Inspiration has struck! This weekend I was oh just listening to some music (so rare for me lately) and came across the song Secrets by Mary Lambert. Even though I was destined to love the song due to its catchy rhyme, but once I listened to it the lyrics really stuck with me. For those of you who haven’t heard it (although I’m sure you have all heard it by now!) below is the music video! The song is all about not wanting to hide the things that society says is wrong! You all know what I mean, those things that make us different! It really struck home for me! So today I wanted to share my SECRETS! I would love to hear some of yours too :)

  • I am short! Yes I have little stubby legs and arms and my pants are all too long for me.
Shorty in the middle!

Shorty in the middle!

  • My eyes are two different colors! One is more brown and the other more blue! Can ya say freak!
  • I have some grandma looking hands! Wrinkly and skinny and misshapen and I’m only 22!
  • Three of my front teeth are half fake! Yes that is right I chipped my front tooth when I was younger (that story is for another time) and my other two grew in funny!
  • I have been out of college since May and well I am working three part time jobs, not ideal in the slightest but I am working on adulthood!
  • I love and eat everything carb related! Bananas, pumpkin, squash and pretty much any fruit or dark chocolate are my favorites!
  • I have a scary, loud and argumentative family, we never agree on anything but I wouldn’t trade them for anyone else.
  • I’m not always comfortable in my skin, yes sometimes I wish to be or look like someone else, but hey I know I don’t have a thigh gap and never will and I am learning to love every bit of me!

Wouldn’t the world be a much happier and wonderful place if we were told and encouraged to let these secrets out and show the world the things that we are told to keep in, or hide or wish to be someone else. So today I challenge you, stop wasting so much time hiding things about you that aren’t normal and let them shine. Let the whole world know that you aren’t perfect and embrace the good and bad!

Marathon Help!

So lately I have been reading recaps upon recaps of marathons, half marathons, hat trick races, 5K’s, you guys know what I am talking about. Now don’t get me wrong I am not complaining in the slightest bit (my wallet might be though), but it has sparked an interest in me! Thinking back it has been two years since my first half marathon. I loved training for it, well the small bit of training that I did do. I also played soccer in college, and I loved practice and working towards a goal. Right now I workout. I go to the gym and I lift weights, then I do some cardio and don’t get me wrong it makes me feel good! But I miss working towards a goal. I want to train for something. To follow a plan for a reason. So that is why I am pretty set on taking the next step in my running journey. I think after contemplating for a year I want to embark on the marathon!

After reading up on marathon training I think I have the year of prep work under control. I have been running consistently for a year, although lately my mileage has gone down I feel I have about 20 miles a week. But I need your advice! I have read so many of you experiencing the marathon, but I am not sure what is right for me! How long do you train? What is a good program to follow? Any good races you have heard of in Ohio? Have any further advice, like how many pairs of shoes will I need to invest in? Or any good gear suggestions?

I know this is a huge commitment, and obviously I am not wanting to run a marathon in the winter in Ohio so I am shooting for the spring! So let me have it! I would really appreciate your thoughts!

WIAW: Remembered!

It has been forever since I remembered to get my photos for a WIAW, but finally I remembered!

fall WIAW

So here are my eats from Tuesday! I have started to light weights again in the mornings. I am one of those crazy weird kids who like to workout on an empty stomach so I usually don’t eat a pre-workout snack, I choose two breakfasts after. Although I don’t think it is necessary to include protein powder in your diet I find it so much more convenient than making some type of protein. I have been drinking skoop protein powder. It has a cake batter type taste and although I have just been mixing it with water for work it is so nice to make a nice smoothie with the trader joes cherry blend!

Protein drinkPost workout protein drink and an apple!

hard boiled eggs

Breakfast #2: One hardboiled egg and one egg white with a side of roasted spinach and peppers

For awhile I had been not eating the egg yolks. I am not a huge fan of the taste but after coming home from work in need of some food due to my lack of fat content in the beginning of the day I decided it was time to add some healthy fat! So the yolks have been a staple in my diet and the taste is definitely catching on!

chicken and rice

Lunch: Brown rice, chicken and broccoli and the remaining egg yolk mixed with some apple cider vinegar, mustard and sweetener.

I have been loving brown rice lately! With the temperatures getting colder outside I have been wanting to switch up my usual salads to something more comforting and warm and switching to rice was great it tasted like chicken and rice soup just without the broth.

rice cake yogurt

Afternoon Snack: Rice cake with sugar free syrup, half of a black forest yogurt, and two mini pumpkin muffins topped with peanut butter.

I found a wonderful protein pumpkin muffin recipe online and decided to double it to make muffins, well what do you know I only have a mini muffin tin at my house, so mini muffins they are! They are so good, and sadly I missed the link of the recipe I got them from :(

cheesy eggs

Dinner: Egg whites with go veggie cheddar cheese, roasted sweet potato and roasted spinach, peppers, and onions seasoned with chopped garlic.

I have been having lactose problems, my digestive system just seems to hate everything good haha but I finally broke down and bought some go veggie cheddar cheese and my oh my it is delicious!

And since I am in love with nighttime snacks I am sure I will have one but I am calling it a night for social media related things for now, so sorry I won’t be sharing (since I type my posts the night before). With rain pounding it is time for some tea, netflix and entertaining this guy! Have a great Wednesday everyone :)

photo 2

Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review

Today I have a great review for you guys. Through my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink I was given the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. For the review I was given a nice little bag of hemp hearts. When I had first heard of the product hemp, my first thought was “isn’t that what bracelets are made of?” I had never actually heard of people eating them, nor did I know they were such a super food! So I wanted to start off with a little background on them before I shared the wonderful recipe that I came up with that turned out great with the addition to some hemp hearts!

hemp hearts

So what is hemp? Well hemp is not only food, but as the website states it can be used as “clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel – the list of hemp applications goes go on and on.” So as many of you are probably impressed with hemp being so versatile. But since Harvest Hemp Hearts focus on the nutritional aspect I want to focus on the comparison of hemp hearts to really show what a super food they are. First of all the taste. Hemp hearts have a nutty taste which if you add nuts to everything like I do will make a great addition to your diet! They are a great source of omega with 10 grams per 30 gram serving. They are also a great protein source for vegetarians or anyone as they are a complete protein all on their own. Hemp hearts are also great for getting your magnesium for the day, with 181 mg for 30 grams. The best part is they are completely natural, a raw and whole-food, which is what we should aim to keep in our diet most the time.

If you are interested in learning more about hemp hearts you might love to hear the comparison between them and our beloved chia and flax seeds. I know I learned a lot through the comparison and was pleasantly surprised. Hemp hearts provide a better source of protein with 10 grams, while chia and flax only contain 4 and 5 grams. They are higher in omega with 10 grams compared to 8 grams in flax and 6.5 grams in chia. And for those fitness junkies watching their carbs hemp hearts are low in carbs with only 3 grams while flax seeds contain 8 grams and chia contain 12 grams.

hemp protein

I absolutely loved the hemp hearts and after browsing their website I can’t wait to try out the protein powder they have. If you are interested in purchasing some check out the website using this link. And lucky for us Harvest Hemp was generous enough to offer all of my readers a 20% discount on all products using the code: HHSweatPink but make sure to jump on this opportunity as it expires November 30.

And now for my recipe! I have been loving those energy balls, and who wouldn’t with the base of peanut butter. So here is a peanut butter cup version!

peanut butter balls supplies

1/4-1/3 cup peanut butter
1-2 T hemp seeds
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
2 REAL peanut butter cups, chopped finely
1 T vanilla protein powder

peanut butter balls

Mix together, make into desired sized balls and then either stick in the freezer or the fridge.

Changing Up Your Routine

Do you guys ever get bored of your weekly routine? You know you wake up at x time everyday, you workout at x time everyday, you eat at x time everyday, you go to bed at x time everyday? Part of living a healthy lifestyle is about planning and sometimes that means having a routine to make sure you are prepared. But how often do you hear about someone losing weight and exercising and next thing you know they have gained all the weight back and more? Quite often. Part of that reason is because their routine became boring. One day they woke up at the same time to head to the same fitness class they do everyday and thought hey I don’t feel like going, why don’t I just sleep extra today. Then they are sitting at dinner with that same grilled chicken and veggies and see a commercial for tv. So why not just get the pizza from Papa Johns tonight, because I know I can’t stand to have chicken and veggies one more day. Without variety we become bored. Once we are bored we eventually will have to change our routine or we get stuck in a rut. So take today to change it up.


Here are some tips that I have used in order to change up my routine and make life more interesting.

  • Try out a different workout. Although I do love attending Saturday morning spinning class, sometimes I just need a break. I love finding a good workout on all of your lovely blogs to try out for a change of pace. Here is one from The Fitnesstia that I tried out last week.
  • Try out a new recipe or restaurant for a change. And listen to your cravings! In the long run your body will thank you!
  • Try working out with a friend. Whether you try out a new fitness class with them or just running with a friend this will help not only with accountability but also change it up. What’s more fun than hanging out and getting fit with your best friend!
  • Try out a challenge. We see them everywhere, T-25, Squat Challenges, you get the idea. This can lead to a finding a whole new support system and making new friends :)
  • A change of scenery. This is my favorite. Running can become tedious, but once you change the location you instantly fall in love all over again. So whether this is changing up where your working out, eating, or even just hanging out, change it up and go somewhere new.

There are many ways to change it up, just don’t let yourself fall off track because you get bored with routine! Keep things interesting and don’t forget, don’t be afraid to try something new.

Take Time To Smell The Roses

Lately I have been feeling like spending less time rushing and more time just enjoying the moment. I have spent most of my short life always in anticipation for what comes next. When I was younger I was always wanting to be in a grade higher, another year older. When I hit 16 and could finally drive I wanted to be 18, for the freedom. Once I hit 18 I wanted to be 21, so I could drink and have another right. When I was half way through college I wanted to be graduated and onto the real start of my life.

rushing through life

But now I am here and my mindset has finally changed. Now instead of striving to be another year older or on to bigger and better things I find myself wanting to go back. Back to high school. Back to college. I want to go back and time and redo the things that I wish I would have done now. But seeing as I can’t I have decided to live in the moment. To stop rushing my workouts. To stop rushing to work. To stop speeding through life like I am chasing something. I have decided to stop and smell the roses. To enjoy what I am doing the moment I am doing it. Whether that be working on a project at work, working out, walking Benny or making dinner, I want to slow down. Enjoy life in the now. Life is far to short to be wishing you were somewhere else in life.

enjoying life

Snap Shots Lounge and Bar

This weekend I got the treat of eating at one of my favorite local restaurants, Snap Shots Lounge and Bar. Snap Shots is located in Granville, Ohio. The restaurants style is considered causal aesthetic.

They serve delicious sandwiches, fresh salads and gourmet desserts. The food is mostly geared towards a great lunch spot but they are also open in the evenings with appetizers and a chef special for the day. The appetizers include truffle oil popcorn, oven roasted rosemary grapes, bacon wrapped smokies and more. With a full bar it is a great place for a late evening snack.

Now to start with the food. Their sandwiches are pressed on specialty bread, grilled to perfection. Salads are full of fresh greens and veggies of variety. They also have an extensive kid friendly menu. But the desserts are where its at. With traditional cheesecake, chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla ice cream pecan treat and freshly made cookies topped with ice cream you can’t really go wrong.

The food in my opinion is amazing, but the atmosphere is what stole me over. It is tucked in a secret location, behind a coffee shop. It is a small and intimate setting. Lights dim, with candles around for lighting. It is the perfect place to have a relaxing evening or mid day lunch.


I went on Friday afternoon with my mom for a lunch date. Although we love the atmosphere inside it was such a gorgeous day, and Benny wanted to come of course so we sat outside. We started with the truffle oil popcorn, my mom is a huge fan of popcorn in general and wanted to try it out! It was definitely a great amount for the price! The popcorn had a slight hint of the truffle oil, it was the perfect balance between not enough and just enough in order to give you the flavor. I loved it! Not to mention it was so addicting, but what popcorn isn’t! We also had plenty of leftover to bring my dad some home.

For the main course I ordered the simply veggie salad. It came with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, red onion, black olives and roasted red pepper on a bed of spinach and arugula. I also added some oven roasted chicken breast to it, you know a girls gotta have her protein! It was so good! So good I didn’t even need the dressing. The salad was so fresh like I just picked the ingredients out of the garden. The chicken was flavorful with hints of rosemary and thyme, and perfectly juicy.
IMG_1990.JPGMy mom ordered the hannah banana favorite. It came with roasted chicken breast, pepperoni, provolone cheese, banana peppers, and italian dressing on sourdough bread, then pressed. Although I didn’t try it, the sandwich looked delicious!



And I am linking up for MIMM due to this marvelous meal! Head on over to the link to check out all the Monday fun! And have a great Monday!


Digestive Help To The Rescue

Today I wanted to talk about a specific product I have recently discovered. This product may sound weird or unusual but it is great for digestive help and it helps with hydration with just about a teaspoon a day it has really helped show me results! This is herbalife Herbal Aloe Concentrate.

aloe concentrateSo what is aloe concentrate? Well have you guys ever used aloe for a sunburn or dry skin? Well aloe concentrate comes from the same plant! I am sure the next question is so why and what is the purpose of drinking it? Well aloe concentrate is known to have similar benefits of being able to heal and soothe the exterior of our skin, internally. Aloe concentrate can help decrease inflammation in the stomach lining, decreasing blot and irritation. Aloe concentrate can also help with increasing the good gut bacteria, just like yogurt can.

So why do I love it so much? I haven’t had digestive issues since I started using it. Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a pain in the butt (for those of you who suffer from it I’m sure you can account for it). But after using the aloe concentrate I haven’t been having my normal symptoms. Aloe can work as a natural laxative just like coffee has been known for as well. I like to add mine to a warm cup of water with lemon and a mint leaf in the morning before I head off to work. It comes in a natural flavor and a mango flavor as well. It gives a more refreshing taste to your water as well, in turn helping you to drink more water for better hydration. I would definitely recommend trying it out!

CrossFit Workout

Hey guys its me again with another crossfit review workout! This workout was an endurance workout rather than strength so in reality it was right up my alley. So I will get right into the workout itself for you guys!

800 m run
30 push-ups
30 sit-ups
20 Deadlifts
20 Lunges

This workout was a killer let me tell you. We did this one for time obviously. Thanks to my running abilities it took me 36:31 to finish the workout completely. I warmed up with some light stretching and deadlift practice. The running was the easy part for me. I didn’t mind it too much, but those push-ups were definitely one of the worst parts for me, with deadlifts being the first. We did the push-ups like tricep push-ups and with 30 I did mine girl style (or on my knees). Our deadlifts were bent-leg deadlifts. You have to touch the ground for each rep. Lunges were counted as 10 on each leg. I have to admit by the time I was done I wanted all the water! But it was a good workout for your legs, back of the arms and lower back.

Well that’s it for today! Hope everyone enjoys their day!

Marvelous In My Monday- Celebrating The End of Summer

Happy Monday! I know you are all so excited to start another week, but I am sure if you are like me you are already counting down to the weekend. This past weekend I had such a fabulous time because to celebrate the end of summer! For a lack of time todays post will be dedicated to just pictures! I am linking up for MIMM too because well it was a good weekend!