The comment I get a lot from my fabulous blog readers is that they appreciate my openness and honesty. This comment happens to be my favorite out of them all. I take a lot of pride in being myself and not holding anything back. That’s not always an easy thing to do, especially when there are people out in the world you would rather have think of you as dead, LOL. But, I have nothing to hide! I am proud of who I am and I am proud of what I have accomplished in my life…every part of it.
2011 has brought me many, *many* blessing’s in the area of being “spotlighted”. In February I went to NYC to do a photo shoot for Weight Watchers (sorry folks, still no updated word on that…it takes some time we were told). Then as most of you all know now, I was picked to be part of the 100 guests who lost over 100 pounds on The Oprah Winfrey Show for her last weight loss show ever. And soon will be featured in our local newspaper, The Post Standard…..
It all seems surreal and never in a million years did I think that any of this would be happening to me. Not a single thought about any of this “attention” crossed my mind when I first decided to start losing weight and get healthy. Never EVER! Even back then when I would see people in magazines or on TV talking about their weight loss, I figured they were paid for it or part of the company…..
Well let me just say, I’m not paid for ANY of this! (Though I would totally be lying if I said that I didn’t wish I was) Anything I’ve been asked to do or appear on has been because A.) I was lucky enough to be asked and B.) Because I accepted to promote such a great company/event/idea. That’s it. Nothing less. Nothing more.
So I’m proud to announce my recent blessing and that is my sponsorship with an amazing company called Generation UCAN, aka @GenUCAN….
Many of you are familiar with them already via Twitter and such, since they are spectacular with their Social Media skills. I became familiar with the company early in 2010. Some samples of their products were sent my way to try and I did. But certainly not before learning more about their company and what exactly their product is.
Now, I’m no scientist nor some sports nutritionist. So here is my answer as to what it is in my own dumb-terms…it’s a powdered mix you make that contains a totally unique and cool ingredient called SuperStarch. It helps you with energy, recovery and weight stability.
Here are the benefits I have found from it over the past year:
· Energy! I don’t get too hyped up like I do with some energy gels and such.
· Sustainability…my runs that happen when I’ve pre-fueled with a GenUCAN shake last must longer than when I have not. My body does not tire out as quickly.
· Recovery with out a doubt! If I drink a packet of the Vanilla or the Chocolate after a run (or any hard workout for that matter) I am not nearly as sore or sluggish after the endorphins wear off.
· Weight management…this is no lie! Now, I’m not going to sit here and say this product will make you lose weight, but it has been known to help me when I’ve over indulged. When I’m looking to “reboot” and “clean” my body again, I start my morning off with a shake and I really find it helps to make me feel like I’ve given my body the thing I’ve been neglecting to supply it with (um…nutrients and all that healthy stuff) and the scale gets a little happier again :) It also taps into my body's fat stores during exercise to provide me with extra fuel while giving me the lean body I've worked so hard to maintain. Props for that! Right?
So what does my sponsorship mean?? Will you guys have to hear about GenUCAN every time I post something?? Have I sold my soul to the devil and am now going to pressure all of you into buying some product??
My being sponsored with them means that I have an *amazing* team behind me and my goals for running and continuing to live a healthy lifestyle. With their help and support, they will be with me while I train to run my first ever FULL marathon!! I will be using their product on a continued basis during my training, as well as getting advice and support from their whole team. How freaking lucky am I?!?!
I can’t begin to express enough how honored I am to have such an amazing product, amazing company, amazing people, willing to support me. And knowing in my heart that I support them just as much in return really makes this the one of the best decisions I could make for myself.
So what part do I play in this?? Well I show my support and love for a company that I *truly want* to support and *truly do* love!! I will wear their t-shirts to help spread the word about their amazing product and I will be sure to let the world know how my marathon training is going and how their product is helping me along the way. I’m not paid to do any of this, and I get nothing special for it…I’m doing it simply because I truly believe in this product.
And that folks, is why when I was sent samples over a year ago, I didn’t do a blog review or giveaway. Because something like this takes research and experimentation. Yes, I could have written up real quickly about how I noticed results fast, but that’s not me. I don’t look for super quick fixes in anything, because as many of us know, they never last. So I tried the products on and off for about a year and I noticed a big enough difference and found a strong desire to make GenUCAN a part of my daily routine. And in doing in that, I feel like it is appropriate for me to now share this with you, all my fabulous blog readers!
So I asked the kind people over at GenUCAN what I could do for YOU, my blog readers…something that wasn’t just a “review and giveaway”. I wanted to be able to showcase the product well, but be able to showcase my blog readers even better!!
Here are the details people:
We (myself and GenUCAN) want to hear YOUR 'UCAN' moment…Your moment of accomplishment….your moment of fear and breaking free from it….your moment of struggle and pushing past it! Your moment of listening to your gut when it says 'I can finish this and I will finish this!' We want to hear it!
All you have to do is send me your story…It doesn’t have to be crazy long (please no 10 page novels, LOL)…it could be something as simple as a single sentence, just tell me *your* UCAN moment….please email them to: SuziStorm@gmail.com. You have until midnight of May 17th to submit your stories.
Myself, along with GenUCAN, will pick the top 5 stories that we find best embody the UCAN spirit. Then we will let you, my readers, decide on the final 3 winners. A gold medal prize, a silver medal prize and a bronze medal prize will be awarded to the top 3. (lots of great UCAN goodies and more, details coming soon)
And because I have asked you to send me your story, I find it only fair to start my Generation UCAN new journey with my 'UCAN' moment….
I am Suzi Storm and I am Generation UCAN!!