New Challenge to Improve Your Health!

Each day I’d like to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into one or more meals that I prepare each day.  My goal is to increase my energy level, make better food choices and improve my overall diet.  I plan to include some new recipes that I will share with you throughout the challenge.  I hope that you enjoy joining me on this journey and have fun making some great choices to improve your overall health.

Make a list of some of your favorite fruits or vegetables and pick them up at your local grocery store.  Try to plan a trip to a local farmer’s market to pick up a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Here are a few pics of my recent visit to a local farmer’s market.  I kept passing by this market week after week and never stopped.  I really enjoyed my trip and wanted to share some of the fresh fruits and veggies that I spotted.

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I love to juice kale for a great green juice.

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I have a great sweet potato pie smoothie recipe that will make you think that you’ve just taken a bite of a fresh baked sweet potato pie.

I found some of the best tasting Fuji apples (not pictured) that I had ever tasted.  You could never find apples like these in the grocery store.  They were just pulled off of the tree and were exquisite.

As you shop it’s always fun to pick one fruit or vegetable that you’ve never tried before.

I hope you take on this challenge.  Next ideas will be posted soon.

Peace and Love Pink Running Kicks.

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I’m Back and Happy to Blog!

Happy summer everyone!  I’ve been gone for entirely too long.  Just working and as I mentioned on a recent Facebook post I’ve been blessed to acquire my first home.  What a blessing!  I just want to take a few moments to update you on my fitness and health journey.  I’m no longer vegan! I tip my hat to those who can embrace that lifestyle, but I just couldn’t go without the dairy.  In fact, I’m eating too much ice cream this summer.

I did start incorporating seafood into my diet.  This is on and off for the most part.  I’m now trudging up the 30 minutes a day of exercise mountain.  And it is steep!  I just started back at the gym.  Can’t we find every excuse to not exercise?  Well, I pray that God gives me sustainability.  Can everyone just say commitment? LOL

Well, I will be blogging more, so I will be back.  If anyone has any topics that they would like me to discuss I will definitely research it and give my thoughts.

Peace and Love xoxoxox Pink Running Kicks

Photo 101: Day 2- Street

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This photo was taken on a street in the city of Avalon located on Catalina Island.  A quaint little restaurant that caught my eye.  The vivid colors, floral arrangements and delicious menu displayed all over the front entrance lures in hungry tourists.  If you take a look in the windows you can see the reflection of the boats on the waterfront.

New Title: Pink Running Kicks and Tagline: Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit

I just edited my blog title and changed it to read, “Pink Running Kicks”.  I also added the new tagline for my blog, “Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit”.  Now this definitely sheds new light into who and what Pink Running Kicks is all about.

There are times when I give up on an idea or activity.  Either out of boredom or not being able to spend enough time to develop or complete it.  But, I’m not a quitter.  I eventually pick it right back up and carry it out to fruition.

My tagline came from the words of Lisa Nichols, Life Coach, who authored the delightfully wonderful book, Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.  

I watched one of her workshops on YouTube where she spoke about how she was thrown into a situation where she initially felt defeated and intimidated.  Ms. Nichols, however, developed a mindset that she could win and went on to have victory over her situation.

Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit is a mindset that will guide me on my journey through life.

Peace and Love

Pink Running Kicks

About Pink Running Kicks

I remember the enthusiasm I had when I created my blog back in 2012.  It didn’t take me long to write my “About” page.  I wanted something short and sweet, maybe 3 sentences at the most.  I tried to capture who I was in this brief statement in hopes that readers would find me interesting enough to follow.  I think I wrote that I was a newbie runner who loved health and fitness.  My “About” statement later went on to include that I was a beauty enthusiast as well.

Well my descriptor of who I am has not changed very much.  I’m Pink Running Kicks.  My name developed from my love of the most awesome color in the world, pink, of course.  I love to run and I always have a touch of pink in my running shoes a.k.a. “kicks”.

I created my blog to document my journey in the world of health, fitness and beauty.  I mostly write about my likes and dislikes, struggles and accomplishments and special events in my life.  I guess my blog is my journal that I want to share with others who have my same interests.

My blog has also created a new goal for me career wise.  I want to earn a Nutritional Specialist and Weight-Loss Management certification.  I don’t know when this will occur,  but I’m pretty sure it will happen in the near future.

I will continue to discuss my workout plans, races and upload pictures of my nutritional plans.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I LOVE TO COOK.  I just purchased a new camera so you’ll see loads of pictures.

I’ve gained a few new followers so I hope this gives you a little insight into who I am.

Peace and Love

8 Exercises Every Woman Should Do

Sculpting for 2015

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If these eight body sculpting moves aren’t in your current training program, they need to be. Like, right now.

Are there certain exercises specifically for men and others specifically for women ? Absolutely not, though it sometimes seems so. Men make up the vast majority of gym-goers who do heavy bench presses and barbell curls, and women currently have the market cornered on the inner/outer thigh machine and plié squats. But ladies, there’s no reason you have to limit yourselves to such “girl-ified” moves. By all means, keep hitting your thighs and glutes hard, but heavy lifting and intense upper-body training aren’t just for guys. There’s a whole host of exercises that are underused by women but shouldn’t be. So we asked three experienced trainers and physique competitors (who just happen to be women) what some of these exercises might be. What we came up with are the following eight…

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Creative Bloggers Award

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Much love and gratitude to The Beautified Blogger for nominating me for the Creative Bloggers Award.  She always delivers a wealth of blog posts on beauty from retro chic to present fab!  I love her weekly nail polish choices which always deliver the most lush and glamorous colors!  She is such a sweet heart and her nails are always on fleek.

 

The Rules:

Nominate 20 other blogs and their links.

Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important).

Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.

Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs.

Pass these rules on to them.

Five facts about me:

l.  I love blogging about health, fitness and beauty!

2.  My passport just arrived so I’m planning to travel the world.

3.  I love meeting people!

4.  I’m creating my Bucket List and will be blogging about it in the near future.

5.  I love to walk and jog along the beach it’s so relaxing!

I will be nominating several bloggers and posting soon!!!!!

 

Peace and Love,

Pink Running Kicks

 

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PACt Cranberry Extract Water- A Delicious New Hydrating Drink

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I’ve been searching for a drink that would instantly hydrate me after a long day at work or through the night.  As I was flipping through SHAPE magazine, I ran across an ad for Ocean Spray PACt Cranberry Extract Water and decided to give it a try.  I normally enjoy all flavors of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juices so I decided to get all of the PACt flavors:  Cranberry Blood Orange, Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Raspberry and Cranberry Mango Passion Fruit

I enjoyed every flavor that I purchased.  Each were mildly sweet and definitely flavorful.  There was no weird after taste and  they were not too watered down like other flavored waters I’ve tasted in the past.

Ocean spray has also created a fabulous PACt Cranberry Extract Water website (www.pact.oceanspray.com) that details all of the nutritional benefits.  I’m especially grateful for the many health benefits described on the website including the following:

  • Only 10 calories per serving
  • No genetically engineered ingredients
  • Color straight from cranberries

I really enjoyed all of the information provided by the website.  There is a section called #evenbetter that features motivational quotes, articles, lifestyle and health tips.  There are also numerous recipes for preparing healthy meals.  I’ll definitely be creating the Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions this weekend.

Overall, I really enjoyed the new PACt Cranberry Extract Waters.   I think that this would be a nice drink to enjoy before, during, or after a workout.  You could even enjoy it with lunch, dinner or to supplement a snack. Drinking it before you go to bed would aid in restoring your body’s nutrients and muscle regeneration throughout the night.  I will definitely be purchasing more PACt waters in the future.

Peace and Love ♥

Pink Running Kicks

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Batting My New Irresistible Mink Lashes

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, I had the opportunity to attend my very first IMATS event.  IMATS which stands for International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, is the make-up industries world’s biggest gathering.  Thousands of make-up artists, vendors and lovers of makeup gather together to demonstrate, view, try-on and purchase make-up at extraordinarily great prices.  Some of this years make-up companies were MAC Pro,  Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sugarpill, LA Girl, Stila, Sigma Brushes,  and many more.  Make-up classes, tutorials, and advice from experts in the beauty industry took place over the course of 3-days.  I was in heaven, yet again!

I had the opportunity to buy my first pair of Mink Lashes from Velour Lashes.

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There were so many styles I didn’t know what to choose.  I finally decided on #winging (so soft and cute).

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I then made my way around to several vendors who were selling a variety of lashes.  I went home with some great deals!

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KOKO Human Hair Lashes:  Bella, Ariel, Koko, #204 and Vixen!

 

 

Lots of Glazed Lip Paints from LA Girl

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I snagged these three.  Just delicious!

 

Many vendors and lots of shoppers!

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Some memorabilia!

 

 

 

Make-Up Artists from the movie industry were there also!

 

Alien Girl

 

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Wolf Girl

 

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The man from “Up” (adorable)

 

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I had so much fun and came away with so many great deals.  I look forward to next year and one day attending IMATS (New York)!

 

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution Book Review

I just finished reading the book entitled, “The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution” by Marla Heller, MS, RD  and I must say that I’m absolutely impressed.  The author, Martha Heller, a registered dietician in private practice and at a naval hospital outpatient nutrition clinic, provides a simple step-by-step 2 week plan for losing 10 lbs.  She ensures that you will not only reduce your weight, but improve your overall health.

 

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My interest was spurred to read this book after my mother challenged me to start adding book reviews to my blog.  I’m grateful for her suggestion because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Furthermore, my interest was sparked because the author stated, “You can lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks.”  She provided valuable research based findings on combating heart disease and diabetes as well.  The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution will ultimately help reduce your weight, lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce risks of developing diabetes or kidney stones.

As I paged through the 2 week plan and recipes that the author included, I realized that this was something that I could do successfully.  Mostly because it includes meals and snacks that I normally eat on a regular basis.  It doesn’t list those foods that I normally will not enjoy eating and leave me feeling like I’m starving.

There are 2 phases to the diet.  Phase 1 reboots your body and appetite.  You phase out starchy foods and concentrate on protein and veggies.  No fruit in this phase as well.  Phase 2 then slowly incorporates items back into your meal plan in a healthy and sustainable way.  The diet involves “preparing meals and snacks that are satisfying and actually help to curb hunger.”

Candidates for the DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution include the following:

  • individuals who carry excess weight around the middle
  • individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals diagnosed with diabetes (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals who are sick and tired of yo-you dieting
  • individuals who desire to take preventive measures to reduce risks of developing high blood pressure and diabetes

So, forget about the junk food, refined grains and overeating.  These will just make you stay hungry, crave the unhealthy foods and keep excess weight on your body.

List of things to avoid:

  • refined grains
  • junk food
  • skipping meals

List of things to enjoy:

  • healthy fats (e.g. nuts) they help keep you sustained especially in the late afternoons right before dinner.
  • fruits and veggies
  • cooking new recipes
  • meal planning
  • meal prepping

I now enjoy grocery shopping, reading labels and of course my all time favorite thing to do, COOKING!

I enjoy planning my meals followed by meal preparation for the entire week.

I recommend that you download this book or purchase it at your local bookstore.  You won’t be disappointed!  I finished reading this book in 2 days so that’s an indication that you won’t be able to put it down once you pick it up.

Peace and Love