beat blue monday. [clif bar giveaway!]

17 Jan

So one thing I don’t like about the holiday season is how every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to have some sort of cutesy, hashtag-friendly name. Think I’m wrong? This year I heard about the usual Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but also Small Business Saturday,  Giving Tuesday, and of course the once-in-a-lifetime “Thanksgivingukkah” and the please-never-use-again “Friendsgiving.”

But these terms have trickled into 2014…

Did you know that apparently “Blue Monday” is a thing?  Some people refer to the last Monday in January as “Blue Monday.”  It makes sense — the holidays are a distant memory,  some New Years resolutions have fallen by the wayside, and credit card statements from the holidays are popping up, so this can be a depressing time.

While the term itself might be a little bit annoying, I’m all about getting people outside and active, so I was so excited when one of my favorite fitness-friendly brands reached out with a giveaway to help combat Blue Monday.  Clif Bar is offering five That’s G readers a Clif Bar gift pack to fuel them to beat Blue Monday — or the winter blues in general — by getting outside and getting active.


I love Clif Bar — their products are really delicious and half a bar is one of my go-to pre-run snacks. (Peanut Toffee Buzz, please!)


So on January 20th, try to take your workout outdoors for a little new motivation. Studies show that stress relief is faster in natural environments than urban ones. Getting outdoors also helps concentration and productivity plus it releases endorphins to boost your mood. This isn’t so daunting for me in LA — where the high today is 85 degrees! But in the rest of the country, even indoor exercise will boost your mood and lift your spirits.

On Monday,  I’m substituting an early-am spin class so I’ll be inside (lame).  Some of my favorite outdoor activities are running (duh), hiking, stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP), and cycling.

collecting endorphins.

collecting endorphins.

teaching my roommate how to SUP.

teaching my roommate how to SUP.

christmas day bike ride with the fam in Oxnard. (aka a reminder I need to get a bike).

christmas day bike ride with the fam in Oxnard. (aka a reminder I need to get a bike).

To enter:  

Leave a comment below with your plan to beat the Winter Blues — running outside?  Yoga as often as possible? Let me know! 

Extra entries:

(1)  Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment here telling me you did!

(2) Like That’s G on Facebook and leave a comment saying that you did!

The contest will run until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, January 22nd and winners will be contacted via e-mail and announced here on Friday January 24th.  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  I am not being compensated for this giveaway (except in the form of a few Clif Bars).  Although Clif Bar reached out about running the giveaway,  all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

28 Responses to “beat blue monday. [clif bar giveaway!]”

  1. ashbroccoli January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    I plan to knock the winter blues with some hiking in malibu this weekend. Also by living in california where winter doesnt exist mwah ha ha

  2. Vincent Dattilo January 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Luckily you live in LA, so you don’t have to worry about the winter blues lol. DC isn’t as cold as Oho, but we have been hit with some cold days (google the polar vortex). Anyway, as an ex wrestler I hate working out in the cold. With that being said I make sure I get to the gym. I am running the rock and roll half in DC this march and I plan to beat my time from last march (1:32). So, the treadmill will be my beat friend these next two months. I actually plan to have a long run tomorrow (12 miles).

    Hope all is well.

  3. jenndubs January 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    I plan on beating the winter blues by watching you gun your workouts and groan about foam rolling after them.

    Or maybe just take a few extra coffee breaks during work so I can enjoy the sunshine… and freedom.

    • Angela January 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Hahahah….this cracked me up!

      I plan to beat the Winter Blues by running (to and then) at the beach!

  4. Aviva Lichtman January 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Lounging at Taylor’s beach house for sure.

  5. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet January 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Been sitting on the porch a lot – easy to do now in LA with the heat!

  6. Jhanelle January 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Where I am there’s no winter…but i’ll still be doing some yoga!

  7. Jhanelle January 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Oh..I liked you on FB!

  8. Coco January 20, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    I ran outside this morning. And I think ice skating later would be a great way to beat the blues! I’m discovering your blog from the SITS tribe. Look forward to following!

  9. Cody January 20, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    I love running at sunrise or sunset, it’s too beautiful to stay down about anything for long!

  10. Cody January 20, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Also, already like you on Facebook of course!

  11. Colleen January 20, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I went on an amazing hike in Malibu earlier this weekend, and am now gearing up to run 9 miles around the Silverlake Res… Give me my free cliff bars now 🙂

  12. Jeffrey January 20, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I just deal with the cold but its damn hard to stay motivated. My usually time to run is about 3 hours later now, its so tough to get out the door. Once I’m on the road I feel fine. We’ve had a pretty harsh winter so far here in Ohio and we have another batch this week!

    • FireRunner2379 January 20, 2014 at 9:28 am #

      FYI: I am also FireRunner2379, something glitched and it used two separate accounts for my comments!

  13. FireRunner2379 January 20, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I like your Facebook page.

  14. Sharon January 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    popping extra vitamin D pills! really helps

  15. Sharon January 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    tweeted! link is in the website section

  16. Janice January 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    biking! Nothing like the refreshing breeze and the nice sunshine on your back

  17. alw6ys January 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm #


    (first comment as Janice)

  18. LauraT January 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    I love scarves and putting on a crazy print or bright colored one makes me smile all day!

  19. LauraT January 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    I tweeted your super contest! Clif bars are my fave.

  20. Meredith January 21, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    Warm sweatpants is my #1 way to beat the winter blues!

  21. Leah January 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I beat the winter blues by running outside!

  22. Nicole January 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm #


  23. Nicole January 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Liked That’s G on facebook

  24. Anne Galyean January 22, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Beating the winter blues with lots of time in the gym and riding the rollers. Also, trying to enjoy the snow as much as possible: snowshoeing!

    Liked on FB!

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