Friday Five – Pink Edition

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.

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Give Back!

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.

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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.

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Inspiring threads!

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!

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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…

It’s because of Marissa and Carissa that I first began running marathons.  Before them, I had no clue that I was even capable of running 1 mile, much less than 26.2 miles!

I have run several races with these two ladies (Biz and Heather), but my favorite has been the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in 2013.  It was their first marathon!  (I’m still hoping they’ll do more.) 

My 14 year old daughter inspires me with her joy, enthusiasm, and kindness. 

My mom.  I am who I am because of her.

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.

Share the Spark with Momentum

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?

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Transformation Tuesday #19


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. 

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Pink Review

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…

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Transformation Tuesday #18

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!” 

Marathon #9

Marathon #9… Can you believe it?!  I’m almost to the double digits!  This marathon was a little different because it was my first marathon that I paced.  “Pacing… what’s that?” you might be thinking.  Let me tell you, if you love running and love encouraging others, then pacing would be a perfect fit for you!  Check out the group that I pace for by going to  This race was also unique because I posted all about my race weekend on a takeover for Inspiring Women Runner’s Instagram page.  Here’s what I wrote during my takeover…


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1,000 Miles Year to Date

Yes, that’s right! On August 7th I hit that magical mark… 1,000 miles year to date! 

My morning’s run of 6.45 miles brought my year to date total to 1,000 miles! I’m pretty sure this is the MOST I have EVER run EVER! All intentional running mileage… I didn’t even count the day before’s Color Run since it was mostly a walk. 

Next weekend is marathon number 9! I’m pacing it as a pacer with Beast Pacing. I can not think of a better way to celebrate 1,000 miles than with a marathon! Five years ago I could barely run a block, much less a marathon! Thank you friends and family for your support and encouragement all along the way!  And last, but certainly not least, thank you to my Heavenly Father! It’s all by His strength! 

Transformation Tuesday #17


Today’s ‪#‎transformationtuesday‬ is about family. What a joy it was this weekend to see my Aunt Diana again after last seeing her in 2009 when I went to visit her in India! My mom and Diana have been BFFs since high school. Diana has been there through it all, which makes her family. She is a woman of great faith, joy, and someone I look up to.  Continue reading

IdealFit Giveaway: Get Fit, Get Lean, and Earn Your Ideal

Happy Friday friends! Fridays are the best! I’ll be honest, however, and say that everyday feels like a Friday when you’re a teacher on summer break! Speaking of summer, how do you get fit, get lean, and earn your ideal during summer?  I don’t know about you, but I when I’m on a quest to reach a goal, I want to surround myself with people and products to help me meet my goal.  As I am quickly learning, being healthy involves making a series of choices on a daily basis; what to eat, whether to exercise or not, how to fill my free time, etc.  Continue reading