I am thankful for so many things and even though this time of year may be bittersweet for some, including myself, there is always joy surrounding us! To be surrounded by family and friends (near and far), and LOVE…it doesn’t get any better than that!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of this journey!

Love & Light


Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Flexing Once Again!

The soreness from my marathon this past Saturday has subsided. I think my awesome 30 minute Zumba sesh last night helped out with that! I planned on being there for the entire 90 minutes, but I had last minute things to take care of. One thing is for sure…I sure have missed my Zumba Mamis! I can’t wait to start back in January.Fit Zumba

Today I was able to start my vacation early and I managed to dodge all of the holiday madness. I was able to pick up everything I needed for our Thanksgiving feast. Between Zumba and all of the running around getting last minute items, I walked the length of the Sahara Desert with my Fitbit! I am planning on getting in a post-Thanksgiving workout on Friday. Maybe Insanity? By the way, if you have a Fitbit and struggle with getting your water in or if you want to find out a way to reach your hydration goals, check out my Facebook post on this game changer! 

Fitbit Charge HR

Now I may love fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle, but I’m not the food police. Moderation is everything! I like to sample small bites of my favorites so I won’t overdo it. I want you to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and all of the wonderful eats that come along with it! I can’t wait to taste my macaroni and cheese and my Mom’s dressing! Let’s just say I’ll be carb loading for my long run Saturday. No? Well at least I can pretend! Seriously, enjoy yourself!

Carbs thanksgiving


Oh…I made gingerbread for the first time! YUMTASTIC! 



What are your plans for the holiday?

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!



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!



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!


The Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes

I Said “Yes” and It Changed My Life.

MedalMonday12This past Saturday I traveled to Meridian, MS to conquer 26.2 miles in the Magnolia Marathon. Once again, I did something that I thought was impossible. This marathon was life changing in so many ways. Every challenge that I face reveals something new. I witnessed a journey of triumph, strength, and perseverance. It was also a defining moment for me and how I viewed myself…how I viewed my life. I can’t wait to share this experience.

Marathons teach us so much about life. Even one of my favorite Alex and Ani bangles says, “It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon”. After having time bask in my excitement, I decided to watch Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday featuring Shonda Rhimes. This was such a powerful episode where they discussed Shonda’s new book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, career, children, weight loss, and how saying “yes” for one year to life experiences changed her life. Her new book will be added to my must-read list. This episode of SuperSoul Sunday confirmed everything that I have been feeling lately. I hope to start this book before the new year.

The Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes


At the end of SuperSoul Sunday Oprah shared these words:



Say “yes” to something!


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!


Embracing My Inner Book Nerd: What I'm Reading Next!  | My Pretty Brown Fit

Embracing My Inner Book Nerd: What I’m Reading Next

I haven’t done much reading lately, but I want to embrace my inner book nerd. There’s something about the holiday season that gets me excited about reading! I wish I could be like other readers who get into books like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Dune, etc. Well, I did come close. I started book one of Twilight then a marathon aired on T.V. right before the last installment released in the movie theater, so I ended up sending my books back to the library.

I did, however, add a few books to my must-read list for the new year! I enjoy reading all types of books and the genre also depends on my mood. I’m excited that I have a few more races left this season because I’m ready to start back reading.

Here are a few books on my list:

  1.  My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon by Bart Yasso Bart Yasso: My Life On The Run | My Pretty Brown Fit

If you know me then you know that I am a for real-for real, Bart Yasso stan. Okay…you can call it a semi crush—but whatever. And yes, the HB is very aware of my love for Bart. Bart is a true icon and the Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World. He travels around the world to various races sharing his love for the sport and the people. When I met him at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Family Reunion Breakfast it was seriously the best day ever! I finally got my “Bartie” (aka selfie) with the one every runner loves! He’s always smiling and makes runners of ALL levels feel at ease. Aside from the fact that I was super nervous when I met him for the first time.

Me and Bart Yasso

About the book:

With My Life on the Run, Bart Yasso–an icon of one of the most enduringly popular recreational sports in the United States–offers a touching and humorous memoir about the rewards and challenges of running. Recounting his adventures in locales like Antarctica, Africa, and Chitwan National Park in Nepal (where he was chased by an angry rhino), Yasso recommends the best marathons on foreign terrain and tells runners what they need to know to navigate the logistics of running in an unfamiliar country. He also offers practical guidance for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners, such as 5-K, half marathon, and marathon training schedules, as well as advice on how to become a runner for life, ever-ready to draw joy from the sport and embrace the adventure that each race may offer.

Wendy of Taking the Long Way Home had the opportunity to meet him recently AND she scored an interview! Now that’s pretty sweet if you ask me because you know how much I love Bart! You can check out her interview here. Thank you for sharing about this book, Wendy!

To find out more about Mr. Yasso, visit

I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner. —Bart Yasso


2.  Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

After seeing the movie War Room there was no doubt that I needed to pick up a copy of Fervent. Back in 2013, I had the opportunity to hear Priscilla Shirer speak at our reCreate Women’s Conference. She’s a powerhouse and she did an exceptional job in War Room! Her teachings have empowered so many women around the world and I’m grateful for her Godly wisdom.

About the book:

You have an enemy…and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted. Fervent is your chance to strike back. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.


3.  Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

I have been a fan of Kimberla Lawson Roby for many years. It takes a special author to grab my attention and she is definitely one of them. A few years ago, I read one of her books cover to cover in the library on a bean bag chair. It was just that good! She’s also very well known for The Reverend Curtis Black Series. I also had the opportunity to meet her in 2012 when she came to Birmingham for her book tour. You can read about it here. I’m excited that she is releasing a new book in January 2016 called, Best Friends Forever!

About the book:

Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he’s working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves.

But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine’s best friend, Lauren. They’ve been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who’s there for Celine in her darkest moments.

Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late?

You can pre-order your copy today!

If you are like me and don’t have time to read, check out this post from Mandy of Off The Beaten Shelf: Book Nerding is Hard Sometimes (An Homage to Readers Who Don’t Have Time to Read). Also, if you are on Goodreads, let’s connect:

What are you reading?