- Plank with feet stepping out then in
1 min each leg- 1-legged squats
1 min- Burpees
1 min- Overhead press with cans of soup or bottles of water or light weights
1 min- Wall sit
1 min- Mountain climbers
1 min each direction- Crab walk- keep a low squat and bring left foot to the right to shuffle along. Don't release until the minute is up.

Check out my interview with the Bate Brothers

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I was very fortunate to be approached by Adam and Devon Bate.  These gentlemen are helping others find lifestyle accountability by interviewing fitness enthusiasts from around the world.

Have a listen to my interview which was featured on 4th of July.

Weekend Challenge- Show me what you've got!

Friday, July 4, 2014

This weekend's challenge is simple. Set a timer for 1 minute and see how many push/press ups you can do.  They are be (from easiest to hardest) standing with your hands against the wall, on your knees, on your toes, with your feet on a step to make it a decline angle, or with a clap in between each one (just be careful you don't crash on the ground).

Leave a comment below with how many you can do.

Don't forget to check out y 100th quickie workout on Sunday for a big giveaway!

5 apps to boost your health & fitness

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Everywhere people go these days, they tend to bring their phone.  Smart phones give us the opportunity to keep track of how fast we go and what we eat.  Why not take advantage of this opportunity to monitor your journey towards good health?

Strava display on your phone
Strava uses GPS to track where you go and at what pace.  If you have your earbuds in, it will tell you your splits too.  You can upload data from many GPS brands (Garmin, TomTom, Suunto, Timex, Soleus) if you prefer to use a watch or other devise.  The best thing about Strava is the community.  You can see what other people in your area are doing on the same routes and cheer on your friends from around the world too.  If you go out with someone on the same route, Strava can recreate your route with each person having an icon.  The icons then move based on the pace recorded.  Activities to choose from include running, cycling, hiking, skiing, wakeboarding, and canoeing.  Every workout it logged on a calendar making it easy to see what you have done I the past. Basic Strava is free, but if you subscribe you can have access to other areas on the sight that will look at how your power and strength increase over time.  Activities to choose from include running, cycling, hiking, skiing, wakeboarding, and canoeing.  Every workout it logged on a calendar. (Follow me on Strava!)

Zombies, Run! is an interval running app for those who need something beyond running to occupy their mind while working out.  Rather than wondering ‘how much farther?’ the app distracts you by providing a storyline of a zombie attack.  The free version provides 40 different scenarios to avoid boredom during training, as well as plateauing.   For a season pass, you can access 120 more.  Create a playlist from your personal music library to serve as your soundtrack as you avoid the zombie horde, find supplies, and save the world one run at a time.

Handy little counter to keep you on track
My Fitness Pal focuses on monitoring calorie intake.  You can also log workouts which is used to advise you on overall calories burned and consumed.  Once you start entering everything you eat or drink, as well as seeing the calories of each item, you will soon learn to manage portion sizes and make healthier choices.  The unique feature of My Fitness Pal is that it remembers what you tend to eat.  It saves you time from having to re-enter the same breakfast over and over again.  You can also add recipes and join in chats in the discussion forums.   The app supports multiple diet trends so no matter that you can or cannot eat, you have options to work with.

Get a plan and stick to it!
GAIN Fitness is free but offers a subscription service for exercises to target a specific area of your body or specific disciplines (such as yoga, kettle bells, pain relief, and basketball).  You simply tell the app where you are (home, work, gym), how much time you have, what your fitness goals are and the app creates a workout for you. You can decide if you want music to motivate you or not as you complete the custom workout.  The narration gives you clear description of the exercise while other audio cues (rep counting and encouragement) are provided too.

Jamo on your iPhone
Jamo lets your iPhone act just like a Wii controller as you dance along with the program.  The phone monitors your movements and gives you a score based how well you follow along.  Appletv, Chromecast and ever your browser will project the game on the big screen for you to follow along with.  The best feature of this app is that your can channel your inner choreographer and create your own workouts.  Fitness instructors and dance teachers can even monetize their routines via the app (all you need is a video camera).  Or you can be nice and simply share with friends using the community links.

Most of fitness apps offer a free level of service. Why not download a few today and see if they are a good match for you and your goals?  Or leave a comment below and let us know which apps you love that we have missed.