#FuelYourBetter

Being a Sweat Pink Ambassador, we’re given wondrous opportunities to review products that are up-and-coming or have been on the market for a while. I’ve been so super curious about Vega Sport because it’s plant-based and I’m, unfortunately, used to eating (AKA relying on) chemicals out of a bag. My veg/vegan runner friends swear by its taste and results so why not try it, right?

WHY HAVEN’T I TRIED IT EARLIER?!

The package came in a tightly sealed dry ice box, already letting it be known that it isn’t your typical energy bar but made from real food. My co-workers, who are athletes themselves, were very hesitant to try it because they believe in the power of chemicals. I convinced them because, really, what do they have to lose? So I passed the bars around and this is what they said:

“OH MY GOSH, THIS THING IS DELICIOUS! IT TASTES LIKE REAL FOOD!”

“DO YOU HAVE ANYMORE?”

We compared it to a competitor brand we consume on a daily basis and unanimously preferred Vega Sport because of its natural taste. And as it just so happened, we planned to workout shortly after indulging in this protein goodness and my energy levels couldn’t have been better! I didn’t feel bloated, heavy, and it didn’t take my body a while to get moving, which is what the competitor brand does to me.

This review is honest and in my own words – there’s absolutely no reason to sugar coat anything because it doesn’t benefit anyone. With that said, I dare you DARE YOU to go out and buy just one bar yourself. I promise you’ll enjoy it more than all other brands and really feel the difference. I must forewarn you though that it might get addicting like, you-can-eat-it-all-day addicting. 😉

Until the next review…

keep on running!

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Top 10 Benefits of Running!

10 benefits of running

Thanks for sharing, RaceGrader!

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keep on running!

Inspiration: For the Weekend

This is bookmarked on my phone. I read it daily. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of trouble handling #15.

Running is more than running – it’s teaches you about life.

17 Things Running Teaches You

Posted by: on May, 17 2013
Found on ThoughtCatelog and written by Kovie Biakolo

1. To be good at anything, you have to put in the time and effort no matter how talented you are.
2. Your abilities and someone else’s abilities are not the same. Do the best that YOU can do.
3. If winning is your objective, realize that you have to work 10 times harder than the next best person.

4. No matter how hard you work and how prepared you are, disappointments will happen.

5. The most gratifying experiences usually come as a result of enduring the most painful trials.

6. To be great at anything, you have to risk failing terribly at it.

7. A lot of people endure the same pains that you do.

8. If you focus on putting one foot in front of the other, you will eventually reach the finish line.

9. You cannot reach the finish line unless you start.

10. The mind is a very powerful thing. If you can train your mind to keep going even when your body wants to quit, you can achieve some incredible things.

11. Learning the difference between physically being unable to continue and giving up.

12. Accepting that every day is different — some days 5 miles is really easy, other days it feels like a cruel punishment.

13. Pace yourself.

14. You cannot give 100%, 100% of the time.

15. Sometimes you need a day off, a day off from everything.

16. The worst time, the slowest pace, the last person to finish the race is still better off than the person who refused to try.

17. Even if you fall, even if you cannot finish today, you can and should pick yourself up and try again tomorrow.

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Until the next post…

keep on running!

Run Like a Girl

Yeah, I run like a girl (does anyone even know what that means?) because I am a girl, but that’s not what I’m referring to.

Dawn Rushing of The Rushing Herd set out a goal: 30 half marathons by the time she turns 30-years old.

I loved and admired the fact that she set out a goal that’s both mentally and physically challenging because 1) she was ready and willing to change an unhealthy lifestyle for herself and 2) she wanted to show her children how being active can be an awesome thing. My sister stumbled upon her website as she was looking to register for more runs (we’re both determined like that).

“Let’s do Run Like a Girl.”

The name alone threw me off because 1) I don’t want to be a part of a stereotype and 2) it sounded more like a fun run than anything. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy fun runs. But at this specific point in my life, I wanted something challenging..more challenging. Well, I was proven wrong. Run Like a Girl – Virtual Run Series was created by Dawn because she became inspired by Girls on the Run – Northeast Tennessee. This run was to help raise awareness about the organization and 100% of the proceeds (after medal and processing fees) would go directly to the non-profit. Their mission is…

“We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

Those two sentences alone had me immediately browsing their website to find out how I can help even further, and signed up for Dawn’s run that had the option of running a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon. Due to my schedule, I proudly ran a 5K at the beach (talk about challenging myself, huh? Hey, I ran intervals on the sand. I think that’s quite a challenge in itself.).

(ain’t the medal spiffy? I love how it says “Be Confident.”)

Check out Girls on the Run, learn more about their mission, and help support a local council near you!

Until the next post…

keep on running (and helping others!)!

I sweat pink!

Who knows what a Sweat Pink Ambassador is?

It is exactly what I want to be about.

They “..inspire others on their journey to health..believe that strong is the new skinny..have a positive attitude and know whole foods is a healthier route to happiness..understand that pink is the new black.”

Get ready to SWEAT PINK, people!

On my way to a better me, I stumbled upon a website dedicated to individuals who want to be healthy, are healthy, and stay healthy. It’s called Fit Approach and they are building a healthy community..one shoelace at a time.

Who are Sweat Pink Ambassadors? They are:

Natural leaders – they motivate those around them to be their very best and set an example of positive, healthy living. Shoot, I hope I am! I feel I am though am afraid of stepping into the Richard Simmons zone (I don’t want to hear any of that 10 burpees deep!).
Enthusiastic health nuts – they love sweating and eating well but can (and will!) appreciate the finer things in life. The finer things in life, to me, involve In-n-Out french fries. This may differ from Fit Approach’s definition of it though. Teehee.
Curious – eager to discover, learn, share, and connect. I live the “curiosity killed the cat” life.
Passionate – living well gets them going and their enthusiasm is infectious. I’ve never lived a more “well” life than I do now and, I’m pretty sure, I annoy people with my enthusiasm. This is where I’m borderline Richard Simmons.

Why should you become a Sweat Pink Ambassador? Why not? You can:

Inspire others – you will make huge changes in people’s lives by encouraging them to “quit being a couch potato and start living life!”
Get connected – you’ll gain a network of like-minded people, which means inspiration and motivation never end.
Gain exposure – you’ll gain visibility and a whole new audience whether it be on your blog, raising awareness within your family/friends/community, and such.
Get pink swag – did someone say “swag?” Ambassadors get discounts on as well as free Sweat Pink gear for themselves and their community.

That’s right, folks. I became a Sweat Pink Ambassador.

I believed in myself and I believe in YOU to become one, too.

So make the change you want to see in yourself as well as others. Make your community a happier place to come home to. Make this year (and the years to come) a better world, a better country, a better you.

Until the next post..

keep on running!