Purifying Skin Solution for Run, Yoga and Workout +Giveaway #DermaeDetox16

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Fitfluential on behalf of derma e, however all opinions and enthusiasm are my own!  

Greasy, sweaty and covered in city grime. Eek, that sure sounds yucky as I type it out, but that’s pretty much describes the condition of my skin on a daily basis. Well, that is, until I started using the Purify line from derma e.  One of my favorites is the 2-in-Charcoal Mask – more on that below!

jennifer face mask

I knew I had to do something to freshen up my skin and stat. Many days (okay, most days), I live in my fitness clothes from dawn until dusk — sometimes it’s because I’m knocking out two-a-day workouts, and sometimes it’s just because I don’t know exactly when I’m running or hitting the gym — and I want to be dressed ready! Anyhow, I was getting breakouts from not being able to jump in the shower right after exercise.  Plus, my skin just looked dull and sallow from lack of attention, (ahem) middle age, pollution, and who knows what else. Obviously, had made a priority out of taking care of my body, but not so much my skin!

I couldn’t have discovered the products from derma e at a better time. I had booked for some fun jobs booked where I would be in the public eye in January and I hoped to put my best foot (and face) forward! The perfect time for a derma e New Year’s Detox!

dermae skincare

There are so many fabulous products in the Purify line – Gel Cleanser, Daily Detox Scrub, Toner Mist, Oil-Free Moisturizer, Youth Serum and 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.  All are designed specifically for oily and active skin types and work to draw out toxins, replenish vital nutrients and help skin resist oxidative stress. Two thumbs up to the “Green Chemistry” what combines the best of modern science with eco-friendly, sustainable and plant-focused ingredients to create natural, planet-friendly products that really work! And, of course, the company is cruelty-free when it comes to testing their products.

dermae skin care purifying mask

One of my favorite products is the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask – it makes me feel like I’m getting a special spa treatment! The dual-action formula purges pores of deeply rooted toxins and yucky stuff and exfoliates everything away until I’m glowing! Look for new derma e Purifying products at your local health food store as well as Whole Foods Markets (on sale at Whole Foods through end of January).

Don’t just take my word for it! Enter for a chance to win a derma e New Year’s Detox Kit! The lucky winner will win the entire @derma-e Purifying line (including the amazing 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask pictured above). It’s a $150+ value!

Follow these steps to enter:

 One winner will be chosen on Jan. 31, 2015.  Contest is open to USA and must be 18 years or older to enter. Enter as many times as you like but spam and giveaway accounts will be disqualified. Thank you to @derma_e for sponsoring this great giveaway — I have personally been delighted with the detox!

How I’ve Kept Running Strong (and Pain Free) for 25 Years

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by the maker of Advil® PM and I received financial compensation and a free sample of Advil® PM caplets. All opinions expressed are my own.

How I've Stayed Running Strong for 25 Years - thefitfork.com

I’ve been running fairly seriously for about 25 years, that’s hard to believe as I type out the words. In my mid to late twenties, I could zip through a marathon like nobody’s business – my marathon PR was just seconds away from qualifying for the Olympic Trails. Let me assure you, it was soul-crushing to see the clock ticking away as I approached the finish line – I had trained to perform better, yet was feeling quite “off.”   I returned by to my hometown and just couldn’t shake the funky feeling, still days afterward. Well, it turns out I was pregnant and that was the beginning of my journey into motherhood (I now have three teenage boys) and I wouldn’t change a thing!

In those early baby days, I took it pretty easy. I jogged with the stroller around the block and would occasionally enter a 5k or 10k fun run. In hindsight, I feel like this stepped-down time kept me from burning out and also preserved my body parts from wear and tear and being in a state of constant recovery. Family and friends were pushing me to return to racing, but I kept putting them off, “saying, not now but maybe when I turn 40.”  Well, that day happened and so I kept my word. Despite the fact that I had done very little training (just the “entry-level fitness maintenance,” as I like to call it) and hadn’t run a marathon in 12 years, I hauled my butt down to the Las Vegas Marathon and did pretty well, all things considered. I was happy and hooked again, but good gosh, was I sore — SO SORE! It was more my mental fitness that got me to the finish line than my physical fitness.

Jennifer Fisher - Running Then and Now

Grandma’s Marathon 1995 . . . San Antonio Marathon 2013! Not my first marathon, nor my last!

Thank goodness my husband is the best travel packer ever. Where I just bring a toothbrush and mascara, he brings a collection of toiletries, vitamins and small pharmacy of over-the-counter meds. That night, he dotingly delivered some Advil® PM to my bedside. Being a bit of a self-righteous purist at the time, I was reluctant to take the medicine initially — but thankfully I gave in! Not only did the Advil® PM deliver relief to my trashed quads, aching feet and sore elbows (really!), the “PM” part helped me drift off to sleep.

To this day, almost eight years later, I’ve been using Advil® PM regularly as part of my nighttime routine after a race or tough workout. It’s not uncommon (and actually expected) that recovery from intense physical exercise takes longer as you get older. As much as I don’t want to admit that, there’s some truth to that. Thankfully, Advil® PM provides me relief from these minor aches, pains and inflammation – plus, I get the benefit of a non-habit forming sleep aid as well!  For me, a pain relief product that also addresses sleeplessness a great thing — it’s hard to turn off my mind after both good and bad days of racing.

Jennifer Fisher Spartan Obstacle Race

Advil® PM helped me bounce back from obstacle aches and pains!

So, today I am still racing ALL the distances, from 1 mile to marathon – I’ve even run a 50 mile ultramarathon for FUN! It was at this 50-miler I learned that a race doesn’t have to be a “race,” it can just be done for fun. That being said, it’s hard to keep my competitive side on the down low for too long. So, to keep myself the best shape I can be while getting older, I’ve starting mixing up my fitness to become stronger and more adaptable.

This has included about five years of CrossFit, Yoga, strength-training, obstacle course races and more. Of course, all of these activities also have their own recovery demands!  Off to Costco now to buy the big bottle of Advil® PM!

Yoga Revolved Side Pose


Of course, before taking Advil® PM, you’ll want to consult with your physician to make sure this product is right for you. You can visit for more information and a coupon!

Are you new to running or been at it a long time like me?  What do you do for your aches and pains? Please share in the comments below! xoxo Jennifer

The Run, Jump, CrossFit, Trampoline Secret I Just Can’t Hold In!

No worries thanks to #AlwaysDiscreetatTarget

No worries thanks to #AlwaysDiscreetatTarget

Okay, this post is just more proof that I cannot be easily embarrassed, much to my three teenagers’ mortification.  That’s one of the better things about advancing in age (and, no, I’m not talking about having older kids who prefer to hang out in the video games department while on shopping trips to Target), but rather the fact that there’s not too much that can make me blush. I mean, geeze, when you are a blogger your life is pretty much on full display – have you SEEN my Instagram account?!

An ALWAYS DISCREET #selfie at Target!

An ALWAYS DISCREET #selfie at Target!

I’ll ask complete strangers what they think of so-and-so, I’ll pose for selfies in the store aisles, and I’ve done handstands and cheerleader jumps in public. I don’t have a problem complaining if I’m getting bad service or a product doesn’t meet my expectations, I hate flying under the radar and blending into the crowd and “YES,”  my dear children, I AM wearing this outfit to your football game and/or band concert.

So, do you really think I mind walking into Target to stock up on P&G Always Discreet products?  No, in fact, I wanted to load up my cart with tampons, granny underwear, lice shampoo, athlete’s foot spray and other unmentionables that might make my boys (and the cashier dude) really squirm! But, I behaved myself!

Loading up my cart -- hey, where did the kids go?!

Loading up my cart — hey, where did the kids go?!

So, if you’ve had three kids like me – three really large babies with really big heads, you may have had some issues with bladder leakage.  This is really all THEIR fault! For years, I would show up at my races wearing shorts that I knew would camouflage the problem and bring along a spare pair to change into right after crossing the finish line. This still didn’t prevent the stress of worrying just how bad “the situation” would be. I’d heard that doing kegels religiously could help, but amazingly it was CrossFit that help tighten up my innards and pulled everything mostly back into place. Sometimes there can still be a little “oops” and an almost unnoticeable liner from Always Discreet keeps me confident to run, trampoline, and jump rope without worry of a puddle.

always discreet linerIf you shop at Target (and who doesn’t?) text DISCREET to TARGET (827438) for instant coupons on Always Discreet – they also make pads and disposable underwear in addition the little liners. BTW, coupons expire 12/31/14. Also, now through October 25, when you buy $20 of Always Discreet products, you get a FREE carrying case ($6 value). Look for the Always Discreet display at your local Target!  Target has online savings going on, too – enter promo code DISCREET at checkout for a $1 savings. You can also use Target’s “Subscribe and Save” service and have Discreet delivered straight to your door. You’ll get 5% off your order; free shipping and even an additional 5% off if you use your red card. Find out how to get a free sample and more details here.

Care to share on this one? Pees do . .. uh, I mean PLEASE do!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.