SOS Recovery Hydration Review + Giveaway

Through my affiliation with Fit Approach and Sweat Pink I get to share in the excitement that is SOS Rehydrate’s NEW Mango Recovery Hydration drink mix! When I received my SOS Rehydrate, I couldn’t wait to test it out! Mango is their newest flavor so I knew that it would be a refreshing addition to my water during my training runs. Being that I still have a few races left, this was the perfect time to test it out!SOS Giveaway Pin 3

About SOS Rehydrate

  • SOS Rehydrate is a fast acting electrolyte replacement drink that is as effective as an IV Drip to help combat mild to moderate dehydration due to active lifestyles and physical performance.
  • Unlike sports drinks, SOS has 50% more electrolytes and 75% less carbohydrates. SOS compliments Energy drinks which give you a buzz but dehydrate you. SOS is simple, effective and proven hydration. You need to hydrate to survive.
  • SOS uses a proprietary medical blend of ingredients to maximize the absorption of water into the body. SOS undergoes consistent testing and sports research to ensure that we always deliver the best product to you.
  • No artificial additives.
  • Zero calories per serving. (source)

 SOS Hydrate Recovery Drink Mix - Mango

Okay, you know how runners love to celebrate after a race. After indulging in a few of my favorite beverages of choice, I wanted to make sure that I remained hydrated. I opted for SOS Rehydrate Recovery after my past race and it gave me the hydration that I needed. The mango flavor is delicious, too!

Also, being that it’s the holiday season there will be even more celebrations and parties. SOS Hydrate is: 1) perfect for on-the-go and 2) makes the best post-recovery drink after a party or after a race. All you have to do is add water. This is especially convenient for races being that courses will have water stops.

 SOS Hydrate Recovery Drink Mix - Mango Tango


I love smoothies so after my post-race celebration, I chose the perfect ingredients for my SOS Recovery drink!

Strawberry Coco-Mango Smoothie

1 Packet of SOS Mango Recovery Hydration Drink Mix

1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 Tbsps of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Blend and Serve!


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Whether you are logging miles, need to hydrate after a fun night out during the holidays, or you need to hydrate during a race…SOS Rehydrate Recovery Hydration is the perfect choice! I would say “stay thirsty my friends”, but thanks to SOS Hydrate you don’t have to!


The winner will receive a box (10 single serving packs) of SOS Hydrate NEW Mango Recovery Hydration Drink Mix. The deadline to enter is midnight December 7th. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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Best of luck and Happy #HolidaySOS!!!

I was provided SOS Hydration Recovery drink mix to review. Bonus: a yummy recipe creation! This post is sponsored by Fit Approach and Sweat Pink and all opinions are my own. I will be using SOS Hydration in the future!


What's Normal? The BMI Chart is a liar!

What is Normal?

I woke up this morning repeating the words “healthy skinny”. No clue why. Perhaps it was the Bluebell ice cream snack that I consumed before bed throwing hints. Judge not! Well…I had a recent conversation about “The Chart”. You know which one. The one every diet plan wants you to follow, the one your personal trainer shows you at your first one-on-one sesh, or the one you often see at the physicians office. Actually, I’ve had countless conversations about that stupid BMI chart and all I can say is…don’t believe the hype it tries to feed you! I don’t fit into the mold of the chart. My normal is skinny to me.What's Normal? The BMI Chart is a liar!

I do know how I feel when my jeans are fitting just right, when my dress is hugging my curves in all of the right places, and when my inches lost reflect something totally different than what the scale reads. I feel great!

Does “normal” unquestionably make me healthy, fit, and/or strong? Most certainly not!

What's NormalI know the definition of skinny varies from person to person, but why can’t we accept that “strong is the new skinny”, “healthy is the new skinny”, “fit is the new skinny”, etc.?

We should always strive to be our best while celebrating where we are on the journey. We should also never allow anyone’s opinion, past disappointments, or a chart strip us of our efforts. Whether you are trying to lose weight, pack it on, tone it up, slim down, or get that baby weight off…keep pushing.

I will always be an advocate of health, fitness, being physically active, and I hope I never get to a place where I get comfortable and stop trying. I may have a “moment” or two, but I know I must keep going! If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and your efforts are not showing up to the party—or if you feel like the scale is simply lying to you (the scale and I have this conversation often *le sigh*)…know this:

You've Always Been Beautiful | My Pretty Brown Fit Keep going!


Holiday Sweat

Getting My #HolidaySweat On!

Holiday Sweat

Holiday season is here and I want to make sure I stay on top of my fitness goals. There’s a fun #HolidaySweat challenge going on in the Fit Approach community! I may be a little late to the party, but it’s never too late to start. It’s so easy to get comfortable this time of year with all of the parties, yummy foods, weather, etc—but if we stay active, we can go into the new year focused and with the right mindset.


Here’s the Scoop!


Week 2: #holidaysweat challenge with #sweatpink and @runtothefinish

Monday, November 16, 2015: (You can still add this on to one of your days this week) What’s your core strength goal this week? Longest plank? 3 Core workouts? #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Show us your plank! How long can you hold it? Tighten those tushies, legs and core! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Wednesday, November 18, 2015: Show us your most creative core move! Crunches with a baby instead of medicine ball?!  #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Thursday, November 19, 2015: Flash your time! Share a watch photo of sweaty fun for the day! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Friday, November 20, 2015: FREE FRIDAY! Show us what you’re up to today… sweating, eating, cooking, preparing for a healthy flight! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink


Weekly Goals

Monday — 3.4 mile run/walk (done)

Tuesday — Plank it out!

Wednesday — 4 mile run + crunches

Thursday — 30 minutes of cardio (arc trainer, StairMaster, etc.) + showing off my sweaty fun!

Friday — Free Friday! It’s normally my rest day, but I’ll share a photo of what I’m sweating, eating, or cooking.

Saturday — Long Run

Sunday — Rest


How will you be getting your #HolidaySweat on? Feel free to join me!


Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon

2015 Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon Race Recap

Two years ago, I started a tradition of running a race for my birthday (which includes virtual races). I ran Fit, Fab, & Lean’s virtual Lacing Up for Boston Half Marathon last year and this past April I traveled to Huntsville, Ala. for the Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon! Bridge Street Half was during my post-marathon “running hiatus”, but I was happy to add it to my list. If you are looking for a beautiful, peaceful flat course…this is the one! Huntsville is a nice city and I wish we would visit more often. Bridge Street Town Centre is also packed with lots of retail stores, restaurants, and places to enjoy.

Being an hour and ten minutes outside of Birmingham, I appreciated that we could drive up and pick up our packet race morning. It was hard getting up super early, but we were fine once we got there. Maybe next year, we’ll stay over and enjoy the city a little more. It was a little chippy, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to need a jacket or not.


The sun was finally peeking its rays, so I headed over to the registration table to pick up my packet. It was a nice turnout and I saw a few familiar faces.

Heather and II’m glad I got to see Heather, my Half Fanatic friend, that I met at the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. She’s about to reach SUN status by completing 52 half marathons in 365 days. Proud of her!


Bridge Street Half Marathon, My Pretty Brown FitI was excited that I ran into my sole-sister, Jazmine! She’s a fitness instructor (Body Pump, Body Step, and the list goes on) and one of the reasons why I started running. In 2011 she invited me to a Black Girls RUN! – Birmingham Saturday group run right before our Body Step class—and the rest is history! She is such an inspiration! If I can look this great after having a baby…I’m definitely riding the Jaz-Pizzazz train! *choo-choo*


Bridge Street Half Marathon | My Pretty Brown FitI met my Insta-friend Tamra (Real Bama Blonde) for the first time before the race. How it happened: Her soon-to-be-hubby asked my HB to take a pre-race photo of them and immediately afterwards we recognized each other from IG. I love how social media brings people together! She’s a beauty and super sweet!


Half Fanatics Takeover HSV!

Half Fanatics Take Over HSV!



But first, selfie!


Bridgestreet Half Marathon - The Start

And we’re off! Such a beautiful day!


Sole Sisters: Leticia, Mel, and I decided that we were going to walk the half! YES, WALK! It was really fun! We talked about future races and recent happenings in each others lives. At every race I see a group of women distance walking and they always look like they are having a ball! No pressure, no worries, and now I know why. Fun times! That is what it’s all about!

Bridgestreet Half Marathon - Smile y'all!

Smile Y’all! — or not! Lol!



Bridgestreet Half Marathon 3

One of our pit stops! We had to get a selfie with the fun, gypsy-lady! Okay, I really don’t know who she was supposed to be dressed up as, but she sure was fun to have for our crowd support along the course!


Half Fanatics - Bridge Street Half

13.1 Miles DONE!


Bridge Street Town Centre Half Marathon

Run, walk, jog, crawl…every mile is EARNED never given!

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Do you celebrate your birthday with fitness-related activities?


8 Ways To Start Your Day - My Pretty Brown Fit

8 Ways to Kick-Start Your Day

I’m happy that it’s Monday! Yes, you read that right! I love the start of a new week because it gives me a fresh start and a new perspective. Last week (and weekend) was so busy. I was ready for a fresh start. Last night was also the first night I actually felt like I gained an hour of sleep and felt rested. I woke up refreshed! In honor of my good sleep, I’m sharing ways to kick-start your day!

8 Ways To Start Your Day - My Pretty Brown Fit


1.  Prayer/Meditation: Prayer/meditation will center your mind, body, and spirit. It creates an atmosphere for positive energy that will lead to a productive day.

2.  Water:  Before I go to bed at night, I place a bottle of water on my nightstand. While we are asleep our metabolism slows down and our body is slightly dehydrated—which is why I drink 8 ounces of water before my feet hit the floor every morning. This also helps get a kick-start on getting those recommended glasses in.

3.  Morning Stretches:  I get up and stretch for 10-15 minutes every morning. I also like using a foam roller, resistance bands, or even a towel to get my stretch on. I feel so relaxed and ready for what’s next! Check out these 8 stretches you should do every morning!

4. Exercise:  I love starting my day with a workout when I can say “NO” to Mr. Snooze. I feel better when I get it done early rather than late. For those who need a little motivation to start the week (especially Monday motivation), Move It Monday is an international campaign that encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving each week starting on Mondays. Check it out! Also, if you are a blogger or writer, See Jane Write shares why bloggers and writers need to exercise!

5. But first, Coffee:  Admit it. Everything is better with coffee! There’s something about it that gives that extra boost to start the day. Green tea works, too. If you are looking for ways to energize your day and clear your brain, read this post!

6.  Eat Breakfast: We hear it all the time. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true. It also keeps you from becoming a Crabster! It’s best to go for a protein-packed, fiber rich breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. I like to eat every to 2 to 2.5 hours, so a healthy snack in between breakfast and lunch is a great option, too!

7.  Writing Out Goals/To-Do-ListWriting out goals and a to-do-list really help me organize my day. As I complete a task, I mark it off my list then move on to the next one. Before I know it, my tasks are complete.

8. Turn up the music:  There’s something about music that just gets me pumped up! Turn on your favorite playlist and move and groove your way out the door to an awesome day!

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How do you kick-start your day?



Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites #3 – Week 11/6

Happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, y’all! I am so excited that the holiday season is upon us. I have so many fun things in the works, fun events, and I think it’s about time to crank up the Christmas music! Since it has been a few weeks, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things here lately…

  • Brooks Transcend 2

I attended a Ladies Night event at The Trak Shak (a local running specialty store) recently, which I do almost every quarter. They have all kinds of fun things for the ladies: eats, drinks, discounts, and raffle drawings. I never won anything in the past. I couldn’t believe it when they called my raffle ticket as the winner of a pair of Brooks running shoes ($150 value). I was just about to purchase a new pair, so I’m happy that I won. I decided on the Brooks Transcend 2 which are the lightest stability shoe out there. It feels great, too! I have decided that they will be my training and half marathon race shoe. BrooksTranscend1


  • Starkist Tuna Creations

I’m always on the hunt for healthy snacks! Lately I have been stocking up on the Starkist Tuna Creations. They are perfect for on-the-go. They are packed with protein and you can keep them anywhere: your purse, desk at work, gym bag, wherever! I love that there are so many flavors: Hot Buffalo Style, Herb & Garlic, Ranch, Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked, Sweet & Spicy + Kids Creations: Honey BBQ and Bacon Ranch.



  • Magic City Macarons

I mentioned before that Birmingham has become quite the food mecca. We have so many new restaurants, bake shoppes, food trucks, and much more! At our reCreate Women’s Conference a few weeks ago we were surprised with macarons after one of our sessions. They were amazing! We also have a new place here called, Magic City Macarons, and I’m hoping that’s where they came from. Still doing my research. MCM has so many eclectic flavors, you will want to try them all. I may need to make a trip this weekend to pick up some of these tasty treats!

Magic City Macarons


  • Icy Feet

Before my first marathon, my sister sent me a care-package. Inside of my package were Icy Feet. Let me tell you, these Icy Feet are perfect for sore feet after running or other activities. They also give you the ability to “R.I.C.E.” easily. You place the cold pack in the freezer (arch side facing down) until frozen solid. Once frozen, place your Icy Feet on the base of your foot/feet while sitting or lying down. It’s recommended to wear socks because you don’t want to end up with ice burn. Yes, this happened to me…long story. These will be perfect for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. You can learn more about Icy Feet here.

Icy Feet


  • Hot Chicken

Here in the Magic City of Birmingham we have what are called “pop-up” events. The first one I ever attended featured a restaurant that specializes in “hot chicken”! I loved fried chicken, especially if it’s prepared right—but this was different. This hot chicken was SO GOOD…I wanted to call it super food! Don’t laugh. Because I fell in love with it, I had to blog about it. You can read all about it and its origin here.

Eugene's Hot Chicken - My Pretty Brown Fit


What are your favorite things right now?



Lung Cancer Matters

Lung Cancer Awareness. It Matters!

Lung Cancer MattersDid you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month? Sadly, you don’t hear much talk about it. My Dad was a smoker. I hated it. Filter Kings, Super Long has been etched in my brain since childhood. In 2002 as I was preparing to graduate from college, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. This is something I never thought my family would ever have to face. When I first found out, it was quite numbing. I didn’t cry, scream, or get angry. I was just shocked. I just wanted to know how we could fix it.

Prior to Dad’s diagnosis he developed a form of ischemia and became an amputee. That was a big adjustment for him. He was not diabetic. I have to share that detail because that’s the first thing people assume. He finally adjusted to his new prosthetic limb. I remember telling him he was part of the cool club since he had a brand new leg. He would laugh! That was even more reason for me to remain positive for him during his new diagnosis. That’s a lot for anyone to go through. My Dad decided to quit smoking and he never looked back. He faced chemo and radiation therapy treatments like a champ, and he always remained positive even after having major surgeries due to complications.

What I loved about my Dad was that he never complained. He was a true fighter! Doctors gave him 6 months to live, but God had another plan. My Dad lived well beyond 6 months. God has a way of making us believe in the impossible even when it overrides the opinions of medical professionals. He lived almost 2.5 years post-diagnosis. He was eventually placed on hospice and we were able to watch the Super Bowl together one last time. It took a while for me to get to a place to talk about it and I’m now at peace knowing that he’s in a better place and no longer suffering.

We need to understand the dangers of smoking and the importance of educating ourselves about lung cancer. It affects everyone: family members, caregivers, loved ones, friends, and even strangers. I hope over the month of November we will all become more informed about this disease than we were yesterday.


Here are ways to lower your risk of lung cancer:

Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking is linked to approximately 90% of lung cancers. You can prevent lung cancer by deciding not to start. If you do smoke, quit. Smokefree.gov has great resources to help you take the first step. Also, there’s nothing like hearing testimonies from real people and former smokers on how to quit. You can read those testimonials here.

Avoid secondhand smoke. Avoid other people’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes to avoid secondhand smoke. Most establishments have become smoke-free, so why not make your home and car smoke-free, too.

Get your home tested for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings. You can’t see or smell it. It can also have an impact on indoor air quality.

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It’s always hard to talk about this and I’m missing my Daddy today more than ever—but it’s necessary. Share with everyone you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Spread it!