[The Friday Five] My Favorite Treats

Happy Friday! I don’t know how another week has already come and gone; time is flying! This week on the Friday Five, I’m sharing my 5 favorite treats with you. Looking at this list, most of them are pretty healthy, but like anything, should still be enjoyed in moderation. 

1) Bissinger’s Chocolate Bars 

Chocolate is one of my favorite treats – but not just any chocolate. It’s gotta be GOOD chocolate. Dark chocolate is my most fav, and right now I am loving Bissinger’s dark chocolate coffee toffee! Find these at Metropolitan Market, QFC & Fred Meyer in the PNW! img_7967

2) Arctic Zero Ice Cream

Ice cream is more of a summer treat for me, but I still love it occasionally in the colder months. Arctic Zero is one of my favorites as it is a guilt free version of ice cream made with pretty ‘clean’ ingredients. My favorite new flavor? Cake Batter!!! YUM!img_5310

3) Quest Bars 

You can’t go wrong with a Quest bar. They come in so many different flavors and are perfect when you want to #CheatClean!! The new blueberry muffin is SO GOOD! It’s my new fav. S’mores is a very close second! img_7443

4) Chococurb Box 

Do you love trying new kinds of chocolate?! This subscription box is the perfect solution for you! I love all the fun things I have gotten to try in my boxes. Get new kinds of quality chocolate every month and you will always have a new one to try when you need it. Check it out all the possibilities HEREfullsizerender

5) Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas

You really can’t go wrong with gummy bears & these gummy pandas are delicious! You open the bag and can instantly smell the real fruit extracts they are made with. My favorite time to have these for a treat is on a long run, it’s the perfect mid-run fuel! If running isn’t your thing, they also go well with movie night haha πŸ˜€img_7966

#AwareWithPink [Friday Five]

Happy Fri-YAY! Today in partnership with Sweat Pink & Aftershokz, I am sharing with you the five things that make me feel empowered! 


1. Good Tunes

There is nothing like some good tunes to get you pumped up for a workout. My top 3 songs right now are: Gold – Kiiara, 679 – Fetty Wap & Remy Boyz, Let Me Love You – Justin Bieber & DJ Snake. Of course I LOVE to listen to these on my AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones! I especially love them on a run, because it allows me to be aware of my surroundings while running πŸ™‚ img_7230

2. Giving Back

Nothing is more empowering than giving back to your community, especially if it’s a cause that’s close to your heart. Different ways I do this is either by running a race that supports a charity that I am passionate about, volunteering for a non-profit organization like Union Gospel Mission. I encourage you to find something in your community that speaks to your heart and get involved! 

3. Self Care

Self care is one of the best ways to feel empowered. It allows you to recharge and recharge yourself. It’s highly underrated. If you don’t currently partake in some sort of self care, you must give it a try. What does self care look like?! It could be yoga, meditation, running, working out, a massage, a manicure, spending time with friends or a quiet time for reading. Whatever recharges you and makes you happy! Think of it as ‘me’ time and make it a priority! 

4. Inspiring threads!

What you wear can help empower you to get sweaty + strong! Grab a cute shirt with a motivational phrase or something that you feel like a rockstar in. Pick up a new pair of yoga pants or put on your favorites that you already own. If you like what you wear when you workout, you definitely workout harder!

5. Friends who inspire!

I am so thankful that I have so many friends who inspire me + empower me to be the best version of me. I have met some of the most amazing people thru fitness and they never cease to amaze me. I have so many amazing people that I could feature here, but to keep it short, I’d like to spotlight Katie and Sarah. 
Katie works so hard as a P.A. in labor and delivery doing things I could never dream of. Every day, she brings saves lives and new lives into the world.  She is one of my best friends, and is always there to listen. She grinds hard in the gym and at work & inspires me to keep going on some of my hardest days. img_4134

Sarah is an amazing mom who makes motherhood look easy. I look up to her so much and hope to be a mom like her someday. She is a pilates instructor, personal trainer and one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. She inspires me to work hard and never quit. Also – post baby body GOALS!! img_4046

Both these women inspire and empower me thru their love, support and friendship! 

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 the support the Sweat Pink community. 

Fall Race Season is HERE! [Runs + Where to Find Me]

I’m seriously having a really hard time believing that fall race season is here! October is when #ALLtheRaces happen and there are some pretty awesome ones coming up. If you wanted to, you could run a race every weekend in October. I have to admit there were a few I had to turn down that I would love to run. There is always next year right?! Today I am sharing with you some of the Fall races I am really looking forward to and which ones you should be sure to have on your radar! 

Rock N Roll Queretaro

I shared why I am so excited about this a few days ago. Basically you get to explore colonial Mexico, eat all the tacos and run a super fun race. Doesn’t get much better than that does it?! This race weekend features four distances and has something for everyone – 5K, 10K, half and full marathon. screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-8-59-21-pm

Portland Marathon

This race will always have a very special place in my heart as I ran my very first half marathon here. I like to say this is what started it all. I had the option to run the full in Portland this year and had to turn it down. I was not going to be trained enough and didn’t want to push it too much. This full marathon is a GREAT one and definitely one I want to run. Put this one on your bucket list!DSC01318I will still be down in Portland that weekend working at the Portland Marathon expo, so if you running, be sure to find me at the expo and say hello!! 

Rock N Roll Vancouver

If you are up in the PNW, this is a must run! If you run the 10K, you get to run around the beautiful seawall in Vancouver. I have never run this race, but I am really looking forward to it this year. They offer a 10K and a half marathon. Vancouver is a beautiful city and a short drive up from Seattle. Join me there this year! Use code SWEETBLONDEFIT to save $15 on registration! 

Rock N Roll Merida

This was my very first international race last year. It coincided perfectly with a family vacation to Cancun, so I made the drive over to Merida and ran the half marathon. It was SO humid, even for a night race, but when I crossed that finish line, it was ALL worth it. Such a fun race, super amazing medal and a fun way to experience Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Use code SWEETBLONDEFIT to save $15 on registration! Get race info HEREIMG_8748

Rock N Roll Los Angeles

This is known on ‘the streets’ as the Halloween half. Get your costumes ready!!! This race is huge, lots of fun and while costumes are not required they are highly encouraged. I am not sure if I will be at this race this year or not, but it is definitely one worth running! Use code SWEETBLONDEFIT to save $15 on registration! Get race info HERE16_rnr_la_halloween_logo_spotcolor

Lake Washington Half Marathon

This will be my first year running this Orca race, and I am looking forward to it. Their races are well organized & always have amazing swag! Lake Washington is one of my favorite places to run in the PNW, so this race should be beautiful. There is a 5K option available as well. Get 10% off any distance with code: SWEETFIT & join me at this race on November 5th! lwhand5klogo_small

For now this is all the races I have on my radar for the fall. It’s enough don’t you think?! LOL. The fall is such a fun time to run, you get the sunny weather with cooler temps which is why it is such a popular time to race. I love it, but it is also hard to pick and choose sometimes!

What races are your going to be running this year? Which ones of these will I see you at?! 

Taking the Marathon to the Next Level – Rock N Roll Queretaro

The Rock N Roll Queretaro weekend is almost here!! I cannot believe it. I have been looking forward to this race ever since they announced it. Most of my fellow RockNBlog buddies are going to be running Rock N Roll San Jose this weekend, and I’ll be running here in Queretaro. screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-8-59-21-pm

Queretaro holds a very special place in my heart. This is the city where I did my study abroad during college. I lived in Queretaro for 7 months and had the time of my life. Being here again brings back a lot of amazing memories. I am so excited to run my second international race in this city. img_9189

In Queretaro, Rock N Roll is going big!!! The weekend features all 4 distances, a 5K, 10K, half marathon and a full marathon. The 5K is on Saturday and the other 3 races are on Sunday. I will be running the remix which is the 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. 

The 5K course is the one I am most excited for – it goes thru all the historic parts of downtown Queretaro. I am gonna be stopping for all the photo opps of the pretty churches, the plazas and the gorgeous views. screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-8-52-52-pm

The half course looks alright. It’s not quite as scenic, but it looks like it will still be a lot of fun. The altitude is definitely going to be the hardest part of this race. Queretaro sits at about 6,165 ft — more than a mile above sea level. I didn’t train for altitude, this race is for fun, so I will take all the walk breaks I need. With the high altitude, there is less oxygen, so my body starts to hurt after a few miles. I take a walk break, recover, and then do it all over again πŸ™‚screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-8-55-56-pm

The infamous Rock N Roll after party looks like it’s gonna be pretty amazing. They are having not just one headliner,  but 3 – Fobia, Miguel Mateos and Kinky!!! I am not familiar with all of them, but I do know that Mexicans throw amazing parties, so it’s bound to be a ton of fun. I can’t wait to run this beautiful city! img_3141

If you want to follow along for all of the fun during Rock N Roll Queretaro, be sure to follow me on Snapchat and/or Instagram.  My snapchat is @sweetblondefit or you can use the snap code below to add me. My Instagram is @sweetblondesfitlife or click here snapcode

Why not run another Rock N Roll race this year?! It’s not too late to join in on another tour stop. There is Denver, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Merida,MX and even VEGAS coming up! Use my rockNblog discount code SWEETBLONDEFIT to save on registration fees! rock n blog red

How to Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Since finding out about my gluten allergy, I don’t eat cookies all that often. I was puttering around Pinterest one day and saw a gluten free, grain free chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was intrigued and thought, “sounds easy enough”. Then I got the crazy idea to use some protein powder and make them into a protein cookie. The result: an amazingly delicious, gluten free cookie that is low in sugar. img_7176.jpg

You may have seen Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies. They have been all the rage, but they are NOT gluten free. I’m also not a huge fan of their nutrition. High sugar, high calorie and high carb. Not much better than a normal cookie. So I set out to make a gluten free, lower sugar, protein cookie. 

These gluten free protein cookies turned out much better than expected and did not last long. I gobbled them up quicker than I expected. I was looking for excuses to eat these! They are great as a snack or a dessert. img_7171

In this recipe, I used my favorite protein powder, Vanilla Milkshake from Quest. One thing to remember when cooking with protein powder is the kind of protein can really change the recipe. Feel free to substitute your protein powder of choice, just know that it may alter the recipe a bit. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip
Protein Cookie Recipe

prep time: 20 mins
cook time: 15 mins
total time: 35 minutes

1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil (if your coconut oil is a little melty, put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firmer, like softened butter. If you use melted coconut oil, the dough will be greasy)
3 scoops Vanilla Milkshake Quest Nutrition protein powder
6 tablespoons natural almond butter – make sure it has no added sugar!
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
A few Tsp of water, if needed

1. In a mixing bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat together coconut oil and the protein powder until well combined. If you use coconut oil, it may not come together easily. If needed, use your hands to combine it and then beat another 20 seconds.
3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract & mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low and mix well.
4. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 Β°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
5. Roll the dough into approx 12 balls. Place on baking sheet.
6. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until browned and the center of the cookie is no longer raw.
7. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

1. You can also roll cookies into smaller balls but this will effect the bake time.
2. The bake time will also vary based on protein powder used & your oven. Start with 11 minutes and check cookies. With Quest protein, it took 15 minutes, however this does vary based on oven.
3. If you wish, flatten cookie ball slightly before baking for a more traditional cookie appearance πŸ™‚ 

Adapted from TexanErin


Life Lately: 3 Ways to Feel like Yourself Again

When I started this blog, it was to talk about my weight loss and sharing workouts, recipes and resources to help support others in their weight loss journey. The blog has become part of my life, and like my life, it moves and changes with me. As I got into running, I started blogging more about running. Occasionally I throw in some fashion posts and share pieces of my life, cuz why not? My long time blog readers are my tribe, a community. I love sharing my life with them, so at times I feel called to share something a little more personal and that is what today’s post is about. None of us are perfect, we are all vulnerable and have struggles, and I am no different.

Have you ever had a tough moment in life; times where you don’t feel like yourself? Lately, I’ve been in one of those. Unfortunately it has lasted longer than a moment. I have good days and I have bad. At times there seem to be more discouraging days than good.

Overwhelm is real, and I find myself feeling like I can’t seem to move forward. Some of these feelings are entrepreneur struggles; trying to create and do a lot of things single handedly is not easy. The other part of it is some personal things I am dealing with. It’s disappointing because I feel like I have so many great things in my life, but they get overshadowed by sadness.img_6574

It’s okay to feel sad, but if you let it consume you and rule your life, especially when we have so much to be grateful for. Naturally, I am a happy and upbeat person who finds a lot of joy in life. It’s not fun when I don’t feel like myself. When I am having a bad day or the problems feel like too much to handle, there are a handful of things that I do to get my “mojo” back and today I’m sharing 3 ways to feel like yourself again. 

3 Ways to Feel Like Yourself Again

1) When in doubt, WORK IT OUT

This is my go to, especially when I am in a funk! Sweat it out! Go for a run, lift some weights, do some relaxing yoga. The endorphin rush is amazing and it also helps relieve stress & anxiety. I can’t tell you how many times a workout has made my day better or given me a different perspective on a problem.  img_6979

2) Reach out to a good friend

Or family member! Sometimes just talking with someone can help so much. You don’t even have to talk about the problem. Connecting with a good friend in person or over the phone recharges you with positive energy. When you spend time with someone who knows you really well and loves and cares for you, it’s good for the soul!img_7403

3) Gratitude – appreciate your life

Take a moment to be grateful for everything that you have. Even if it is not exactly as you would like it to be, or if you are feeling frustrated with your situation, you still have so much to be grateful for. Start with appreciating the air your breathe & the fact that you get to live another day. Take a few deep breaths and fill your heart with gratitude. Remember who you are and what you stand for. quote gratitude

Other ideas:

  • Take a bubble bath
  • Go shopping! You don’t even have to buy anything, just browse. 
  • Get some quality “me time” i.e.: get a massage, read a book, get a blowout, or do a fun work out
  • Engage in your favorite hobby 

When you don’t feel like yourself, acknowledge it.

It’s okay to be in a funk sometimes. However, don’t let yourself stay there. I’ll admit, this last time I let myself sit there way too long. Like longer than a few days long. Life is too short, and I have too much to be grateful for and too many ambitions to allow myself to stay in a funk. When you realize you don’t feel like yourself: Acknowledge it. Reclaim yourself by using one of the steps above. Go kick ass!

How to Rock Your Runs with Pink Aftershokz this October!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of pink Aftershokz as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Can you believe it is already September?! This year is flying by!! Fall is near and that means October is right around the corner. October is when we bring out all the pumpkin stuff, and it’s also breast cancer awareness month. One of my favorite companies, AfterShokz is joining the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by going (Bright) Pink with some pink Aftershocks headphones! unspecified

Aftershokz created some limited edition open ear Trekz Titanium Pink headphones that are only available now thru October 31st. My long time readers know I love the color pink, so when Aftershokz told me about this campaign, I was SO EXCITED! I already have a pair of Trekz Titanium, and love them, I take them on almost every run with me. When I found out they made pink Aftershokz,  I was very excited to get some in my favorite color. img_7230

Besides being my favorite color, these pink Aftershokz headphones support a great cause. For every pair sold on aftershokz.com from September 1st to October 31st, 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of proceeds to Bright Pink, a non-profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness. How cool is that?! 

The Trekz Titanium from Aftershokz are amazing. Here is what I love:

– open ear design allows you to be aware of your surroundings while you enjoy your music and/or calls
– wireless, so you won’t be tangled in cords
– sweat resistant
– they don’t go inside or over your ears, so you don’t need to worry about them falling out while running 
– a single charge gets you 6+ hours of listening time!
– extremely comfortable
– you can turn your jams up as loud as you want without damaging your hearing! Because these headphones are bone conduction and not in your ear canal, it won’t affect your hearing. cool huh?!
added bonus: a portion of proceeds raised from each unit sold will go back to Bright Pink to spread awareness about breast and ovarian cancer!!

For more info, you can read my previous review of them HEREimg_7196


Since I love social media, I think it’s super cool when a social media post can help do some good. Check this out –> Every time #AwareWithPink is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink to extend the awareness. Spreading the hashtag will fund Bright Pink’s ongoing efforts to educate and drive awareness about how being proactive can make all the difference. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!  img_7280

Gift with Purchase

If you purchase a pair of PINK Aftershokz, be sure to use the code “PINK” at check out and receive a free small storage case! This storage case is very nice and not included normally. unspecified-2
If you are looking for a great pair of bluetooth headphones for running, you will NOT be disappointed with Aftershokz. Be sure to check them out!