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Balance Bar “Best You” in The New Year Giveaway #NewYearBalance

Balance Bar New Year Giveaway

Disclosure: Balance Bar provided products for this Review & Giveaway.   I was not financially compensated and all opinions are my own.

It’s time to bid 2013 a fond farewell and ring in 2014 with anticipation for a joyous year ahead!  I’d like to tell you that I kept all my New Year’s resolutions last year, except I didn’t make any.  I’m a firm believer in healthy living don’t get me wrong.  I’ve just never known a New Year’s Resolution to stick that was made during an evening of partying & revelry while chowing down on high calorie hors d’oeuvres, sipping slurping champagne cocktails and tooting noisemakers!

I was Blessed to receive a Balance Bar “Best You” in The New Year Gift Package for Review and I have another one to Giveaway

Instead of reaching for a sugary candy bar, I’ll be snacking on delicious Balance Bars!  Their balanced 40-30-30 nutrition provides long lasting energy so I never experience a sugar high followed by a slump.

Balance Bar Best You In The New Year Prize Package

Gift Package includes a variety of Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Peanut, Yogurt Honey Peanut & Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch), a Balance Bar® 2014 calendar which features monthly tips for loving life and living to the fullest and Yurbuds sports headphones which were designed specifically to fit smaller ears.  Yurbuds are extremely comfortable and durable.  Box includes 2 sizes Yurbuds.

Balance Bar Best You in The New Year Giveaway

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution why not take the New Year’s Balance Bar Pledge instead?

Skip the tradition of setting goals that are unattainable and instead make a pledge to make one small (and fun) step each month to becoming your best self!

Balance Bar has teamed up with lifestyle expert Laurel House, also known as The QuickieChick, to give us a full year of monthly tips that have a positive impact every day and for the longer term. You can find these helpful tips below along with videos on Facebook for making 2014 your best yet.

A Year Full of Tips for Loving Life and Living to the Fullest

Make an “intention” board to stay motivated.
“Intentions” (rather than “resolutions”) allow you a little leniency while still holding a basic structure that helps to keep you on track to achieve your goals. Create an intention board of images and words cut from magazines that illustrate the energy behind your goals/intentions/resolutions for the year. For the tech savvy out there, go ahead and make it on Pinterest!

Don’t let old habits derail you.
It’s time to start paying attention to your old habits and the little things that derail your progress on eating healthy in 2014. If you’re having a bad day and you usually turn to sweets to make yourself feel better, take a step back and realize how you’re handling the situation. Instead of doing something counter-productive to your goals like overeating, do something good for you like going on a brisk 20 minute walk or calling a friend to catch up.

Exercise to minimize your stress level.
When you exercise, your blood starts pumping faster through your veins, you take deeper, more cleansing and detoxifying breaths, and your brain releases endorphins- your body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Not only are you achieving a goal by exercising, but you’re also making yourself feel better!

Spring clean your life.
Take a look at your life and see what needs cleaning! In a bad relationship or friendship? Be honest to yourself and the other person, and end the relationship. Feeling tired and drained? Look at the activities in your days and revitalize them – drink more water, change up your breakfast commit to healthy afternoon snacks like a Balance Bar® and get outside a for a few minutes each day. Don’t just clean your house or office this spring, but clean up your life too.

Surround yourself with motivating people.
Nothing is more of a “downer” than wanting and trying to better yourself but seeking encouragement, motivation or advice from people who say “you can’t.” Find the “You CANs” and do what they do!

Better your life by making some changes.
Make a list of everything that makes you uncomfortable or annoyed like spending too much time on shopping, going out too much, not exercising, etc. Decide on a short, daily action that you can take that is exactly the opposite. You’ll make yourself feel better and make life less stressful.

Find your passion and start living it.
Ask anyone who seems to be happy at work and they will say “I LOVE what I do!”  They are passionate, enthusiastic and they have energy from living their dreams. Don’t wake up 10 years from now wondering what happened to your life … start living TODAY! Try a new hobby, sign up for a new class at the gym or take a cooking class.

Take care of your BODY.
It’s the only one you’ve got. Move your body in a way that helps it feel good. Anything you can do to get your heart rate up releases chemicals that just plain make you feel better. And don’t forget to feed your body the right fuel (like with a Balance Bar®!) Otherwise, no matter how much exercise you do, you will always feel drained.

Build your self-esteem every day.
Self-esteem is essential when it comes to your self-image, how you’re perceived and ultimately how you treat yourself. If you’re down in the dumps about yourself, do something to make you feel happy, healthy and beautiful! Identify one thing to do each day like exercise, volunteer, open the door for someone, donate money, etc. and you’ll feel much better.

MAKE time, don’t find time.
We all have busy schedules these days so it’s hard to find time to do what we want. Rather than wait for the perfect moment to exercise or for a relaxing quiet moment, make the moment! Wake up an hour early to hit the gym or go into the office early to get your work done so you can enjoy an extra 20 minutes outside at lunch.

Get a full 8 hours
As a culture, Americans shortchange ourselves on sleep. But not getting enough sleep doesn’t just leave you tired; it takes a toll on your skin, your stress levels and overall well-being. Shut the computer down and commit to getting at least 8 solid hours a night. Then start your day with a balanced meal like Balance Bar® and a cup of Greek yogurt with fruit.

Create a fitness bank.
Every time you don’t want to workout, but do anyway, give yourself $1. Once it adds up, treat yourself to something nice like a new coat or even a nice dinner out with friends. Your hard work and motivation will benefit you in the long run in more ways than one!

Make sure you check out The Balance Bar® Pledge to declare your intention to live your best 2014 and join the community of anti-resolutioners.  You’ll be entered for a chance to win a wellness vacation at New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont.  Five lucky fans will also win a Balance Bar® 2014 calendar which features each of Laurel’s monthly tips, a case of Balance Bar® bars and Yurbuds sports headphones.

Mark your calendar and join us for our #NewYearBalance Twitter Party on January 9th at 2:00 PM ET.

You’ve made a commitment to join the 2014 anti-resolution pledge!  Now share your ideas and have some fun!  @BalanceBar and @QuickieChick will be hosting a live one-hour Twitter party on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET.  Yurbuds as well as popular bloggers from Mommy’s Memorandum and yours truly will also join the discussion.

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The generous folks at Balance Bar are going to Bless ONE Reader with a Balance Bar “Best You” in The New Year Gift Package.

Includes: a variety of Balance Bars (Dark Chocolate Peanut, Yogurt Honey Peanut & Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch), Yurbuds headphones & Balance Bar 2014 calendar. {$60 Value}

Easy Peasy Right! Please read rules prior to entering.  Giveaway will end on Saturday 1/18 at Midnight.  Giveaway open to U.S. entries only.
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  1. 1

    I pledge to do a little yoga every day.

  2. 2

    I pledge to cook healthier meals more often!

  3. 3
    Laurie Nykaza says:

    I pledge to walk more and heat healthy food

  4. 4

    I am going to continue eating right and walking. Probably add more sorts of exercise too, yoga! That would be fantastic.

  5. 5
    Susan Denning says:

    Eat less junk and more real food

  6. 6
    christine says:

    eat less pasta and bread…

  7. 7
    Sacha Schroeder says:

    I plan to encourage my family to get healthy.

  8. 8

    Cut back on refined sugar and carbs

  9. 9
    sandra davis says:

    i plan to drink more water and less sodas

  10. 10

    Last year I quit smoking so this is the year I lose weight and get fit. I tried to do both last year but you can’t chase 2 rabbits ,as they say!! LOL

  11. 11

    I pledge to walk more and drink lots more water!

  12. 12
    eyshon salahuddin says:

    I pledge to eat less sugar

  13. 13
    Ashley Trail says:

    I have pledged to continue my journey in being smoke free , as well as eating healthier no fast food at all.

  14. 14

    I am pledging to reduce my sugar intake dramatically 😀

  15. 15
    Vicki andrew says:

    I plan to drink more water and to walk more

  16. 16
    maggie sanders says:

    I pledge to eat healthy foods.

  17. 17
    christina o says:

    I pledge to get more sleep.

  18. 18

    I pledge to work out daily and eliminate meat from my diet completely.

  19. 19
    Susan Chester says:

    I took the pledge. The change I plan on making is to use a pedometer and try to walk more.

  20. 20
    sarah oswald says:

    To lose the weight I gained when I quit smoking

  21. 21

    Small step: volunteer at the local animal shelter once a week. 🙂

  22. 22

    I vow to live every second to it’s fullest now that my body is actually it’s actual age again.
    New joints mean I can really be 40 and not 80! : )

  23. 23
    Kim Davis says:

    I will eat healthy!

  24. 24

    I pledge to take small steps to better myself and to exercise daily which I started on Jan 10, 2013

  25. 25
    Rebecca L says:

    I pledge to drink more water.

  26. 26

    I pledge to spend less time on the computer 🙂