Cyber Bulling and Body Shaming

I feel like I’m incredibly lucky because for the most part I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive and positive people. However, I recently have experienced a bout of cyber bullying and mostly centered around body shaming from a small percentage of people in my communities. Realistically, for every one negative comment I receive there are 15 positive ones. 

But these negative ones can really get to you especially when some one takes the time out of their day to criticizes you for not having a 6 pack and not being super lean. For not looking like the athlete that you claim to be. For promoting unhealthy ideals. Yes, I got these messages the other day after posting this picture:

I posted this on instagram to show my progress with the whole 30. It wasn’t to show off, and I mostly talked about how my gut feel healthier and how I’m going to keep myself feeling this way after the whole 30 is over.

Nope no 6 pack to be seen. It’s actually been a long time since I’ve been lean enough to see them. Maybe I don’t look like your stereotypical endurance athlete because I’m no Shalane Flanagan. But I do go out there and run mileage that makes people cringe and I promote balance and self love.

So here are some things to remember when people criticize you or your body:

1. A 6 pack is NOT an indicator of health. Just because you’re super lean doesn’t mean you’re super healthy and fit. Actually, when I did have a 6 pack back when I was into bikini competition, I was essentially starving myself and completely crazed. Does that mean someone with a 6 pack is unhealthy? No! However, we don’t always know what’s really going on behind the scenes.

2. In today’s day and age it’s a lot easier for people to be cruel. It’s easy to hide behind a screen and comment on a persons appearance because even though your picture may be you, we are all still pretty anonymous online and the wicked in people tends to come because there’s something else going on with them. 

3. When someone criticizes what you’re eating, remember that you’re giving your body what it needs. Okay, that may not be the truth if you’re constantly eating sweets and downing a bag of potato chips. But if you’re eating nutrient dense foods that support your body and activity level then you don’t need to be eating your plain chicken breast and broccoli for six meals a day. 

4. What you do is your current best, like I said I’m not Shalane Flannagan. I do not run a sub 5 min mile, or crush Ironmans every other weekend. But I work hard and do my best, whatever you’re doing, you’re doing your best. You don’t NEED to be super fast or work out so hard 7 days a week. Who cares that someone else can run faster, you have to remember where you personally started and how far you’ve come.

And I don’t want to be cliche, but I will anyways! “Haters gonna hate hate hate.” 

So brush yourself and go about your journey. 

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Friday Five with #AwareWithPink!

This weeks Friday Five Favorites is a special post in honor of Brest Cancer Awareness month. You get to know a little bit more about me and what keeps me inspired on this long sweaty journey called life. 

1. Tunes that inspire! When I’m getting my sweat on the 3 songs and podcasts I listen to are: Hall of fame by The Script, Shake it out by Taylor Swift (I’m a not so in the closet fan of T.Swift!) and currently The Paleo women podcast. Since I run so much wireless headphones don’t last very long for me, they fizzle out from all the sweat and the batteries never last long enough for my long runs. I want win a pair of Aftershokz so I can keep getting my sweat on and still be inspired by my favorite tunes! 

2. Give back!? Volunteering is something that has always been important to me. I did a lot of it in college, but when I graduated adult life kind of took over. This year I decided I need to change that and if you follow me on Instagram, I started volunteering with Title IX girls running group. I help coach girls ages 9-15 in running and life lessons. We have 3 weeks until the end of season 5k and I love watching these girls become stronger with every step.

3. Self Care. Being healthy doesn’t just mean physically healthy, but mentally and spiritually as well. You all know fitness is an important part of my life (haha I know stating this obvious!!) but I keep myself healthy mentally and spiritually too in ways I don’t often talk about. I have my own sort of meditation that I do every night before I go to bed to help me unwind, I do yoga (probably not as much as I should!) and most importantly I have self love mantras that I tell myself when I start to feel down. I always tell my clients that they can’t just get results by working out, you have to love yourself and take care of yourself first, and results will happen. 


4. Inspiring threads! I live in work out clothes, so when it comes to shopping I get more excited about clothes I’m going to get sweaty in over a dress and heels. My favorites you ask? Well for all my triathlon, cycling and running gear it’s Coeur sports! Created by and for women, they inspire me every day to get out there every day and get moving! I also love Reebok, I love that they’re stuff is so cute and versatile that I can go from the gym to dinner in their gear and still look cute!  


5. Friends who inspire! This was a tough one for me. Over the past couple years the people I have decided to surround myself with are ones that hold the same vision as I do. They’re out there to inspire and empower women through fitness and make a difference. So I can’t pick just one. But for your viewing pleasure, here are my @bosfitgrls that are just some of the ladies I love being around and watching them inspire everyone around them!


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. 

The Whole 30 Round Two

Last week I started doing the Whole 30 again. If you’ve been following me for awhile, I blogged about my first round at the beginning of this year. That first round I mostly did for weight loss. I had a couple more stubborn pounds that I wanted to be rid of and a bit of a pizza habit so I decided to give this a try. It was actually really successful and up until about two months ago, I was able to keep it all off.

But two months ago things changed for me. I started not sleeping well, which was effecting my work outs, my energy levels, my mood and my weight. I put on about 12 pounds in the course of 2 months. I know I was eating badly, mostly on the weekends. But it was because while I had good intentions of cooking a healthy meal, I was just so darn exhausted from doing almost nothing so take out was a better option. On top of this I was always bloated, my stomach was bothering me again and I would have weird allergic reactions at random times to foods I ate regularly.

Some thing was not right.

I went to the doctors to see if they could find a better explanation for what was going on in body. But she really didn’t. I had blood tests done and they all came back normal. Normal thyroid, normal iron etc. Her only suggestion was to see a nutritionist. I was a bit irritated by this because I know how to eat healthy, I was doing it 80% of the time. But that didn’t explain my constant exhaustion and lack of ability to sleep through the whole night.

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That’s when I decided to give this a try again because I had started drinking a ton of coffee and not even that was helping. Not necessarily this time for weight loss but to get the rest of me back in order, if weight loss happens with it, I’m not going to complain.

Right now I am one week into my 30 days. I have 23 days left and I already fell a ton better. I actually have slept through the night the past 3 nights and I DON’T still feel completely tired when I wake up. My stomach isn’t as bloated (I think I might even be able to see some abs again if I squint really hard and flex even harder!). My stress levels are down and I’m only have green tea.

I won’t lie though, I’m a bit nervous about when these 30 days are up. Obviously this is not the most ideal way to eat the rest of your life. NO grains at all? Like what?! Also the CHEESE. I LOVE cheese! But I also don’t want to be back to being WIDE awake at 3am. So I need to have a happy balance. The week I’m done is my birthday, so I will enjoy a glass of wine and a birthday treat. But I think I’m going to stay gluten free and dairy free for a bit, having is only on special occasions. With the holidays coming up in the next couple months it would be hard to stick to eating this way, but at least I can do it most of the time. I’m excited to see how things turn out at the end of this!


Start of whole 30


One week into whole 30