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**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!


CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Sweat Pink Ambassador


Fit Approach Sweat Pink Blog Badge

I found out last week that I was picked to join an amazing group of people called Sweat Pink Ambassadors…and I’m super excited to say the least.  Some of you might know what a Sweat Pink Ambassador is, but for those that don’t, let me tell you a little bit about the program.

SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador) is a part of the website Fit Approach.  Fit Approach is a health & fitness community that is filled with a wide-range of supportive people sharing their love for health and fitness and their experiences with it.  There is a great link on their page that is a Q & A page!!  Go check it out here!

It was founded by two strong women (Jamie Walker & Alyse Mason Brill).  Their mission statement is amazing…Check it out!


We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking  great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

                    How do we get there? We climb. We journey. We balance. We reward.

So now you know about Fit Approach but what about SPA?  Well, the Sweat Pink Movement is the brain child of Jamie & Alyse.  It’s a place where “tough and girly come together”.  It’s sharing your healthy accomplishments with others.  It’s living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying it.  It’s being positive and pushing through.  It’s supporting and empowering others to want to live a healthy life.  It’s wearing pink and still kicking ass!

As an ambassador, I hope to inspire others to live healthy and stay active.  I hope to introduce others to something new (an exercise, a recipe, information regarding a product, an inspirational saying…whatever it may be).  I hope to instill the same passion for health & fitness in others that I have.  I hope to support others in their strive for their best.  I hope to push myself to be strong!  I just hope to be the best I can be!  And I will do it SWEATING PINK!!!

So, here’s the question?  Do you have it in you to be an SPA?  If the answer is yes…then go and check out the program and fill out the application!  Hope to see some of you there!

Inspiration…don’t we all just need a little bit?!

I’ve been staring at my computer all day and keep getting glimpses of my awesome and inspirational background!  I have a few that I rotate to give me that boost I need sometimes to kick my butt into gear.  This is the one I currently have up is about running…and…I love it!  It really puts life into perspective for me 🙂  It really hits home because while I may have problems that day with myself or someone else….when I run…none of that matters.


Here are a few others that I rotate that I truly love for one reason or another.  Check them out…maybe they will hit home with you also.  Enjoy!!

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And then my new funny one that I found that I absolutely love……


Birthday Recap :)

I started out my birthday hanging out with my sweet hubby and some friends at our hometown “Cheers” a.k.a. Duchesne Bar & Grill a.k.a. The DBG a.k.a. my previous employer ;). Yes….I’m a veteran bartender/server!  This place truly is filled with some cool people who I dearly miss working with every weekend.


That’s me….with my gorgeous necklace that my amazing friend Chris got me for my birthday….she has great taste!  We didn’t stay long..a few hours….I had some girly drinks and some yummy food….bar food at it’s best!  Fried and totally not good for me but yummy nonetheless 🙂 (no incriminating pictures here folks….its like those fried mushrooms never happened)

From there, me and the hubby went home….snuggled down in bed and watched Pitch Perfect.  Hilarious movie!  Loved it!  Actually ended up watching it no less than 5 times over the weekend.

Saturday morning we slept in…and then Sean (the hubby), Kaleb (the son) and I went to our favorite breakfast place.  You just gotta love Gingham’s.  I love that they remember us when we go in there to eat….makes ya feel a little important ;). Here is a pic of me and Kaleb cheesin’ for the camera.  He is such a cutie!


I started with coffee and then got the Breakfast Wrap which for me ended up being a tortilla with two scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach, swiss cheese and salsa.  I also had a fruit cup and some cinnamon toast….man…I’m full just typing all that out!


After breakfast but before lunch, I was able to sneak in a run (3.15 miles)…I went to the gym this time because of this stinky rain….blah…so sick of it and ready for sunshine and warmth.

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From there, we just kind of hung around the house until lunch time when it was Round 2 of great food!  We of course had to have Mexican for my birthday but I didn’t want to brave the crowds on Sunday.  We ended up at one of my most favorite Mexican restaurant.  Dos Primos is amazing and as usual I had the best meal!  I decided on the Shrimp Taco Salad with avocado and green sauce added.  Plus I had a bunch of chips and salsa…that’s a given :). No pictures….sorry….forgot my phone in the car ** gasp**

Sunday found me sleeping in again (8:30….wow!).  I spent the remainder of my day hanging out with the family and doing a little shopping at the mall.  I got some really cute stuff 😉 I also went to Starbucks and got my free birthday drink #jackpot!  I always get the same thing which is the Caramel Macchiato and I also got the Salted Caramel cake pop…it was all De-lish!


I finished the evening with this Strawberry cupcake that my daughter helped make….she is just too sweet!  She was very proud to say the least!


So there was my birthday weekend in a nutshell….too much food for sure….still stuffed today and ready to get back to my normal eating habits.

Does anyone else over-indulge in food?

How do you celebrate your birthday?

Goodbye winter…see ya!

Let’s just say that I am more than overjoyed that Spring has kicked winter to the curb….just sayin’! I can deal with the rain as long as I get those warmer temps. I am one of those people that is cold ALL the time so I love me some warm days 🙂

It just makes everything so much easier….running is easier….getting the kiddos out of the house is easier….heck….even getting dressed is easier!

So in honor of this amazing day we got today, my family and I spent as much time as possible outside….well except for that small nap we made the kiddos take….believe me…it was for the own good! They woke up at the crack of dawn….


First off though, we had an amazing lunch at Qdoba! Love that place! I didn’t take pics but I had an amazing Grilled Chicken Taco Salad with three different salsas…and I snagged some of my hubbys chips and queso. It was yummy as usual!

From there came the quick nap followed by a trip to the neighborhood park for running (me)…bike riding (the kiddos & hubby). I ended up only doing a mile because I really wanted to go enjoy watching the kiddos ride their bikes. It was a great short run though so that’s what counts! I also snuck some post run reading in with my new Runners World magazine I picked up today. I don’It know about you but I love getting a new magazine….any magazine :). I also brought last months edition of Women’s Running. They are my two favorite running magazines right now.


What are your favorite fitness magazines? Do you buy a bunch or just a select few?