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I’ve been maintaining my weight loss now for 5 years. My journey began, however, 7 years ago. These pictures, therefore, help remind me of how far I’ve come. Can you believe that sometimes I forget how big I once was? I was over 200 pounds, a junk food junkie, and my favorite phrase was, “This body doesn’t run.” Fast forward to today… I’ve maintained a 60 pound weight loss, I’m a vegetarian, and in 12 days I’m running my 12th full marathon. All by His strength!
If you’re someone who is just starting out on this journey, do not be discouraged. Start small. Be consistent. If you want lasting results, then it must be a lifestyle change and it can not happen overnight. I am not a nutritionist, trainer, nor physician. I’m just someone who’s been there. Have a question or need someone to cheer you on? Please feel free to message me.
Our health is a journey. Take it slow. Enjoy each step. Celebrate each milestone!
The Inaugural Bakersfield Marathon was on Sunday, November 13, 2016. This was my 11th full marathon and my 3rd full marathon to pace. I’d love to say that the race was wonderful and I came in right on time, but sadly, that is not the case. Was it the delayed start? The weather? My fuel / hydration intake? Or did I simply not train enough? Continue reading
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Here are five things that make me feel aware and empowered…
Tunes that inspire!
If you’re anything like me, then sometimes you just need to blare the upbeat music to help get you through a tough and/or long workout. One of my go-to albums are the “Top Hits Workout Mixes“. Perhaps this is lame, but I love them because they are remixed to have a constant, up-beat pace.
A song that meant a lot to me when I first began running was Coldplay’s Fix You. This song meant a lot to me because it was the background music to Ben Davis’s 120 pound journey motivational YouTube video. This video has nearly 2 million views! It truly is so motivational and played a big role in my 60 pound weightloss and journey to a marathoner. Want to know something super cool?… Coldplay’s Fix You randomly played at the start of my very first marathon! Yes, tears of joy, disbelief, and exhilaration were shed!
Lastly, some of my favorite podcasts to listen to while running include the Team Shenanigans podcast, the Marathon Training Academy podcast, and the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast. All of the above music and podcasts sound best, of course, with my Aftershokz new PINK headphones. To read about why I love these amazing headphones, click HERE.
As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month also known as BCA month. I’m doing my part by participating in “If Girls Ran the World“. This IGRTW event is about thousands of women joining together in a one of a kind adventure to collectively and virtually run around the world to benefit charities that empower girls globally. The charity that I chose to raise funds for is Girl’s Inc.Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.This is exactly what I want to teacher both my 14 year old daughter and my 5th grade students… to be strong, smart, and bold! I’d love for you to join me in my fundraising endeavors by visiting my IGRTW page.
Be a self care advocate
So often we put everyone else above ourselves. Our health, however, is important. I advocate for self care by taking the time to exercise 5 – 6 days a week. If this sounds like too much for you, realize that exercise could mean going for a 20 minute walk or going to an hour long Zumba class at your local gym. Most important part of exercise is moving! I use to not have this mindset. You can read more about my journey to health HERE.
I have several staples in running attire. Some of my favorites include: my Nike Dri Fit shorts, my pro compression socks, my Asics running shoes, my Garmin forerunner, and my SpiBelt. What are your favorite products/apparel that empower YOU to get sweaty + strong? This fall, the Sweat Pink community and myself are especially enjoying all of the new #prAnaFallStyle threads (get 15% off with pranafallstyle16 at checkout), the new Sweat Pink tanks (ahem) and everything PINK that is helping spread awareness for #bca #wearpinkwednesday #AwareWithPink!
Friends who inspire!
My final Friday Five, but certainly not the least, is all about friends who inspire. Although I have many people who empower and inspire me, here are a few that come to mind…
Thank you friends for reading through my Friday Five post!
Now go out there and change the world!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AfterShokz in an effort to spread awareness about their new Pink Trekz headphones, in partnership with Bright Pink to support and spread awareness around breast cancer awareness. All opinions and words are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.
Stop and picture for a moment someone who has inspired or motivated you to do better, be better, and move better. Now, picture someone who you’d like to motivate. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to find something small to give to someone to help encourage them?
Great news! Such a thing exists! Continue reading
This weekend I’ll be completing my 10th marathon! No, I can barely believe it! Nearly 5 years ago I chose to go meatless as I was on my journey towards health. There have been times I’ve considered going back to eating lean meats, but for now I choose to remain meatless. Yes, my weight has fluctuated a little bit since the initial 60 pound weight loss, but nothing compared to how my weight use to yo-yo when I was desperately seeking quick fixes to my unhealthy eating and unhealthy lifestyle.
Anything worth having is worth working towards. I remind myself this when I want to “veg out”, sleep in, and forget about my goal of health. I am far from perfect and fall off of the bandwagon from time to time. I know, however, that I never want to go back to feeling unhealthy and unhappy. So, I will continue to set my alarm for 4:30am, run, and prepare my breakfast smoothie.
You, like me, probably can’t imagine a workout without music. Whether on the treadmill, at the gym, or outside, music is what keeps us going. Has there ever been a time, however, that you’ve been put in a dangerous situation because you had headphones in and couldn’t hear what was going on around you? Yes, this has happened to me too, on numerous occasions. But wait, there’s good news! Let me tell you about it…
This, my friends, is why I choose to keep on running. The woman on the left said, “This body doesn’t run.” The woman on the right said, “You’re worth it. Now get out there and run!” It was slow going at first, but in less than a year I went from couch potato to marathoner. To date, I have run a total of 9 marathons! By the end of 2016, I’ll have run a total of 12 marathons! 🏃🏻… Look how much bigger my smile is now compared to when I weighed 60+ pounds more! The smile on the right says, “I love my body. I am not perfect, but that’s ok. I’m going to continue on this journey of health because it feels good!”