3.25.2015

SOS Rehydrate: Product Review & Coupon Code

I am writing this sponsored and paid post as a SweatPink Ambassador. I received product at no charge to review. I did not promise a positive review. All opinions expressed in this post are solely my own.

Hydration, hydration, hydration. It has been an ongoing topic on my blog this past month with the Move Mountains: Bring Boaz Home Hydr-8 water bottle fundraiser and giveaway. In case you missed it, 21 bottles were sold to support this adoption fundraiser PLUS we had a generous donor donate $100 directly to the cause. As part of this fundraising campaign I talked about Dehydration & Hydration 101 and stressed how important it is to stay hydrated and pointed out some of the signs of dehydration. Trust me, I had my eyes out for these this weekend when darling daughter and I were battling the flu. Fortunately, neither of us became dehydrated.

In my hydration post I also mentioned that in my longer runs I turn to a sports drink that has electrolytes. As much as I may like a sugary treat every now and then on special occasions, I do not do well with sugary drinks....especially when I run. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to try SOS Rehydrate -- a sports drink I had never heard about but was instantly interested when I read it was created by professional track runners and a doctor. Oh yes! Runners and a doctor creating a sports drink...this I need to check out!

They sent me two flavors to try: citrus and berry and even recommended I mix one of each to get a fruit punch taste. I took them up on their suggestion during a long run when I fill up my CamelBak as I typically use two packs, or stix in this case, of hydration mix when my pack is full. I tossed in some ice and hit the road running.

This is a great pace for me!
I had some nerves and self doubt that day and wasn't sure how far I would run but decided to run by feel and let the pace take care of itself. Dear hubby dropped me off and I started running to the beach he was taking darling daughter to. In all reality, I was a goof ball and didn't sit down and refresh my mind on how far this course was but it ended up being 10.5 miles. Good thing I packed some gels but I only used one. The hydration drink was suiting my purposes and hey, my 10.5 miles were at sub-GMP (goal marathon pace).

Further into the run a couple of sips tasted salty but I was warned it may due to the higher electrolyte content in this drink. On that note, here is the scoop. SOS does have a few calories (13 calories per serving) but no artificial stuff. Score 1! It has 6 times the electrolytes as the average sports drink (this is good news for me because in the longer hot runs I tend to have salt issues), 27 times the electrolytes as the average coconut drink (just saying), and 75% less carbs (yay!). This is all good stuff to me. I also love that they add in their FAQ's that SOS is vegan friendly. :)

It is worth noting that this is a sports drink created for a purpose -- to prevent and treat dehydration. It is not an every day drink. It is meant to be used by active people or in times when becoming dehydration is a risk. It is not safe for kiddo's under 1 but I don't see why they would need this drink anyhow. But I did feel confident letting darling daughter have a couple of sips once I got to the beach and had some left in my hydration vest. And if I felt we were veering towards dehydration this weekend I may have opened up a stix and mixed us up some but we were both doing good sipping on ginger tea.

What makes things better is that the kind people at SOS left me a sweet message on a note with my samples -- SOS is available on island! I just haven't made it to the store to scope it out yet but the news gets better! You can get yours today and enter the coupon code SweatpinkSOS to get 10% off.

Are you ready to try some SOS today?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the opportunities in my life.

Daily Bible Verse: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~ James 1:17

3.24.2015

Back to reality

I woke up just before 4:00 am thankful that my back didn't hurt as bad as I feared, thankful darling daughter no longer had a fever, thankful that we both were able to eat dinner the night before, but bummed that reality was just around the corner. I had to go back to work. She had to go back to school.

Spring Break is officially over here on Maui. Well, it ended with kiddos returning to school yesterday but due to the flu hitting our household, darling daughter and I took a sick day yesterday. I did my first flu streak mile and we spent the vast majority of the day in bed. I did venture out to tend to the guinea pig and somehow tweaked my back. I was in tears with pain and honestly questioned if it meant the end of my running streak. Thank God that does not seem to be the case. His healing power is remarkable especially when combined with immediate first aid - soak in Epsom salt bath, icing on and off throughout the evening, gentle massage, and muscle cream right before dozing off.

Fingers crossed darling daughter has a good day at school with no return of flu-like symptoms. In all reality, she should be through the full course but I know her enery isn't 100% so I pray that she has the strength and endurance to make it through the school day. I also pray my back has the strength and endurance to make it through my work day. I question how sitting on my ball will impact my back --- either it will help it or it will tire the already tweaked back muscles resulting in them screaming.

Regardless, I will be thankful for all the blessings of the day. Have a beautiful day and I can't wait to get back to blogging now that Spring Break is over. I have some cool product reviews to share with you and the CEP Women's Progressive+ Run 2.0 compression socks is still going on but the Move Mountains: Bring Boaz Home Hydr-8 bottle fundraiser and giveaway has ended. Congrats to Elle for winning! You can find her at We can begin to feed and eat, run, sail.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my 1,180 streak days of running and looking forward to see how many are in my future.

Daily Bible Verse: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

3.20.2015

Time is Running Out


This Lenten season has been a remarkable season of growth for me and I honestly feel myself growing closer to God but trust me, I still have a very long way to go. I lose my temper way too quickly on some days and end up yelling when I want a calm voice. This leads me feeling guilty and frustrated with myself for not setting the best example of "keeping my cool" for daughter daughter.

But in the mix of all the chaos she is picking up on good examples --- like my fundraiser for Move Mountains: Bring Boaz Home. I took Spring Break off with her and when I pulled my computer to the table she asked what I was up to. When I said I wanted to do a blog post since this was the last day of my fundraiser for Boaz she got it right away. She said, YES! You should write a post and let people know that it is the last day, what it is for, and what the water bottle is good for....just in case they don't know.

Who am I to say no to darling daughter's great advice?

What is this for?
This fundraiser is to raise funds for Toby's parents to adopt another little boy with Down syndrome.Boaz is in Bulgaria and is adorable! His forever parents got to meet him over a month ago but due to laws, paperwork, finances, etc. they had to leave him there and go back to Nebraska. This still is gut wrenching to hear! Imagine meeting your child and leaving him behind? Things are happening. Water bottles are being sold and funds are coming in through other avenues to make this adoption happen. Continued prayers on my part that this family is forever united as soon as possible! You can help today by purchasing a water bottle with the coupon code BOAZ to mark you purchase as part of this fundraiser PLUS as a special thank you, you will receive 10% off but act fast. This ends today!

What is the water bottle good for?
To keep you on track with your hydration needs. The standard bottle is $11.99 and the insulated version is $12.99. I got the standard bottle as I felt it would fit better in my car's cup holder on the way to and from work but in retrospect, the insulated version would be nice to have with me at other times....such as beach day the other day. I tucked the straw in my cup, put it into the cooler, and stayed nice and hydrated at the beach. It was perfect!

The bottle also has hour lines to keep you on track. For me it is nice to see how I am drinking throughout the day and I have found myself taking another sip or two just to get to the next line. Yes, any water bottle can serve your drinking needs but imagine a bottle that encourages you to take one more sip. That is what this bottle is doing for me! And no, you don't need to be an athlete to benefit and trust me, darling daughter loves sipping from it too. I just need to remember on those days that the lines are for two....not just me.

What's better than the good feeling that you are making a difference in some one's life? 
You can win a free bottle if you enter fast as the giveaway ends today. The giveaway item was purchased by me to give to one of you to thank you for your time and it is the standard bottle.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the 18+ bottles sold to date. That is over $40 going to the adoption fund PLUS I had a generous donor choose to skip the bottle purchase and make a $100 donation to the adoption fund! To just make a secure online donation, you can go to the family's Go Fund Me page.

Daily Bible Verse: But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ~ 1 Timothy 5:8

3.12.2015

CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0 with BrightLife Go

This is a sponsored post. I was provided product free of charge from BrightLife Go to review. I did not promise a positive review and they agreed to giveway an additional pair of the CEP Women's Progressive Socks 2.0 to one giveaway winner.


Years ago I wore compression socks for every single long run without fail. Over the years, they fell to the wayside mainly because I felt perhaps they were too heavy and hot although I don't know if that is 100% true. Perhaps it was the power of suggestion as people kept asking me "aren't you hot?" Well yes I am but I still doubt if it was the socks as the temperatures were high.

BrightLife Go contacted me in early February to try a pair of compression socks. What is unique about BrightLife Go is that they carry a variety of brands so you can really do some comparison shopping. You can choose by style, weight, or even color! I immediately went to the Athletic section and selected CEP to give a try....or to be exact, the Blue/Black CEP Women's Progressive Run Socks 2.0. For the giveaway, this is the sock you will win but you get to choose the color you want. You do not have to do blue/black like I did. The sock is valued at $53.

But what did I think of this sock?

It is a snug fit and you pick your size based on your calf circumference versus foot size. The socks are clearly labeled for your right and left foot and for me, it takes a bit of pull to get the sock over my heel and I feel there is more support around my ankle than other compression socks. I also felt they came up higher to my knee but the area by the knee is thinner and doesn't feel like it cuts into my knee and doesn't bug me one bit. This is huge for me because I can be fussy about how things feel on that tender skin behind your knee.


On the reverse, the first few times I took these socks off I wanted to pull my hair out trying to get them off over my heel but then it dawned on me to stop trying to take them off without them turning inside out. Once I let go of that crazy hangout, taking them off is so much easier. Yes, it is still snug getting the socks over my heel but I honestly believe that is what contributes to the extra ankle support I feel in these socks. For anyone with ankle issues, this has to be a plus!

I love running in them and the socks have the same thickness of my standard go to running socks so no lacing up shoes tighter or not as tight. They stay in place when I run and in all reality, I forget I have them on. My legs feel happy and when I had some bruises on my left shin (a work-related injury) I pulled on these socks more often for the added support and that nasty bruise is essentially gone now. Thank goodness because it had a good knot in it! I honestly feel without the socks the bruise would have taken longer to heal.

What are my final thoughts?

I love wearing compression socks and no longer keep it just for long runs. You can find me in them at least 2 runs a week! I am also now seriously researching compression shorts to tend to my cranky left glute and perhaps that needs some extra loving hugs throughout the day.

I am also very happy that one of you can receive a pair of CEP Women's Progressive+ Run Socks 2.0 yourself to run in. Enter today and share the love by spreading the word. The giveaway ends March 26, 2015 and I will contact the winner as soon as possible...most likely the very next day!

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Daily Gratitude: I am thankful I am in the position to pay the goodness forward.
Daily Bible Verse: Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. ~ Hebrews 13:16