A Prayer to the Cardio Gods

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By Tori Carruth

When I was in high school, I ran on the cross country and track team, spent a few seasons cheerleading, and played soccer all four years. I basically chose every sport that included miles of running as a “warm up”. As a result, after high school I pretty much swore off running as much as I swore off wearing Ugg boots with skirts (not my best look).


Once I got to college, I realized that my metabolism wasn’t what it once was, and I could no longer eat McDonalds for 2 out of 3 meals a day. After a few years of “working out” (I put quotes around this because, let’s be honest, I went to the Rec Center to gossip), I finally have decided to take up running again. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers; I’m not kidding.

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SO! What makes running fun? So far, literally nothing, except maybe new shoes. If you’re a runner, a casual walker, or you just want to rock your leggings and 5 year old sorority t-shirt on your weekly Target run (no judgement, girl), check out these cute shoes that will at least be fun to look at when you’re already stopping to walk on mile one. Just me?

I got my shoes on sale and can’t seem to find them anywhere now L However, I’ve linked some similar and some other pink shoes that I love! Happy running!

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Summer Workouts

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Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

By Tristan Cablay

The weather is hot.
The outdoors is calling.
Now is the time to mix your workout up!

Summer offers the perfect opportunity to get moving and get outside.

Here are some super easy ideas for summer workouts that can be fun, social, and even provide the opportunity to get some wiggles out (I’m talking stir crazy kids to the 9-5er cooped up behind that desk and anywhere in between).

Here are some super summer workouts the iGoPink crew suggest:

BIKE. Knock your cardio out while getting somewhere. Do you have a few errands to run? Can you bike to a luncheon? Grab those wheels! Bike there instead of drive; you will be glad you did!

  • Try it: Bike by Interval: Mix your pace up. Go from leisurely sitting to a crouched or standing high-intensity ride. Time yourself.

SWIM. It’s hot! In some areas, it’s unbearably hot! If you are planning to cool down by taking a quick dip, there are several fantastic exercises that use water resistance to tone and build muscle. Swimming and pool exercises are fantastic because they offer a low-impact total body workout.

  • Try it: Pool Leg Exercises: Try standing in the pool and kicking your leg forward, to the side, and then to the back. Knockout several reps on each side.

WALK. RUN. JOG. HIKE. (WINDOW SHOP.) Whatever you like to call it… Get moving. Strap on those athletic shoes and log 10,000 steps! It’s the perfect time of the year to start a new fitness routine! Excuses stop today; notice we added window shop… take advantage of an air-conditioned mall if the heat is your deterrent!

  • Try it: The Move It Challenge. Give us 10,000 steps for 21 days, and we will give you a healthy habit!



At Home Workout in 20 Minutes

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By Erica Johnson

If you’re at all like me, finding time to workout is my #1 “excuse” as to why I don’t end up working out. As a busy working-woman, wife and mama-to-be (which I’m SURE I have no idea yet how much busier my life is about to get—kudo points to all the moms out there) time is my most valuable resource it seems.

However, after years of gym memberships I finally found my solution…I QUIT! (Haha…not in that way, but I quit going to the gym and brought my workout to my home.) Being fit and healthy is such a huge priority to me that I knew I needed to make a change. So I cleaned out a small space in our spare room, bought some free weights, a yoga ball and resistance bands and VOILA…no more “I’m too tired/busy/etc” excuses for not going to the gym. Now my gym is less than 100 steps away down the hall.

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How do I keep myself motivated without meeting someone at the gym or having a class to go to? Very simple, my sweet yellow-lab…she makes the best workout partner. My morning go-to is to walk/feed her (which she too is now a healthier and happier dog) and after our walk and hydration time (see my post on keeping hydrated) we head to “our” gym time. 20-minutes of crunches, free weights and I’ll either opt for some music to get my day going/think through my daily to-do list, or turn on the news so I can be up to date on what’s going on in the business world before I even get into the office.

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Now there are no more excuses…and to be honest, I rarely miss a morning workout as it’s ‘my time’…and even on my very busy days, just 20 minutes kick starts my day in the right way!

Our Yoga Journey: Before

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By Tori Carruth and Alix Angelelli

“I’m the first to admit that my workout plan is…lacking…and by that I mean non existent. I used to take kick boxing multiple times a week, but life happens and the commute was terrible. Recently, Alix and I were given the opportunity to try a free month at Yoga Pod, a new studio in The Woodlands offering multiple different yoga classes. To say I jumped at this was an understatement! I’ve always wanted to try yoga, and watching Jillian Michaels videos on YouTube doesn’t necessarily make me a yogi, haha! I can’t wait for the month ahead learning, strengthening, and toning with Alix at Yoga Pod! Check them out (they have more locations!) at http://thewoodlands.yogapodcommunity.com.” – Tori

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“I workout almost everyday by running, weight lifting, plyometrics, boxing. I’m not sure why I choose some of the manliest exercises, but I do. When Tori and I were given the opportunity to try a free month at Yoga Pod, I was SO down. I get married in t-minus 3 months and I rather look like a long and lean Blake Lively in my dress than Thor. I’m excited to challenge my body in a different way, focus on a routine that is built to reduce stress, and workout with Tori for a full month.” – Alix

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5 Healthy Habits for Memorial Day

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Celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with these 5 healthy habits.

1. Plan Ahead! Make healthy meal plans, grocery lists, and check restaurant menus and nutrition before you arrive at the table. Be sure to download the iGoPink Shopping List

2. Have a Potluck! Bring a homemade
dish so you know all the ingredients in at least one item. Easy Dish Idea: Fruit or veggie kabobs

3. Stay Hydrated! Skip or limit the sugary cocktails and sodas. Instead drink plenty of water and enjoy water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers and bell peppers.

4. Eat Before the Party. Don’t show up hungry! Have a healthy snack or fruit about 30 minutes before the gathering to help you avoid overeating.

5. Move around! By just sitting around the food table, you will most likely indulge on more food and sweets. Start up a frisbee game, talk with friends and relatives, and get moving!

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List to help you at the store! You will also receive our quick, easy, and delicious Watermelon Tomato Salad recipe.
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Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend!

Record Breaking Results at The Pink 5k

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The Pink 5k, presented by Northside FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, was a record breaking event on Mother’s Day weekend at Creekside Park in The Woodlands with over 1,200 people in attendance!

“It’s amazing to see so many people come out to support and honor not only the women in their lives, but women all over our community. The Pink 5K was a place for husbands, sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, and even dogs to unite together for such a powerful cause!” said Erica Johnson, Executive Director and Founder of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Participants in The Pink 5K were able to run, walk, bring strollers, and even walk their dogs along the course. Awards were given to the top male finisher, Will Hanson and the top female finisher, who took first for the second year in a row, Mariana Sanchez-Williams.

In addition to these awards, trophies were presented to the top individual fundraiser, a mother son duo, Tara & Elijah Goodson, who raised $1,166. The top fundraising team was the I-M Running Club, bringing in $1,870. All together, The Pink 5K raised nearly $75,000!

The Pink 5K wouldn’t have been possible without all of the sponsors, which included Luke’s Locker, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Terramont Orthodontics, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions and Great Estates in the Forst, Christian Brothers Automotive, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Massage Heights – Panther Creek and Spring Creek, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, H-E-B, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Flight Club Drones and Brooklyn Café.

The date for the 2016 ‘The Pink 5K’ is already set for Mother’s Day weekend. So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13, 2017! Proceeds from event go to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their numerous program services.

To find out more about The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit their website: www.iGoPink.org

Mother’s Day Weekend: Run/Walk The Pink 5K in The Woodlands

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The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, will take place this Saturday, May 7 at Rob Fleming Park in Creekside, The Woodlands.  With over 850 individuals currently registered, a few spots remain open until the event is sold out.

Online registration will be open until 12 pm on Friday, May 6 and onsite registration available on Saturday morning starting at 7:30am (pending availability). Online registration provides each runner with the official “The Pink 5K” hot pink t-shirt to wear on race day, bib number, and a customized medal for finishing the race!

All of this would not be possible without The Pink 5K official sponsors: Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, The Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now Services, Inc., SpeedPro Imaging, JStacy Photography, Tara Flannery, Massage Heights – Panther Creek, Avanti Senior Living, The Mansions Great Estates, Urgent Clinics Medical Care, Home Depot, H-E-B, Kendra Scott, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, KSTAR Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, Chick-fil-A, Blue Mug Café, Brooklyn Café, Mi Cocina, and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

Register online at ThePink5K.com individually or as a team. This is a family friendly fun run and walk to raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s programs.  Register now at ThePink5K.com to get in on the fun and honor the women in your life!

The Pink 5K: Early Bird Registration

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Pink5K 2016 Early Bird Registration


The Pink 5K, presented by Northside Imports – FIAT – Alfa Romeo – Maserati, is coming back to The Woodlands on May 7, 2016 for its third consecutive year, and the Breast Cancer Charities of America has a special offer for signing up early.

Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person for both individual runners and teams. Registration for The Pink 5K, held in Creekside Park, can be completed at www.ThePink5K.com

The Pink 5K is open to all, so bring your family, friends, children in strollers, and even your dog! The race begins at 8:30 am, but those who come early will enjoy coffee provided by Blue Mug Café, bagels provided by Brooklyn Bagel, and fun in the photo booth provided by Woodlands Photo Co.

Additional event sponsors include Luke’s Locker, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, Insperity, Houston Fertility Clinic,  Kendra Pratt Orthodontics, Waste Connections Inc., Air Now, SpeedPro Imaging,   The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/ reviewit.FLair.Vida Social Magazines, K Star Country Radio, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, and Chick-fil-A.

Proceeds from The Pink 5k will go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain.  For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at 936.231.8460 or Info@iGoPink.org


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The Pink 5K Fundraiser Guide

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Thank you for registering for The Pink 5K! 

Haven’t signed up? You still have time! You, your friends, family, and loved ones can still take advantage of Early Bird Registration, buy tickets, and join a team at ThePink5K.com

Buy Tickets

So, what’s next? Now that you have reserved your spot, you now have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to further support women with breast cancer. After registering for the event, you should have received an email with the subject title “The Pink 5K Purchase Receipt” confirming the registration as well as an invitation to claim and log into your personal online fundraising account. If you have any issues logging into or setting up your account please feel free to contact us at jen@igopink.org.

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Now that you have claimed your account, CONGRATULATIONS on becoming an official 2016 Pink 5K Fundraiser! To get started, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!


Getting Started Tips


1. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!



Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved and what your connection is to the Pink 5K and supporting women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

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2. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.


3. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

To save a photo, click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on the image until a dialog box appears. Then select “save” to have your own copy of the image. You can then update your profile photos by uploading the image(s) on Facebook.


Profile Photo:

Option 1:


Option 2:


Option 3: Be Creative. Create your own! Use a photo from last year’s race, take a selfie dressed in your best pink attire, share a photo honoring a loved one – the options are endless! Have fun and update your photo as race day draws nearer.


Cover Photo (Profile Banner):

Option 1:


Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 2:


Click here to view and save the original image to fit the recommended Facebook profile cover photo size (dimensions 851px by 351px).

Option 3: Create Your Own! Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are participating in the Pink 5K and raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.


Facebook Example:

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4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are attending the Pink 5K and fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.

Save and share the images below with your personal message on your Facebook timeline:

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  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

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5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).


Thank you so much again for becoming an official 2016 Pink 5K Fundraiser!

Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!

8 Tips To Eat Healthy At Restaurants

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Healthy restaurant guide


Make healthy choices even when you’re dining out! These tips will help you to make healthier choices when enjoying a meal or happy hour at your favorite restaurant or local dive.

  1. Before you go, look up the Restaurant’s menu and nutritional facts online! Many restaurants offer information about their dishes, drinks, dressings and more on their website.
  2. Sip and Save the Calories
  • Best option: WATER! Order and sip on a glass of water even if you are planning to order another beverage. This will keep you hydrated and fill up without any added calories.
  • Iced Tea – unsweetened
  • Avoid high calorie drinks like juice, cola, sweet tea, lemonade, or fancy alcoholic beverages or mocktails like margaritas, daiquiris, pina coladas
  • Avoid or limit your alcoholic beverages per consumption recommendations to no more than 1 per day, unless instructed by your doctor otherwise. If you do choose to drink, drink responsibly with a meal and make sure to drink plenty of water in between sips.
  1. Go for lean protein
  • Chicken breast – boneless, skinless
  • Fish and Seafood – wild caught
  • Lean Ground Turkey
  • Turkey Breast – boneless, skinless
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Beans
  • Nuts and seeds
    Meats to skip or cut back on
  • Red meat
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs or sausage
  • Cold Cuts
  • Processed meats
  • Preserved meats
  1. Fill up on greens that are:
  • Dark green and leafy
  • Fresh
  • Colorful
  • Steamed or grilled with healthy fats
    TIP: A salad that is full of raw fresh vegetables is a great way to fill up on nutrients instead of a heavy meal that is high in calories. Be careful to review and omit unhealthy toppings or dressings! Choose low fat and calorie dressings like balsamic vinegar.
  1. Limit or skip:
  • Appetizers – avoid filling up on empty calories before a meal
  • Bread, pastries or baked goods
  • Creamy soups
  • Pasta
  • Rice – avoid white and choose brown or wild rice when steamed or fresh vegetables aren’t an option
  • Potatoes or starchy vegetables (that includes fries and chips!)
  • Sugary, glazed or canned fruit
  • Sides made with dairy products such as cream, butter or cheese
  • Sides topped with unhealthy meats like bacon bits, chips, fried ingredients (chips, shrimp, strips), or processed meats
  1. Avoid dishes that are:
  • Fried, breaded, crispy, creamy, or au gratin
  • Cooked/Sautéed in butter or unhealthy fats/oils like
  • Covered with a heavy or creamy sauce (peanut sauce, ranch, caesar, blue cheese), sweet sauces (barbecue, ketchup, duck sauce, syrup, fruit glazes), heavy condiments (mayonnaise) or high calorie dressings
  • Watch out of unhealthy toppings! Omit cheese, croutons, crisps, chips, strips, wontons, or fried toppings
  1. What do I say?
  • Large portions? Order the lunch, half portion, or appetizer size of the dish. If you can’t order a smaller portion, cut the meal in half immediately and plan to take the dish to go.
  • Order your food “naked”, without sauces, dressings, and toppings, or order them “on the side”.
  • Ask that your meal be prepared without butter or oil. Restaurants will often be willing to steam, grill, bake, broil, poach, or roast your dish or side instead.
  • Ask for more options that may not appear on the menu.
  • Compare and choose healthier sauces, dressings and toppings.
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  • Skip dessert or limit your intake (share one dessert for the table)
  • Order a cup of fresh berries or fruit instead (without cream or covered in chocolate)
  • Bring an individually wrapped square of dark chocolate with you to reward yourself at the end of the meal. This will be a way to reward yourself for making healthy choices!

Think positive! You CAN make healthy choices AND enjoy dining out.


Be sure to share these 8 Healthy Eating Restaurant Tips with your friends and family! It’s easier to stay on track if you support each other in making healthy choices together.

Join us this January and CLICK HERE download our #iGoPinkChallenge Guide to help make wise choices when cooking at home or eating out!